L'As du Fallafel
What we love…
- Easily the best falafel in Paris can be found at this shack of a restaurant in the 4th. The neighborhood is known for it's Jewish, and Middle Eastern communities, and as we all know, where ever you find ethnic communities you also find some seriously delicious eats.
- Paris isn't well known for it's wide array of falafel joints, so it's nice break after a week or two of baguettes to wander into Marais and smell the familiar scent of garlic, chickpea, and toasted pita. Before you even spot the restaurant you'll likely see numerous people walking (or sitting on sidewalks) with a sandwich gripped in both hand, hummus smeared on their face.
- If you're a fan of the falafel (and really, who isn't) you won't be disappointed here. The vegetarian falafel balls are perfectly seasoned and crispy, covered in garlic sauce and hummus, topped with thin slices of pickled cabbage—adding just enough tart to the creamy delicious mess, and the whole lot is stuffed into a fresh, lightly toasted pita.
- When you walk into the almost always busy restaurant you'll want to head right to the cash to order and pay for your falafel first. You'll get a receipt, which you will hand to the guy behind the sandwich counter, who will craft your falafel. Each sandwich is about €4.00, and the price is pretty low considering the size of the sandwich—indeed it was enough to fuel our entire afternoon kicking around the Marais neighborhood.