Much as deep-frying the humble potato turns it into the glorious chip, deep-frying wads of chickpeas and herbs turn them into falafel, a fantastic spectacular wonder food. It’s possible to get decent falafel in a few places around Dublin, but I always felt they weren’t getting the respect they deserve. So I was really pleased to see a new place opening in the city centre that is devoted to these golden balls of crunchy greatness.
Umi Falafel is on Dame St opposite the Olympia and serves falafel, salads and sides to eat in or take away. It’s early days but I’ve eaten there twice now, and I think I might love it. For a mere €7.50, you can get the falafel plate, which came with a little dish of olives to start, four falafel, a bowl of salad, flatbread, three dips and a drink.
Everything was great quality, tasty and really nicely presented. The place itself is lovely with a spacious and simple interior, and great graphics on the wall. The second time I was there, there was a couple of hiccups with the service, but it was completely understandable as it was so new, and the staff were very apologetic and nice about it.
Falafel sandwiches are €6, salads are €5.50 (and come with falafel in them) which is all great value, but the lunch deals are the real star on the menu. Oh Umi Falafel – don’t ever change.
Have you tried Umi Falafel? Any other tips for good Heavenly Chickpeas in Ireland?