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    L’AS DU FALLAFEL

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    L’As du Fallafel

    34, rue des Rosiers (4th Arr.)

    Paris

    (33) 01-48-87-63-60

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    • CUISINE

      Falafel
    • HOURS

      Sun.: 9:00am-5:00pm; Mon.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-12:00am; Fri.: 12:00pm-3:00pm; Sat. and Jewish holidays: Closed
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Not required
    • BAR

      No
    • YEAR OPENED

      1979
    • PRICE (TAKEOUT; DINE IN)

      EUR 5; EUR 7
    • NOISE

      Medium
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      "The Special" falafel sandwich
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Soft drinks; fresh lemonade
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
    • METRO

      St-Paul
    Mr.Mystery

    VIBE

    Rue des Rosiers in Paris’s former Jewish quarter is packed with falafel vendors, but don’t waste your time shopping around–make a beeline for L’As du Fallafel (or as we say en anglais “The Falafel Ace”) because this ace trumps them all. Even the barebones décor, rushed-off-their-feet servers, and long lines can’t put us off when we’re craving L’As du Fallafel’s fried-to-perfection falafel topped with hummus, pickled cabbage, cucumber, fried eggplant, and harissa (all smushed into an oven-fresh pita). We usually get ours to go from the takeout window and chomp (sloppily) as we wander the surrounding cobbled streets of Le Marais, but for an extra EUR 2, you can also hunker down among the cash-strapped students and photo-snapping tourists at one of the cramped tables.

    CROWD

    Hungry mix of falafel fanatics, tourists, students, and locals.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    It’s really casual. We’d go for a machine washable look (favorite jeans and a funky t-shirt) because the sandwiches are super messy.

    GO HERE WITH

    Vegetarians; friends; kids

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    Don’t let its touristy reputation put you off–it’s popular for a reason. Once you’ve tried the out-of-this-world falafel, you’ll know what we mean. We usually order “The Special” (which comes with every topping imaginable), but we like how you can also place a custom order for the combo of your choice.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The loooong lines at lunchtime (and at many other times, too!).

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Grab a fistful of napkins, or prepare to walk around with sandwich remains smeared on your face for the rest of the day. If you’re not keen on falafel, try the shwarma, which also gets rave reviews. One for the celeb-obsessed: Lenny Kravitz is a regular customer, and if you don’t believe us, check out the verging-on-creepy photo shrine on the wall of the restaurant.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    In-N-Out Burger (Los Angeles); Canter’s Deli (Los Angeles); Wahoo’s Fish Taco (Los Angeles); Rock and Sole Plaice (London)

    Read more about L'As du Fallafel in The Diary


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