Notting Hill and the Falafel King

Notting Hill and the Falafel King

Traveling to London on a tight budget can be tricky. Everything there is expensive: food, lodging, transport … There are a few places for shopping that are very affordable, especially if you like thrift stores.
I really like to eat well. So I am already comfortable that I will leave shopping aside a little bit to spend in places where I can have a memorable gastronomic and cultural experience.
It was my second time in London, but the first time in the Notting Hill neighborhood. I only had one day to get to know there, which was on a Sunday, the only day that the famous street fair would not be there. I was a little skeptical thinking about how one of London’s most famous neighborhoods, on a Sunday, would have nothing to offer visitors. So my tip here is this: even without the famous fair, Notting Hill boils on Sunday. I got there by subway and walked to the main street, Portobello Road and went down.
Falaffel1 To start, the residential neighborhood is It is full of colorful houses and the late autumn trees made everything even more charming. When you arrive at Portobello Road, you can see all the shops selling handicrafts, porcelain, clothes and trinkets. whole day in one block, not to mention the cafes too, packed with Londoners sipping their brunch.
I got excited and went to the end of the street. If you continue to Portobello Road and pass under an overpass, you will arrive at an open flea market and “international food court”, which are actually several marketers of different nationalities who park their kombis there and sell quick snacks. I would have eaten a ham sandwich (yes, there is too!) If I had not seen a very nice snack bar (that had tables outside to sit), Falafel King.
falafel2 Falaffel2 The place had people coming and going (hint: when I’m out of references on where to eat, I always go somewhere that is full of people, even if I face lines; all those people can’t be wrong!), so I was curious to see what it was about. I had eaten falafel in São Paulo, in a Lebanese restaurant that I really like and wanted to see how they served there. For those who don’t know, falafel is a fried chickpea dumpling, and in São Paulo I mixed dumplings to all the other things I put on the plate.
Falafel king is a corner cafeteria and, although full, was well organized and with a beautiful decoration of mandalas and other pieces of Arab origin. Three girls served the public, all very polite and with a shy smile. Inside the restaurant there were no tables, and inside they had a sign saying that they served “take away food”, that is, you choose, pay and take your food to eat somewhere else. The falafel is served inside a flatbread as a sandwich, with plenty of tahini dressing, lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad (with some other accompanying options) and if you want, and hold on, pepper. For £ 5.50 you buy a very well stuffed falafel sandwich. I ordered the kids version, a little smaller, for 3 pounds, which I tried very hard to finish (it was so good I wouldn’t waste it!), A great bargain! They also serve free homemade lemonade for anyone who wants.
Falaffel5 Despite the place being“ take away ”, They keep some tables outside for their customers. I found a table in the sun (because it was very cold over there), I sat down with my friends and we spent a lot of time chatting and watching the movement of the street. mint tea, which they make there with fresh herbs, and it cost me £ 1. Although the dumpling is fried, it was very dry (I didn’t taste any fat at all) and all the other ingredients were very fresh. option for vegetarians, because the falafel has no meat.
It would have been perfect if it weren’t for an event: the owner’s tantrum. A small group that had bought their snacks at the fair next door decided to sit at the Falafel King tables. The owner of the establishment saw it, went to them with a broom (!) And started shouting saying things like “I do something nice for you here and besides not buying my food you are making the biggest mess! Get out of here! ”. Well, the group (all women) left on the spot, but came back about 10 minutes later with male friends to enter the restaurant and offend the owner a little more. A few more minutes of shouting, some punches were exchanged, some customers were astonished, but finally the staff left and the owner went inside the restaurant.
I, without any fear for my life, went inside the restaurant to ask the girls who were serving if I could take some pictures to do this post. Wide-eyed, the girl who served me said it was better if I came back the other day, because if the owner saw me with the camera, who knows what he was going to think and I was in danger of taking some pellets too.
Falaffel4 Anyway, I believe you have it was an isolated fact because the place was still with people coming and going. Good and cheap falafel sandwich, I highly recommend it!
Falafel King
274 Portobello Road
North Kensington, London

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