Middle Eastern oasis

Apr 16, 2012, 07:25 IST | Soma Das

Lovers of traditional Lebanese cuisine can rejoice as Ta'amia � The Falafel House has opened its doors at Matunga

On the week day we planned to drop by Ta’amia — The Falafel House, we had a hard time locating the eatery. It was only when we called them did we get the exact location, which was within the premises of the popular DP’s fast food eatery, thanks to a tie-up with the management. The only signboard we spotted was on the cooking station outside. We made our way inside and found menus of Ta’amia scattered across the tables alongside DP’s menus.

Ta’amia (Egyptian for falafel) offers a range of starters ranging from Curly Masala Fries to Za’atar Cheese Pita. We opted for the Spicy Baby Potatoes (Rs 90), which were yummy and true to their name and had us gulping water to douse the fire.

Next up, we tried the Hummus Platter (Rs 140) and Za’atar Pita (Rs 40). The platter included three varieties of hummus — regular hummus, basil hummus and spicy hummus. We liked the basil and spicy hummus, which boasted of unconventional flavours and were complemented by the warm and soft Za’atar Pita sprinkled with dried herbs. It was a meal in itself.

Ta’amia — The Falafel House is located at Matunga

The Fattoush Salad (Rs 110) included fried pieces of pita bread, mixed with fresh vegetables such as tomato, onion and cabbage sprinkled with lemon juice, spices and vinegar. It looked colourful and tasted deliciously healthy. The Lebanese Pizza (Rs 120) was similar to the regular desi version of pizzas but with the same colourful toppings that dominated our Fattoush.

The Mushroom Shawarma Roll (Rs 110) was filled with falafel bullets and tender mushrooms and tasted average. However, the chilli sauce accompanying it came as a saviour, and added brownie points to the roll.Lastly, we digged into the Falafel Sandwich (Rs 120), which included tomato and cucumber slices tucked with falafel bullets and mayo sauce. The sandwich satiated our taste buds, sufficiently. It was time to end our meal.

The menu doesn’t list any dessert options but if you would prefer a sweet ending to your Middle Eastern sojourn, you can always switch sides and order from the DP’s menu. In terms of service, the attendant was pretty clueless about the Ta’amia dishes on the menu and the items took ages to arrive. We hope things on that front tighten up soon before word spreads around.

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