Falafel Kitchen is situated on Crwys Road in Cardiff. It is a small vegetarian cafe and deli. A friend recommended that I tried it so we arranged to go on a Tuesday lunchtime.
Middle Eastern delicacies have gained popularity and Falafel Kitchen is a great example of how the food can be incorporated within Western culture. It seems a popular lunchtime choice with many customers sitting in and getting take aways. As you can guess the menu is filled with falafel. Falafel is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas. I had never tasted it before and was very eager to try it.
My friend who is a Vegan is a big fan of Falafel Kitchen. It fits her dietary requirements very well, for example she was able to have almond milk in her coffee instead of cows milk. She ordered a falafel pitta at £4:50. This was falafel with humous and salad in a warm pitta bread. The cafe had a salad bar which featured a mixture of different salads, sauces and pickled vegetables. This is always a good feature for a lunchtime venue because you can pick exactly what salad you want at what portion size ( and have the ability to go back for cheeky seconds). The salads were all sliced finely so you could fit plenty inside your pitta. She really enjoyed her choice and recommends the cafe to all Vegans.
I decided to have the half and half pitta. This was falafel and schnitzel (breaded chicken, yes they serve meat too!!). This came in a pitta with humous and salad again at £4:50. I added lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and pickles to my pitta. The doughy pitta was heavenly. It was toasty, which is just how I like it, but not too hot so you can’t eat it straight away. The chicken was tender. The falafel was interesting, the texture was a lot like a bhaji but in the shape of a stuffing ball. I enjoyed it and it went well with the other elements of my pitta. The salad was lovely and fresh. The humous cemented it together. I would say however that this could be dry without the tomatoes or cucumber because of the textures. It was a filling lunch. The presentation of my pitta didn’t really impress me, although we sat inside we were still served our pitta in a paper bag. This meant that the meal did start to get a bit messy. I would have preferred the pitta to have been served on a plate. There is an option to have a plate dish at around £6:50 which included rice or chips. This seems a bit unfair, because of my meal price, it got served in a bag and not on a plate.
Falafel Kitchen spiced up my lunch time and at a very reasonable price too. I recommend if you are in the area to go and try out the menu. The location is a bit tricky to get to for drivers but with a bit of patience car parking spaces do become available. Falafel Kitchen is great for Vegans, meat eaters and those who are fed up of their boring ham sandwiches. Go there and try it out!!