I miss Israel. So when I found Café Falafel, I was delighted. Had I known it was just west of Montreal West, it would have saved us a long drive. Now that I do know where it is, I will be a regular.
A glass bar of colourful salads, Israeli-style, caught my immediate attention. Then I feasted my eyes on the vegetarian shwarma listed on the blackboard. This traditionally meaty dish is served here in its veggie form. Add falafel, humous, foul (a bean dish) and you have heaven for vegetarians and (I can’t help myself), a haven for the falafel maven.
Israel is known for its infinite ways to serve eggplant, and Café Falafel serves at least four delicious varieties. We tried them all along with the Moroccan carrots and grilled cauliflower, my favourites.
Irwin’s comments on the falafel: “Outstanding! Mouthwatering!”
At 8:30pm on a Friday, Saleh Seh was making fresh falafel and stuffing them into soft freshly baked pita for his crowd of hungry munchers. The Harif (spicy Middle Eastern sauce), said Irwin, is “the real thing!” as he doused his falafel with the hot stuff and dunked it into the humous.
The prices aren’t bad either — $8.99 for a falafel or shwarma plate with all the trimmings.
We tried everything our keto diet would allow. We couldn’t taste the pita but the aroma was dangerously seductive. To get a feel for the pastries, imported from Israel and others baked in Montreal, we took an assortment to The Senior Times to be tasted. Staff pronounced them delectable and scrumptious.
The ambiance of this storefront with its communal wooden bars and flat-screen TV, on which we watched the French election debate, is perfectly suited to the food and the
diners who mingle and exchange quips on the election and how good the falafel is. One New Yorker declared it “better than in Israel.”
Café Falafel is open seven days a week from morning till 10 or 11pm. They also cater and you can take almost anything home in containers.
Thanks to Ronen Baruch for blessing us with this wonderful taste of Israel! And next time you have a party or the munchies, remember, this is the real thing!
374 St. Jacques W. in Ville St. Pierre. 514-595-PITA (7482).