Beni’s Falafel: A Hole-in-the-Wall Hummus Try!

I have a favorite falafel-an. I like it so much that I’ve happily appended the -an/-han suffix, much like our local tapsihan, gotohan, and barbecu-ehan. Appropriately enough, it’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall, much like most joints that have earned their -an/-han suffixes. This falafel place is called Beni’s Falafel.

Beni's Falafel

I apologize for the silly pun in the title. But I couldn’t resist. Sorry.

First off, what’s a falafel? Hailing from the Middle East, a falafel is a fried bean fritter. Think, vegetarian meatballs. Chick peas or fava beans are minced with an assortment of strong spices, like cumin, coriander and garlic, then fried. In appearance, it looks like a meatball. But when you bite into the green-tinged center, you can tell that this isn’t your grandmama’s meatball.

Beni's Falafel

The Star of the Show: Beni’s Falafel

The most popular thing on their menu is Beni’s Falafel, a pita pocket loaded with five balls of falafel, shredded cabbage and onions. Provided with it are two squeeze bottles — one of a creamy white dressing, and the other of a super spicy chili sauce. The reason why it’s popular is apparent upon first bite. Beni’s Falafel is a meaty non-meat sandwich. It has the mouthfeel of a burger, without the greasiness. It packs a strong flavor, with all the spices, then mellows with the addition of the creamy dressing. The chili adds heat, so you’ll probably want to grab a soda with it.

Beni's Falafel

Falafel and Hummus Platter

Another dish we enjoy is the combination hummus and falafel platter. Chick pea overkill, I know, but I still can’t get enough of it. The platter comes with five falafels, a generous side of hummus (with black olives), and a fluffy piece of pita. Their pita bread is thick and pillowy, the way it’s prepared in Israel, the lady behind the counter tells us. The pita they use is made by an Israeli expat. And an award on the wall claims that their hummus is one of the best and most authentic.

Beni's Falafel

Shakshouka, perfect for sopping up with their fluffy pita

For tomato lovers, there’s the shakshouka, another traditional Middle Eastern dish which features stewed tomatoes, onions, and a poached egg in the center. This is also served with pita and is perfect if you want something hearty.

Beni's Falafel

They have meat dishes, like this Chicken Schnitzel, but really, it’s all about the falafel.

Beni’s Falafel is a very small place. There are just three small tables sharing the interiors, along with an even smaller open kitchen. There are two additional tables outside, if you don’t mind eating on the sidewalk. Despite the unassuming vibe of the place, it’s often crowded by expats and backpacking foreigners, enough to make you curious about eating there. While Beni’s menu is on the slim side, the dishes they do offer are good enough to keep a steady clientele coming back.

Beni’s Falafel can be found at 4364 Valdez St. Poblacion, Makati City, across A.Venue Mall.
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10 Responses to Beni’s Falafel: A Hole-in-the-Wall Hummus Try!

  1. Lakapati says:

    That’s it! Imma going to try this on Monday.

  2. Sue Donymko says:

    I’m going to A. Venue tomorrow. I am tempted to try this one!! Birthday dinner of a friend. So tempting to lure them here instead hehehe.

  3. Kaye Catral says:

    I wanna try!!! But I get lost in Makati. I don’t even know where A-Venue is. Hahaha! Will googlemap nga.

  4. Hershey says:

    The place and the quality of food looks like a steal! How much do they cost thought? So I know if I can go there during lunch times hahahaha! The shakshouka looks really hearty with good chunks of tomatoes in it :)

    • kaoko says:

      Prices are reasonable, Hershey. Not fastfood cheap, but not restaurant expensive either. The falafel sandwich costs less than 150, IIRC. I think you’ll be safe with 150-300 per head. Best to bring friends along, so you can share the sides. 😀

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