Keyif (Blessington St)

Keyif is Turkish for ‘pleasure’, an apt name for this small cafe up off Dorset Street. Run by a friendly Polish man with very little English, the cafe is a bright, clean and welcoming place, if a little bit small! I wandered up there on the advice of Rabble Magazine (or at least the person running their Facebook page!) who swear by the kebabs – ‘in proper Turkish flat bread too’. I was ravenous when I got there so ordered a full falafel meal, a choice I’d later almost regret, and sat at the window to do some people watching.

Keyif Shopfront

Flavour: 8/10 Freshly made and generously sized, the Keyif balls of falafel were delicious. Warm, soft and full of flavour. I like them a bit crunchier but that’s personal taste – these were really well made and ready to be eaten! They came in piping hot kebab bread and swimming in all sort of sauces and fillings. The chips served with it were perfect.

Fillings & Sauces: 9/10 Everything you could want on a falafel and more. If anything, there might’ve been too much! Fresh lettuce, tomato, red onion, white cabbage, cucumber, even slices of cooked carrot! The sauces were simple – a not too spicy red chilli sauce and a regular garlic sauce. Lashings of each made for a messy but really flavoursome meal.

Keyif Falafel

Presentation & Value: 8/10 The presentation was pretty standard – nothing out of the ordinary but not unappetising either. The meal was a bargain – at only €7 for the falafel, chips and a bottle of water it was a steal. It filled me for the day too – large portions and big on flavour.

Overall Grade: 8/10 Great value, really really tasty meal and a decent sized portion too. Very little between this and the top falafel so far. For meat eaters out there the kebabs look immense. I will definitely be going back!

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