It appears that I have been the only one not aware of L’As du Fallafel’s staggering reputation before I ate there. But everyone else in Paris seems to know about the place. This was the line:
It was Sunday in the Marais, and the Marais is the only area of Paris that doesn’t shut down on Sundays, so this street might look like any other busy shopping street, but if you look carefully you can see that everyone on the left side of the street is in line. They’re in line for take-out from L’As du Fallafel, the most famous falafel place in France and probably all of Europe.
I waited for about 30 minutes, where I had fun people-watching and checking out the piles of fresh veggies characteristic of Middle Eastern cuisine. The green paste in the large bowl is falafel mix before frying.
And the classic, the vegetarian falafel:
Spend enough time in the Marais and you’ll definitely notice people eating these pita pockets out of hand as they walk around. On weekend parks and public gardens nearby are also filled with people all doing the exact same thing – eating falafel from those warm cones of goodness.
There’s many falafel places besides L’As du Fallafel for those who don’t want to wait in line. One of these things is a complete and filling meal, with protein, starch, and lots of flavorful veggies, roasted and fresh. The play of textures is fantastic. Tahini is the default sauce. Don’t be dumb like me and forget to add harissa.
So was it really the best falafel in Europe?
Well, it was very yummy. I’d eat it again and the price is good, but I’m not looking forward to waiting in line for half an hour for this. Obviously, I must do more research and eat more falafel to be able to form an educated judgement. There could be worse fates.
L’As du Fallafel
34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris