Felafel and Kebab is a colourful little place bang in the heart of Temple Bar on Essex Street. I noticed it just a few days after I began this blog and have since been recommended to check it out by a few of the readers on here. So a few days back I wondered in one afternoon. It’s a clean, bright and open restaurant/cafe with a nice feel to it – shishas in the window, which you can smoke outside on the street, and some Mediterranean artwork on the walls. There’s a lot to chose from on the menu with 8 different types of falafel on offer – yes you read that right – 8! Theres the Greek falafel with hummus and garlic sauce or the Palestinian falafel with rocket, tomatoes, tabouleh, hummus and chili sauce – they even have an American falafel with chips and cheese! I chose the ‘Original’, served with cabbage, red cabbage, tomatoes, hummus, chili sauce and garlic sauce and sat by the window, watching the world roll by.
Flavour: 7/10 Pretty tasty, very fresh, homemade but just not up there with some of the other ones I’ve had. Cooked perfectly too so no complaints there, they just didn’t pack a wallop of taste.
Fillings & Sauces: 8/10 Simple but full of flavour. Both the red chili sauce and the white garlic sauce actually tasted of their ingredients, adding a lot to the dish. The hummus was lovely too and all the other ingredients were crisp. The bread was incredible – fresh naan, still really warm and doughy.
Presentation & Value: 8/10 The plate looked nice and appetising, if unspectacular. That said it’s not a restaurant so much as a kebab shop/cafe, so I wasn’t expecting a piece of art! Simplicity works too. In terms of bang for your buck it’s up there with the best – €5.00 for a felafel, €7.50 for a meal.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 I really liked the place, the staff, the menu and the felafel but it was lacking something. I feel like I’m being snobby or unfair, but I just don’t think it was as nice as the 8s I’ve eaten in, let a lone the 9s. I’ll definitely be back and kudos to them for the variety of falafel – yet to see that anywhere!