• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 14 reviews )

Eerste van der Helststraat 43 (at De Pijp District), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1073 AC

Little shop selling falafel, humus, salads, fries. Uses a special liquid vegetable deep frying fat. Everything made by Sonny, the owner. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mediterranean, Fast food, Middle Eastern, Take-out only

Reviews (14)

First Review by jenniseattle

Seriously, best falafel ever - Edit

Everything is freshly made and you can taste it.
Super friendly guy behind the counter and the flavors are to die for. Don't go to maoz, this place is by far the best of it's kind.

Pros: fast service

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Best felafel ever - Edit

I went here for lunch & had a great experience. The food was fantastic and super fresh, the prices were reasonable, and the owners were gruff but pure of heart.

The basic idea of it is that the chap puts some felafel (and optionally eggplant or feta) into a toasty bit of pita bread, then you add whatever fillings you want from the salad bar. The fillings are awesome: big pickled chillis, roasted carrots, salsa verde, olives, chockpeas, etc.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap, Generous

Cons: No booze

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Very rude people behind the bar, falafel is ok. - Edit

The owners, (indian looking man and dutch woman) are very rude and unfriendly. The falafel used to be very good but over the years got worse and worse. Compared with Maoz the saladbar is ok, more choice. But again, the people working there are very unpleasent and will warn their customers if they miss place the spoon back or drop a bit of salad next to the container. Price is higher than the other falafel bars such as Maoz. Not going back there.

Pros: you can eat falafel

Cons: rude personal, relative expensive

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Best falafel sandwich - Edit

Me and my boyfriend really liked their pita falafel! They're soft en just delishes. For me it's the best falafel I've had. The owners were friendly and let my boyfriend refill a couple of times hihi

Pros: tastes

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Not recommendable - Edit

Sonny befindet sich mitten in der Stadt und ist im Prinzip eine Pommesbude. Die spärlichen Sitzgelegenheiten davor bieten kein einladendes Bild, was durch Unfreundlichkeit des Besitzers unterstrichen wird. Sonny wirkte ziemlich launisch, wenig auskunftsfreudig und antwortete scheinbar nur unter größtem Zwang auf unsere Fragen, welche Saucen vegan seien. Auf seiner Onlinepräsenz noch angepriesen, dass ein Großteil seiner Saucen vegan sind, bekamen wir auf die Nachfrage nach Mayonnaise nur die schroffe Antwort: "Mayo is NEVER vegan!".

Die Pommes, die sodann mit Erdnusssauce und Hummus gegessen wurden, waren nicht unlecker, aber auch nichts besonderes.

Allein schon aufgrund der Unfreundlichkeit des Besitzers ist Sonny keinesfalls empfehlenswert.

Cons: unfriendly staff, expansive location

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Better falafel than Maoz. - Edit

Better falafel than Maoz. Too bad Sonny is really unfriendly too his customers. Seems like he doesn't enjoy doing what he's doing.

Pros: nice falafel, great toppings, whole wheat pita

Cons: unfriendly, pretty expensive

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OK - Edit

The falafel was good but nothing special and most toppings were vegan. If I was in the area I would go back, but I would not go out of my way to return.

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Not bad - Edit

Decent food, not much variety but enough for fast food. Decent price for the city of amsterdam (nothing is cheap). Not friendly service, as a tourist i felt some hostility(it was the only place where i felt that in Amsterdam).

Pros: nice food

Cons: Unfriendly service

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Small falafel/fries joint. Decent. - Edit

Decent place for falafel and fries. Very similar to a Maoz, if you're familiar with that.

Not bad, but not outstanding. I'd consider it one of those "if you're in the area" places, but not worth a special trip.

Pros: All-veg

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Best falafel in Adam - Edit

Good stuff. And fries are fresh cut from real potatoes.

Another thing that makes this place great for falafel is the location. Sonny is in a pedestrian only area with a lot of cool bars and coffee shops.

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Good food - Edit

Nice small but cozy place not far from Sarphati Park, reasonable prices (less than 10 euros for falafel menu, French fries and drink), friendly owner-chef who is always ready to offer variety of dressings and side dishes in addition to falafel. We found out about this place thanks to HappyCow and it didn't dissappoint us. We ate there several times during our stay in Amsterdam and were very satisfied with the food.

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Not far from city center

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Delish all-you-can-eat salad bar, ho-hum falafel - Edit

We stumbled upon this vegetarian falafel joint near the Albert Cuyp market and, being hungry and uncertain whether we'd find something equally meat-free and tempting in the 'hood, decided to take a gamble. The fellow behind the counter was friendly and helpful, explaining what was vegan and what wasn't (only the tzaziki wasn't vegan). We ordered falafel and had the choice of whole-wheat or regular pita, with eggplant or without. The salad-bar offerings were varied and tasty: curried chickpeas, hummus, tapenade, and lots of different salads and several hot sauces. Just like its competitor, Maoz, Sonny offers all-you-can-eat falafel fillings, so you don't have to feel shy about going back for seconds. The falafel itself was sort of boring; not a lot of flavor, unfortunately. At least it was filling and hot. The fries were good, too: crispy and hot. We also got a special vegan dipping sauce (a mix of hot sauces) instead of the mayo-based stuff they usually serve. We appreciated the interesting drinks--lychee, tamarind, coconot--and the tables out front. Later, we discoverd a Maoz right around the corner, but I'm glad we tried Sonny, if only for comparison's sake.

Pros: cheap, filling, mostly vegan

Cons: falafel lacked flavor, fast food

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Sonny, yesterday my life was filled with rain - Edit

Picture the scene:

You've recently arrived in Amsterdam, it's nearly 10pm and you're very hungry, so you've headed out to an independent falafel place which has a good review on Happy Cow. You've checked the place's own website and it doesn't close until 11pm, so you have more than an hour until it closes. Great!

Now imagine your disappointment when the owner gruffly waves you away saying his kitchen is closed and he's not serving any more. Did you mis-read the website? No, he's just decided to knock off early.

Never mind, you can just nip next door to grab a burger, or some lasagne, right? Only you can't, because you're vegetarian or vegan and therefore have to be a bit more choosy about where you eat.

So, stomach rumbling, you get back on your bike and head back to the hotel to research somewhere else to eat...

Sonny: if your website advertises opening until 2300 then you should stick to those hours, okay? If you must close early, do it with a smile and an apology, not arrogance.

Cons: closes early without warning

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Located on a great street with outdoor seating and plenty of nearby bars & coffee shops, this place is delicious and priced well. Tons of serve yourself toppings (hummus, roasted carrots, sauces, pickled beets, cabbage, garbanzo beans in a curry sauce, etc etc etc). DELICIOUS! Also, try the roasted coconut water or the Ginger Beer. Yum. Sonny, the owner, was incredibly friendly too. Highly recommend!

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