Wanna get a taste of the Middle East without traveling out the U.S.? Fear not, Amsterdam Falafel Shop in Somerville is here! New in Boston since July 2012 and pushing out falafel like hot cakes. Now dawns the questions for some…what’s a falafel?
Falafel is spiced mashed chickpeas formed into balls (hushpuppies) or fritters and deep-fried, usually eaten with or in pita bread. Perfect for all types of eaters Amsterdam Falafel makes eating fun with some basic order rules:
- Build your sandwich carefully; there are over 21 sauces and toppings to lace your falafel balls with. You can choose either a pita sandwich or bowl and how many balls you’d like.
- CRUSH YOUR BALLS!!! (love this) Make your sandwich a bit flatter so you can stuff all your toppings inside the pita pocket!
- Mix Up for Combinations; go gentle with some ingredients for instance the garlic can be intense.
- No Double-Dipping or Topping! You can only top a NEW falafel sandwich at the bar. Makes sense for sanitation laws and purpose.
I wanted my falafel to be a mountain of amazing sensations so I topped my pita with hummus, baba ganoush (a thick spread made from ground eggplant, sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic), yogurt dill (greek style dip), garlic cream, tahini (a Middle Eastern sauce made from ground sesame seeds), and some spicy cole slaw! Sooooo good.
How can you really go wrong here? The price is reasonable (at most $10 for a meal) and the toppings are so healthy. Next time I go I’ll adding beets!
Not into falafel? They also have fries, wait, excuse me Dutch-styled “frieten” with a lovely crunch and lovely taste. A pretty good alternative to me. Especially with the Curry Ketchup! Drool!
I totally agree with the site that these locations helps one escape on a mini get away to Amsterdam, away from work and everyday troubles. I washed my meal down with an Izze since I was in the mood for healthy carbonation.
Opened 7 days a week, swing in to Amsterdam Falafel in Davis Square and get your Middle Eastern kick! I have to send my thanks to Washington DC for the start of this company. Now with other locations, branching to Maryland this company is only gonna grow and expand. I wish them all the best!
248 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144