Saturday, September 8, 2007

Chickpea: awful falafel

At the end of the night on Monday, we went to Chickpea for falafel.

Mabel says that it was the worst falafel she has ever had. She didn't even have to think about it. I felt the same way. She thought that the white sauce could have redeemed it, but the white sauce wasn't any good either. And there didn't seem to be salt in anything.

Not that there wasn't any flavor. I thought that the falafel pieces themselves tasted like cardboard with a hint of lime.

What was the deal? Mabel heard of the place by reading a positive article in the New York Times earlier in the year.

It turns out that they changed their formula within the last month. Other confused diners noticed this immediately. Chickpea recently decided to start baking their falafel and go the health food route. The result is disastrous. I am sure they will reverse course soon.

While we were eating I was reminded of the best falafel either of us had ever had. It was at L’As du Fallafel on Rue des Rosiers in the Marais, March 28, 2006.

I mentioned it to Mabel which made her really depressed. We stopped eating and threw away our unfinished falfel. We couldn't finish our night with that falafel.

We shared a slice of pepperoni pizza at the Ray's nearby.

23 3rd Ave (btn St Marks Pl and 9th St)
New York, NY 10003

L'As du Fallafel
34, rue des Rosiers
Paris, France


dave said...

L’As du Fallafel... yes!

David said...

Just updated with a picture of L'As du Fallafel. Dave, I'm glad you like them too.