Just the perfect falafel sandwich, just overpriced.
Just the perfect falafel sandwich, just overpriced.
I do admit it seems a bit over priced for a falafel sandwich but they are the best in Tokyo in my opinion.
I have tried falafels in other places but they do it the best.
Had the falafel plate. It was huge and had lots of bits for you to make up your own falafel. Really fresh and made to order. Highly recommend
My regret to inform everyone, but the restaurant now requires you to buy one drink per person (minimum of 500 Yen) on top of the price of the food.
I am very sad about this. I used to walk to eat here every week from my work place in shinjuku. I highly recommend going to vespera falalfel in Koenji instead.
:< I will never eat here again.
The food and ingredients are good. I tried a falafel sandwich and lentil soup, and both were delicious and fresh. The hot sauce in particular is fantastic...made with fresh ground peppers as a kind of paste...one of my favourite things here.
The quality is good, but just note that the prices are higher than average. 1200yen for a falafel sandwich ("full" size, which to me seems just "regular") isn't exactly cheap.
Location is a bit inconvenient. It's not really "close" to anything...kind of in the middle of nowhere, separated from the other side of the street by a highway, and easy to miss once you do find it (small sign). You should use a map to find it first time. The restaurant atmosphere is not that great and is quite bare...basically just a counter. It's ok for a quick bite but that's it.
Finally, as for service...it's generally fine, but to be perfectly frank, there does seem to be an undercurrent of attitude here. I did go mentally prepared, but for someone unprepared or unaccepting of service attitude (especially in Japan), I can see how a visit could go sour.
Summary: Decent food, but seems a bit overhyped. Bear in mind the caution about the service...your mileage may vary but it may be less friendly than you're used to in Japan.
Update: Having gone a few more times since my original review, and encountered varying food quality (twice found the falafels way over-fried...basically dark brown balls of grease, along with variable quality of veggies), I feel forced to revise this review. Also, I have to mention that I've unfortunately seen a bit more of the attitude mentioned by previous reviewers. Not every time, but when it does surface, it is admittedly unpleasant. Bit of a strange place I must say. Even with all this, given how everyone seems to love this place so much(?!) I hesitated to lower the rating. That is, until I finally tried the mind-blowing Vespera's (reviewed separately). That did it...now I can't in good faith leave this as a four star (although, just reducing it by one). As for the repeated hype over this place, well...I don't really get it.
Updated from previous review on Sunday September 21, 2014
My husband and I love this place! Everything is so fresh and yummy. It's a small place but every time we've gone we've waited no longer than 10 minutes for a seat. The people that work there are very nice and we are always pleased with the service.
The falafels here are delicious! I go here every time I visit tokyo. You can get a full serve or half serve, go full if you're hungry. Highly recommend
To start with I didn't really like falafel, but this place is SO GOOD. We ate here 3 times. Each time you wait a little while because they are making it all from scratch to order, but SO DELICIOUS. The pitta is homemade, as is the falafel, hummous, dressing etc. portions are massive, super fresh and so delicious, hot and crispy and chewy! Tiny place, just a few counter seats, but always had a cool laid back vibe with great tunes playing. will miss this place!
Used to live 5 minutes along the road from Kuumba du Falafel - it's probably a good thing that I don't any more or I would be poor! We love to get the falafel/pita plate - you get lots of falafel, salad, veg and hummus stuffed in a tasty pita with dressing on the top. Beware the chilli sauce though, it has quite a kick! The shop itself is quite small, counter seats only and doesn't have much atmosphere but the food more than makes up for it. Also good for take out. Highly recommended!
I travel a lot and always search for a falafel to eat... and this one was the best in my life! It was hugh and so big and fresh, that you just have to go there!!! :)
I ordered the full size falafel sandwich. The sandwich was amazing - loads of salad, tahini and crispy falafel balls waiting at the bottom. There are also bottles of hot chilli sauce on the counter if you like it spicy. I was shocked at first to pay 1200 yen for a sandwich, but it was very filling with good quality ingredients.
I would have given this place 5 stars if it weren't for the rude staff. One guy even snatched the menu out of my friend's hand! They seemed irritated for some reason.
I've been to this place twice. The first visit wasn't so nice, as the guy who who took our order seemed to be having a bad day.
When I went there after a few months, the staff were different and the service was good.
The falafel wasn't bad, either. :p
Ask for the big falafel plate. Some salad, tomatoes, and vegetables, with humus, and fried chickpeas. The lentil soup is delicious too. The cooker is kind. You eat sit on a stool at the counter. Very small restaurant.
The most beautiful farafel in the world!!
and the taste is also amazing!!
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