I was working one Friday afternoon and was feeling a bit hungry. I have known of Beni’s falafel for the past few months, knew that it was somewhere near, so I hunted down for it. It was a literally across where I park my car usually, I never noticed. It’s a small nondescript place. Seats about 15 people, in a tight fit. But I have read reviews about their food, their falafel mostly, and I was excited to try it.
I knew what falafel was though I have never tried it. It’s like a vegetarian version of all the middle eastern food I like. A combination of cumin, coriander seeds and leaves, are the signature flavors of each. And the fact that it is made of chickpeas. So I kinda knew what I was getting into.
I ordered half a pita filled with 3 falafels, with the addition of hummus, and a Coke. Topped with cabbage and mixed in with tomatoes, I took a first bite. Nothing brilliant. Not bad. I topped it with the yogurt garlic sauce expecting what’s so-so to become brillliant (the way it does with most med food), and it was just a sad, sad addition. I tried the hot sauce (it was really hot by the way) and it was no different. I missed the garlicky flavor. Maybe I got a sad bottle of the sauce, but it was really just nothing, no flavor added to it.
Thinking that I will finish this dish, having only ordered half, I was surprised to find out I can’t finish it. Maybe the flavors needed to be countered. Or I was not that hungry (but I was kinda hungry!). I ended up eating just enough, but never felt satisfied throughout the meal, and even afterwards. I know that this place has raves. And tourists staying at nearby hotels go here as well to eat. But I was seriously disappointed. I am thinking of trying a different dish just to see if it’s any better. But after that first try, I really am not looking forward to stepping inside that place. 😦
I will try to make my own falafel soon. And I hope it will taste better. 🙂