Paris's Falafel Rivalry Is a Full-Blown Food War
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And so delicious, too…. I love their falafel! Nothing in the States can compare. Looking forward to my next visit…. No, no, no! This place has scary food.
In the heart of the Marais, a ruthless battle is being fought in plain sight: Who, between L'As du Fallafel or Mi-Va-Mi , is the best dealer of chickpea patties in Paris—or should we say, the world? The year-old rivalry may be nearing its final hours. Today, the culinary traditions of the Jewish community survive in this corner of Paris. All photos by the author. It's a different world here. Religious libraries sit alongside traditional bakeries like Korcaz where the scent of challah escapes from the building into the street every Friday morning at dawn , and atheists cross paths with Chabad Jews who grab young people in the street and place tefillin on them the phylacteries that are worn during morning prayer. And in the middle of all this, if you're starving, you'll find authentic kosher restaurants that serve Israeli, Polish, or Tunisian dishes—food that's rich with history and attracts tourists the world over, as well as Parisian Jews who have their regular habits and favorite tables.
A good falafel sandwich is enough to make you a vegetarian, at least for one meal. That's my feeling, anyway, and at L'As du Fallafel — on Rue des Rosiers, in the heart of what was once Paris's most vibrant Jewish neighborhood — that feeling is compounded, because the falafel is so good that this is the one culinary destination in town I never skip. The sandwich contains the requisite super-crisp, garlicky chickpea fritters, with creamy hummus, lightly pickled red cabbage something between slaw and kraut , salted cucumbers, fried eggplant and just-hot-enough harissa. This is all piled into a pita in such quantities that eating it is an adventure in napkin management. You can make for a slightly neater experience by eating in, but aside from the cramped tables and the brusque though not unfriendly service, there is something about this sandwich that begs for it to be eaten outdoors.
L'As du Fallafel, Paris