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Falafel! April 25, 2008

Posted by tuimeltje in dinner, eating out, review.
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Since my time in Germany didn’t get me any of the falafel I was looking forward to, I thought I might as well get me some right at home.

At De Falafel:
De Falafel

Not too long ago a Maoz opened up fairly close to De Falafel, but I keep going to this one. I’m not sure if there’s a quality or price difference, but De Falafel has less of a chain feel to it than Maoz, which I like. Besides, it was here first.
Also, it’s on a more convenient route to my place. While Maoz is probably not even half a kilometre further away, it feels weird walking that way.
The Stadhuisplein area is just not my kind of place.
Maybe it’s that SkiHut place…

They changed the prices somewhat since I was last there. IIRC, a white pita used to be cheaper than the wholemeal one, but now they were the same price. I think they simply raised the price of the white ones. Not that I really mind. It makes choosing the wholemeal one easier.

Hiding falafel
Falafel, hiding under a bunch of veg and sauce.

While the falafel was good and perfectly satisfying, I was vaguely disappointed about the whole thing.
I’m not sure, but I think I got more falafel last time I went there. And the salad bar wasn’t kept up as nicely as it normally was. The counter was kind of messy and they were nearly out of some things. The beet bits were just a few pathetic strings and there were just a few bits of carrot left. The veg didn’t have that much flavour, either.
The tahini dispenser gave pathetic little squirty blobs of sauce rather than a nice good amount. I had to push the thing a few times before I got what I wanted, when before just one push would do.
I hope it’s just this once. When I went there before things always looked clean and abundant, so I’ll probably go back there next time I want falafel because of habit and convenience. But if it turns out to be the start of a general decline of the place, I might consider checking out if Maoz has wholemeal pitas.
There are many kebab places which sell falafel (most do, I think), but that big freaky meat thing they have hanging around kind of puts me off my food. Also, I doubt they do falafel as thoroughly as falafel places, with salad bars and everything.

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1. VeggieGirl - April 25, 2008

AHHH!!! I love falafel :0)

2. tuimeltje - April 26, 2008

Me too. :) My dad told me it’s supposed to be breakfast food in Egypt. Kind of unexpected to me, but it’d make a good breakfast, I suppose.

3. Bonnie - April 26, 2008

Falafel would make any meal a good meal! Even breakfast, I would say.
It’s interesting that you say ‘De Falafel’ was there first, I always thought it was the other way around (I have no idea why). I walked past the place a couple of times, but always chose to go to Maoz instead because I was sure that their food is vegan (I heard there’s meat-falafel out there, and I thought there may be kebab etc. too, so I was a little scared). I never actually entered the place, though, so I’d like to try than next time. You’re right, it would be nice to go to a non-chain place as well. It’s certainly more conveniently located, I have to go out of my way to visit Maoz. Not that it’s not worth it, of course…

4. tuimeltje - April 26, 2008

It would indeed. :)

Maoz has been all over Amsterdam for years now, but it’s fairly new in Rotterdam. The place near Stadhuisplein, anyway. It’s been there a few months, maybe?

When I’m in Amsterdam I usually go to Maoz as well, since all other places that mention falafel also mention a bunch of meaty things and I do know Maoz is vegan (if you don’t take the garlic sauce).
When I first visited De Falafel some years back (quite possibly to introduce my mum to the wonderous world of vegan food, or at least falafel) I asked about the vegan-ness and was told all except the garlic sauce was vegan.

5. Bonnie - April 26, 2008

Great! I’ll definitely pay the place a visit then. Thanks for posting this.

6. tuimeltje - April 26, 2008

You’re most welcome. :)


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