L’As du Fallafel is an institution in Paris. Ask about where to buy the best Pita Shwarma sandwiches, or where to have the best falafel in Paris, and you will most likely be directed towards this place. It is on rue des Rosiers, surrounded by a number of other falafel restaurants, all plying their trade in the same way, stopping pedestrians and pushing menus in their faces. It feels a bit like harassment, but hey, they do what they have to do.
The queue outside L’As du Fallafel is always longer than at the other restaurants – one wonders whether there really is that much of a difference in taste, or whether its popularity has just fed the hype. I took the kids and we got there fairly early, early enough to not have to wait too long for a table.
Inside it’s tightly packed with tables with paper place mats, and the waiters – bring out the plastic knives and forks and bottles of tap water, as soon as you’re seated. No fanfare, no bells and whistles. Orders from their extensive menu arrives within minutes, then it’s down to the messy business of eating those mega sandwiches that require both hands, or else it all falls apart. Its’s a quick, cheap, tasty meal, big enough to sustain you for the rest of the rest of the day. Not be done everyday though.
L’As du Fallafel, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris.