Israeli restaurant serving a small menu of Middle Eastern specialities
A small, no frills joint, Falafel TLV is a little bit more than your average kebab joint, serving wallet and veggie friendly fare.
Israeli cuisine is fairly unrepresented in Hong Kong. Granted, we have a lot of restaurants that fall under the ‘Middle Eastern’ category but none explicitly Israeli. Falafel TLV may not have had the most comprehensive menu when I visited, but it’s always good to have another country’s cuisine repped in our SAR.
The menu was fairly condensed, and all vegetarian. The friendly staff informed me that they will be serving carnivorous options soon, but ensuring veggie and meat items are grilled separately, to maintain the veggie-friendly accolade. Hungry, I chose the banana tamar - a blend of milk, banana and dates, a sabih pitta sandwich of egg, salad, hummus and aubergine and naturally, a side of falafel.
The banana tamar is essentially a banana milkshake - nothing special but it did the job. The sabih pita started well but the fillings were a little unbalanced. I wanted more aubergine and hummus, and less egg. The uneven distribution of the salad meant I didn’t find it until the end of the pitta, which was a tad soggy by then.
Much like the banana tamar, it did the job but next time I’ll get the hummus and the falafel pitta, as the falafel was some of the best I’ve had in Hong Kong. As it should be, considering it’s the eponymous dish. It was perfectly moist and crumbly but held together by the crispy outer layer. It paired well with the smooth, nutty tahini and sour mango pickle that were bottled on the table.
The sabih pita may not have rocked my world but the falafel was top notch and I look forward to returning to try the meatier offerings.
|Venue name:||Falafel TLV||Contact:|
47 Graham Street, Central
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat midday-10pm|
|Transport:||Central MTR Station, exit D2|
|Price:||Meal for two around $300|