Help yourself to accessories – all you can eat, or carry – at this fast, filling, friendly falafel specialist.
Please note, Maoz is now closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, May 2016.
Falafel-filled pittas are the star at this global vegetarian fast-food chain. White or wholemeal pockets, crammed with crunchy falafel, are handed to customers, who can then top them off with a choice of garnishes from the buffet. And what a feast for the eyes this salad bar is: from pickles and olives to bulghur wheat salad, shredded red cabbage and a huge selection of sauces – it’s easy to overfill your pitta. Meal deals come with a side of thick Belgian fries, always perfectly cooked, and to drink we’d recommend the tangy own-made mint lemonade. Maoz is mostly used as a low-budget take-away joint, but there are a few cramped tables that look out on to Old Compton Street. An ideal place for a cheap but flilling lunch, or a post-pub grub stop.
|Venue name:||Maoz Falafel||Contact:|
43 Old Compton St
|Opening hours:||11am-1am Mon-Thurs; 11am-2am Fri-Sat; 11am-midnight Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus/Tottenham Court Rd|
|Price:||Main courses £5.50-£8.60. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.|
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With only 30 minutes to get to the Cafe de Paris, and a grumbling tum, stopped in here for a bite the other week. Marvellous value, marvellous food; all so fresh and scrumptious. And all for six quid - you really can't go wrong - highly recommended to all and sundry.
Fancy dining it is not but if you are looking for good value veggie food in central London you cannot go wrong here.
I’ve been meaning to return to Maoz since I went there years ago with a vegan friend. It’s now moved so I was a little confused trying to find it, but really it’s very handy just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus on Old Compton Street. Maoz is an all vegetarian falafel bar, and although that may sound like they’ve pigeon-holed themselves into a tiny menu, there is actually plenty to choose from. We chose a Meal Deal which included a wholemeal pitta filled with lots of excellent falafel balls, humus and a large slice of fried aubergine, as well as a cone of Belgian fries and a tin of fizzy pop. At £5.90 a real bargain I think, especially as when they call you up to collect your meal you’re told you get to top your pitta with as much salad and sauce as you like. As many times as you like. From their fine fresh salad bar I opted for some fried mushrooms, baby beetroot, red cabbage, couscous and coriander sauce. Adam opted for coleslaw, fresh tomato, fried cauliflower and yoghurt sauce. All was delicious and perfectly fresh, as were the fries (perfectly chunky too). You can also choose from different falafel-filled pittas, topped with yums likes avocado, Babbaganush, boiled egg, and Feta. You can eat in at the canteen style benches, or take out (although I know I couldn’t tackle mine standing up!). And the place is open til 2am on Fridays and Saturdays (1am the rest of the week apart from midnight on Sundays) so it’s perfect for late night bingeing after soho drinks. Oh and there are franchises all over the world, a couple in Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Netherlands and LOTS in the USA where you can even have it delivered. We’re sure to see more of this happy little place, if indeed we did rather stuff ourselves and nearly spoil our dinner. It’s great value, fast and convenient, and ever so yum.