Falafel is a national dish in Israel. Originally it’s Egyptian food but like most of the Israeli cuisine it was adopted and made native like it’s always been here. It’s the most affordable and readily available food in Israel and especially in Tel Aviv. You can find countless falafel joints literally everywhere.
So what’s falafel? It’s seasoned chickpea balls deep fried in oil. Every place has its secret seasoning recipe and that’s what differentiates the various vendors. One of my favorite falafels can be found at Falafel HaKosem (The Magician). OMG, these crunchy brown oily falafel balls with green insides are just divine and perfectly define what food porn is.
Here falafel is a “main dish”. Tucked into pita bread and topped with some hummus, tahini and chopped veggies. At HaKosem you’ll be asked if you want to add fried eggplant slices – say yes, you’re gonna thank me for that! You can order 2 sizes of falafel – half (12 NIS ) or regular (19 NIS). But I usually get falafel in lafa (taboon bread) containing 10(!!!!!) falafel balls (27 NIS) and served cut into halves so you can share of take away the second half.
P.S Don’t dare to ask for fork and knife, we eat falafel with hands only.
P.S.S Whole wheat and gluten free pita available as well for an additional cost.
P.S.S.S Don’t be afraid if you see a long line, it’s totally worth waiting, especially when they treat you with free falafel balls.
P.S.S.S.S Take a look at their Instagram account – @hakosemofficial!