Two things struck me as soon as I walked into Ephesus – firstly, how very clean the place was and secondly, how friendly the staff were – a pretty good start. It’s a big open kebab shop, closer to a restaurant in layout than a late night, post-pub eatery with big windows and lots of nicely laid out tables. The man behind the counter was friendly, courteous and full of chat (both before and after serving me the meal), keen for me to come back in the future. Locals and tourists alike were greeted heartily when I was there, both groups had been in before.
Flavour: 9/10. The falafel was made up of a number of small falafel rings, almost like mini-doughnuts as opposed to the standards balls of falafel that were crunchy, tasty and full of flavour. Lashings of sauce and fillings alongside 4 quarters of a large, thin naan bread made for a DIY approach which was fun and not something I’d seen yet.
Fillings & Sauces: 9/10. Onces again I asked for everything and this time I got the whole nine yards – shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red cabbage, white onions, and a long, yellow, mild sweet pepper with a gentle kick. (He didn’t give me the smaller fiery chillis, thankfully!). All of the fillings were really fresh and succulent. The sauces were a white garlic sauce and a red, tomato based chili sauce and they actually tasted of their ingredients!
Presentation & Value: 9/10. A full, colourful plate of food served in a clean restaurant and with care. He didn’t rush making up the plate of food and asked me if I wanted each thing he added, even though I’d asked for everything. The meal cost a very reasonable €7, including a bowl of very tasty chips and a bottle of water.
Overall Grade: 9/10. There’s no doubting that this falafel will be very hard to beat. It was delicious and excellent value for money. I’ll be back here for definite, and I’ll be bringing people with me too!