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What We’re Loving Now: Beni’s Falafel

June 5, 2019

In front of a burger restaurant at A. Venue and a few steps from a Southeast Asian diner is Beni’s Falafel. Beni’s may be small, but it has already bagged a number of awards, recognizing his Middle-Eastern fare as possibly the best in the city.

Aside from Beni’s Shakshuka and Sabich, his Falafel is a must-try. At PHP 135 it’s a solid, reliable sandwich that delivers beyond expectations.

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These fritters start off with a good, crisp exterior that does not leave a greasy aftertaste. The inside is a moist blend of chickpeas, parsley, and a good sprinkle of herbs and spices that manage to still retain the nuttiness from the chickpeas.

Served with some shredded cabbage, onions, and tomatoes (that I eventually drown in the creamy garlic sauce), the falafel holds together well inside the pita bread, which has a gummy texture I like.

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Despite falafel not being the most popular choice on most local Middle Eastern menus, Beni’s does a good job of shedding the spotlight on this glossed-over Middle Eastern staple. Brimming with fresh flavors and undeniably delicious, I can’t think of anywhere else to get my falafel fix.

Beni’s Falafel
4634 Valdez Street
Poblacion, Makati
0906 349 1300 || Facebook

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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6 responses to “What We’re Loving Now: Beni’s Falafel”

  1. Maureen Antoinette says:

    I just had their falafel last Friday night, and yes, it’s sooooo good. By the looks of it, I thought it wouldn’t reach my tummy hahahaha, but it did! 🙂 Their mashed potato is also good. Not on the creamy side, just right. The close-to-an-hour-walk from Ayala Avenue to Beni’s did not disappoint.

    And we saw Beni! But I was too shy to ask for a photo :p Next time.

    • Mikka Wee says:

      ah! i saw that mashed potato! it looked good, indeed. will give it a shot next time. 🙂 thanks for the recommendation, maureen! 🙂 and beni is super nice, hahaha! i was also kinda shy to talk to him the first time, but he’s really friendly. 😀

  2. Hershey Ang says:

    They should create some sort of uh like meat falafel! Perfect for carnivores like me!

    • Mikka Wee says:

      hahaha! but that kinda destroys the whole point of falafel…but i feel ya:)))) thank goodness meatballs exist!

  3. charissetan says:

    Falafel looks goooooood.

  4. […] After several celebrities and foodies blogged and Instagrammed about Beni’s Falafel, the place is now crowded even during its off hours. At night, with the crowd spilling onto the streets, the tiny restaurant comes alive with the hum and buzz of diners trying to get their hands on Beni’s gorgeous fried fritters. Don’t be afraid if you’re the type of person who needs meat to curb their hunger- this falafel is blended and cooked so well, that you won’t mind that its made of chickpeas. Beni’s traditional Middle Eastern cuisine is the type of stuff you’d eat at a roadside taverna in Greece. Check out why we love his falafel here. […]

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