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Falafel stories – part 2

August 20th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Culture

It is turning into an obsession.


After my first experience of Mr Falafel (the one I felt the urge to write about), I was left floating on a cloud, unable to think about anything apart from my snack earlier in the afternoon.

So of course, the following day necessitated a second visit. I was taking a friend this time. As we sat on the train, approaching Shepherd’s Bush, my phone buzzed – a new email. It was a comment left on yesterday’s post. But the name looked familiar: it was Ahmad Yassine. Ahmad IS Mr Falafel. What timing. What a coincidence.

Nine minutes later we walked in, and asked to meet Ahmad. He was as surprised as we were. He’s a gracious host, and he had kind words for Kano and Maysaloon (who’ve written the other two glowing reviews of Mr Falafel) – he’s read their comments and blogs.

So here’s what Ahmad had to say:

“A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time and effort to write their lovely reviews about us … and I would certainly like to extend my gratitude to the ones who read them. I am honoured by what you have written about me and I shall do my very best to keep up the good work and hopefully enhance and buff the image of Palestinian/Levantine/Arab culture and food in the UK.

I have never been to Falafel Sahyoun in Beirut but I frequently go to Lebanon so next time I am there I shall pay a visit and try to give my humble opinion, Palestinian and Syrian Falafels are very similar because the core ingredients are chickpeas and vegetables on the other hand our Lebanese brothers like to mix chickpeas and broad beans (Ful) plus vegetables in order to make their lovely falafels and that is why our Syrian customers are in favour of our recipe, I have to admit though that many of my Lebanese customers have admitted to me that Mr Falafel’s wraps are far superior to Sahyoun’s but that’s their opinion not mine ;-)

You are all welcome, ….”

After my truly Syrian falafel (I went for the large this time, instead of the small one I had the previous day – and it really was a struggle to finish it!), followed by Ayran, we went for a walk in Little Syria.

And what drink did we come across inside one of the supermarkets?photo


8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cheb // Aug 20, 2009 at 6.15 pm

    little Syria? there were many many Iraqis there

  • 2 Jillian C. York // Aug 20, 2009 at 7.47 pm

    Oh man, now I want to try it! I haven’t yet had a good falafel in the US (and in Boston, it’s hard to find one that’s not Israeli).

    I miss Mirinda.

  • 3 Sasa // Aug 20, 2009 at 7.48 pm

    They actually call it Israeli falafel in Boston? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in London (I have in Paris though).

  • 4 cheb // Aug 20, 2009 at 8.45 pm

    it’s in waitrose.

  • 5 Nasser // Aug 20, 2009 at 8.47 pm

    Jillian!! Would you buy me a falafel if I took you to three Arab-owned falafel stores right here in Boston?

  • 6 Syria1 // Aug 21, 2009 at 3.41 pm

    If you are in Boston, East Side Pockets in RI is arguably the best! I think it could rival a sham experience:

    East Side Pocket
    278 Thayer St
    Providence, RI 02906-1548

  • 7 Maysaloon // Aug 22, 2009 at 2.10 am

    Hehe, Sasa I’m surprised you were able to wolf down the large one. You poor boy, this might be just what you need as you’re practically skin and bones!!!

  • 8 Sasa // Aug 22, 2009 at 2.15 am

    Seriously, I didn’t need to eat for days. The large was taller than me!

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