My past unpleasant encounters with falafel have led me to disregard the dish whenever I’m out for some Middle Eastern fare. But yesterday, I decided to give those fritters a chance.
I dropped by Beni’s Falafel in Poblacion (inside A. Venue Mall) to get my hands on one of the metro’s most famous falafel. I was hoping to form a better relationship with this particular food item, though I know it’s not really for everyone.
As an absolute carnivore struggling to cut down on my meat consumption and make better decisions regarding what I put inside my body, choosing the healthier option is always a challenging, but nonetheless rewarding, experience. My usual problem, however, is that I find healthier alternatives to be less palatable.
But Beni’s might just become one of my go-to places for some guilt-free dining. As I discovered, falafel servings need not be either bland or tasting like soil.
My first bite into their signature Beni’s Falafel Sandwich brought me a huge sigh of relief. See, a bad meal can ruin my entire day, so tasting the warm and flavorful falafel inside a nicely gummy pita (just the way I like it) was a big success for that day. The falafel balls were crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside. They had an earthy and herby flavor, and there was a slight savory taste that I liked.
The pita was also stuffed with shredded cabbage and chopped tomatoes. The tahini and spicy sauces were not added before serving the dish. Beni’s Falafel allows the diners to choose how much of which sauce(s) they would like to add to their meals, which I found perfect since I usually like to have just a touch of heat in my food.
I also tried their Shakshuka, which was equally, if not more, enjoyable. Digging into the rich tomato dish was absolute comfort for me. It came with two warm pita breads. The poached egg did not have a runny yolk though (sad), but I finished the whole thing anyway.
Mr. Beni looked like a pretty hands-on businessman, too. He was very kind to say hello and ask how I was doing.
Overall, I had a good experience dining at Beni’s Falafel. Aside from their food, I also admire how no-nonsense the whole place is. Sure the ambiance could be improved, but really, it’s all about the food–and they know their food.
At a time when many restaurants are more about being Instagrammable and less about serving honest-to-goodness food, it’s nice to know places like Beni’s Falafel exist.
Beni’s Falafel is on the ground floor of A. Venue Mall, 7829 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City.