Walk down rue des Rosiers any day of the week, and you will easily spot L’As du Fallafel thanks to the long queue in front of its green facade, with staff running up and down scribbling orders for the take-away window. 'Often imitated, never equalled' is the slogan here, and few who have tried other falafel joints along this street would dare to argue.
Eating in the dining room is only a marginally less casual experience than munching this messy sandwich on the street, but it’s worth paying a little extra for the plastic plate and unique atmosphere. One one side, cooks work at lightning speed, dipping the chick pea balls in the fryer and filling pita breads to bursting. On the other, diners of all nationalities carry on animated conversations while juggling their sandwiches, creating a vibe more reminiscent of New York than Paris. Though shawarma is also available, nearly everyone orders the falafel special (€6 to take away, €8 in the dining room), piled high with crunchy cabbage, roasted aubergine, tahini and hot sauces. Most importantly, the falafel themselves are light, crisp and green with fresh herbs. Only the lemonade seems to have gone down in quality over the years; it might be worth trying an Israeli beer or wine instead.
|Venue name:||L'As du Fallafel|
34 rue des Rosiers, 4e
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-5pm, closed on Sunday|
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Best falafel anywhere! I rent an apt. each year in Paris for a few weeks, and we crave L'as du Falafel-usually pick some up several times during out stay! Wish they'd come to NYC, where I live!
If it's your first time here, the ordering process can seem a little strange - a man lurking in the street takes your order, you pay him, receive a slip and then wait at a counter for your order to be called. It's an efficient system though, and we have our food within minutes. The pitta is absolutely stuffed with fallafal and aubergines, which is delicious, but incredibly messy to eat..!
I recently combined a trip to France with a visit to my husband's family in Israel. While we were in Israel, we had falafel in several places. I enjoyed the falafel at LAsDu Fallafel the most! the food and service were great. It was fun to chat with other visitors to Paris and to compare notes about our visits to Paris. There were also many "regulars" who live in Paris and have family dinners there.