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Have you ever listened to a song and have been transported back to a specific time and place?
you can remember it like yesterday?,
you can remember the sights and smells?
I am not one to reminisce or wallow in nostalgia but the feeling was so strong and poignant.
The song in question is the Desert Rose by Sting and particularly the bit where he sings with a background of hauntingly entrancing Arab Ululating. and the lyrics
This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this
And he sings the song while sitting in a Jaguar S Type, which coincidently what my brothers and I were driving at the time as well.
I was listening to Desert Rose, in my newly Delivered Mercedes and was reminiscing,
I all of a sudden felt like some of the cuisine of the Desert, so like a mirage of an Oasis,
I stumbled upon Mrs Falafal, a street food stand next to the Sainsburys petrol pump on Woodlands Road.
My curiosity was piqued so I decided to have a wee try
I kicked off the proceedings with some Robata Grilled Haloumi on a bed of Tabouleh, Humous and Baba Ganoush.
The Haloumi was soft and buttery with a delicious char on the outside, If the Haloumi is not cooked properly it can taste rubbery and devoid of flavour, this, however, was delicious and had a lovely salty zing to it.
I was not overly thrilled by the Tabouleh, but that is a not a shortcoming of Mrs Falafal Tabouleh but my own preference, however, the houmas was smooth and zesty and topped with pine nuts(a nice touch)
and the Baba Ganoush had an earthy lemony Aubergine meatness.
Next up was the Mrs Falafal signature Falafel bowl, the freshly made falafel was quite simply a revelation, they were pillowy soft herby centre with a delicious crispy crust, they were expertly made so they were not greasy nor were they stodgy… Top marks
The Falafel too were accompanied with some Humus, Tabouleh, Baba Ganoush and some salad, I would give the salad a miss if I as to order the bowls again.
The Lamb Kofta wrap was equally delicious, the koftas were cooked on the Robata grill and placed in the flatbread with some house chilli sauce and Iceberg lettuce and Buffalo tomatoes, The lamb Kofta was nicely spiced and with a bbq smokiness made a great addition to the wrap…definitely my star of the meal.
The Star of the Meal?
Definitely the Lamb Kofta Wrap, and closely followed with the Falafel.
The miss of the Meal?
The Tabouleh Salad and the bland house salad.
Mrs Falafal hit the right spot with fresh delicious Falafel and freshly made Lamb Kofta, The food was cooked in a cramp food cart with limited equipment and ingredients, by Syrian refugees who did not have chef training, but it definitely gave some restaurants a run for the Dirham.
the service was cheerful and informative, with a proper Arabic welcome and cheeriness.
Top marks for effort and authenticity.
So how did Mrs Falafal compare with the best of Marouch, on Londons Edgeware Road, or Abd El Wahab, Achrafieh, Beirut or Allo Beirut Dubai?
It was definitely a good effort, for a street food stand it punched above its weight
Everything is Halal
Alcahol is not served