For many people this is their favourite place to get falafel. And I get why. Though it’s quite a simple form, this is what you expect form a good falafel. You can choose between a white or a brown pita bread and it comes with houmous and a crispy salad. I think the simplicity is strength here. Also the falafel itself is truly delicious!
‘Falafel King’ is on Portobello Road near the Westway bridge, on the corner. It’s easy to find as you can’t miss the lovely outside. I think it looks very appealing. The inside is even nicer. Though it’s quite basic inside, the walls are far from that. It almost looks like a museum. There are all hand painted signs, dishes and others things hanging on the walls. I love it! Even think some are worth hanging at home. It was a nice surprise. This is probably one of the reasons you’re not allowed to take pictures inside. I always ask before I take a picture somewhere, but here they weren’t very keen on it at first. After a little miscommunication and my explanation why I wanted to take a picture I luckily got permission. Yay!
You can’t really sit inside, but there are a few seats outside. So on a sunny day it’ll be lovely to sit there with your falafel. A fun fact is that next to ‘Falafel King’ is the ‘Banksy – Graffiti Painter’. Worth having a look in case you’re into street art.
Some downsides I would say are the opening hours. ‘Falafel King’ is open from 11:00-19:00 every day. There is not one evening where it’s open for a bit longer. One time after work I wanted to go there as I had to kill some time, but they were just tidying everything up and so I had to look for a quick dinner elsewhere. It was a shame. Also in my opinion I think they’re quite expensive. You pay £6,00 for 1 portion. You do get a free tasty lemonade with that though, which I think is a lovely gesture.
Overall I think it’s a nice place to get a good falafel. It’s a good place to take a break from all the amazing treasures Portobello Road has to offer. I’m sure you’ll be satisfied and though my personal favourite is still ‘Falafel Point’, I do see myself coming back here now and then.
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Yessss I love Portobello Road. That can’t come to you as a surprise anymore. One of the reasons I love Portobello Road is because of the falafel from ‘Falafel Point’. In Portobello Road there are 4 places where you can buy falafel, but ‘Falafel Point’ my absolute favourite! Since the first time I got my falafel from there I’m hooked. Since then, and that is about 1,5 year ago, I actually only go there. Mostly I go on Saturdays, but as I’m in the area a few times a week, I sometimes go on another day. It doesn’t really matter, as it’s always yummy!
‘Falafel Point’ is not a shop, but they have a green terrace tent with white and yellow letters. They used to be in front of the shoe shop ‘Office’, but they changed location and are now a bit further down in front of Holland&Barret. They are in Portobello Road all week (except for Thursdays and Sunday) from 10:00-17:00. On Thursdays they are on the Lyric Square in Hammersmith.
You can choose between large and small and between a falafel wrap or a salad. I mostly go for the large falafel wrap, because.. why not?! On the wrap is houmous, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, fresh mint, tahini sauce and they have their own home made peanut butter chili sauce. This sauce is just the best!! Probably one of the reasons this is my favourite place to get my falafel. It’s amazing! They always ask you nicely if you want all the toppings or to leave some out. So it’s really up to you.
They also have yummy spring rolls or the option you can only buy the falafels. I sometimes buy only the falafels to use them in a salad at home.. at least, that is if I didn’t eat them all on the way. Haha!
The thing I highly appreciate is the very lovely owner and staff! This also just makes you want to go back. Everybody I take here (and I do bring everybody here) agrees with me that they are so friendly and that the falafel is the best they’ve ever had. It’s a real thing in my circle of family and friends.
So for the best falafel from London you go to ‘Falafel Point’!
Do you love falafel as much as I do? Did you go crazy by the words ‘home made peanut butter chili sauce’ and are you going to try this? Please let me know or show me by using #PlanetManel on Instagram. Thank you! X