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King Falafel (Eglinton West)

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on November 11, 2011 / review policy

King Falafel TorontoKing Falafel packs big taste into a perfect little pita. A precious gem modestly nestled at the southwest corner of Bathurst and Eglinton, the Moroccan owned establishment has been dishing out affordable and delicious Middle Eastern fare for nearly 20 years.

King FalafelWhile the restaurant's façade isn't exactly a treat for the eyes, inside, the tantalizing aromas of roasted shawarma and fresh pita will instantly activate you salivary glands like one of Pavlov's dogs. The key to the King is simplicity and consistency. Some will praise other pita parlors for their myriad toppings, but a no strings and no surprises mantra can speak volumes. Adorning each warm, plentifully packed pita, is a base of homemade hummus, the protein of your choosing, and a cap of fresh chopped lettuce, diced tomato, tangy tahini and fiery Moroccan-style hot sauce.

King Falafel TorontoWe started our meal with a trio of sandwiches, all served in a warm chewy pita pocket. The light, crisp exterior of the made to order falafel is perfectly balanced by the soft, warm interior. Each bite melts in your mouth and tempts you to take another before you manage to swallow. The chicken breast kebob ($3.60) flavorful and somewhat smoky from its time on the grill, however I wouldn't have been upset with a little more substance in the meat department.

Despite the deliciousness of the falafel, the beef shawarma ($4.80) will always be the ace that bests the king. In my opinion, one of the tastiest and most classic shawarmas in the city. The meat has a delightful flame licked texture, almost like the sear on a well-prepared steak, and the Moroccan spices coupled with subtle curry notes take it over the top.

King FalafelCall it gluttony, but we dove into a plate of handmade baba ghanoush ($3.75), following our assortment of sammys. Velvety smooth and almost akin to an eggplant derived hummus, it didn't blow me away. Yet, I did appreciate that the scent of garlic wasn't immediately protruding from my pores.

King Falafel TorontoThen there was the baklava ($1.99). I'm not a man with a sweet tooth, but this is one flaky, chewy, honey laden, almond infused, log of legendary quality. Don't leave without trying one!

Five well prepared items, two drinks and a sub $25.00 tally that counts a tip for the friendly staff — well, that pretty much speaks for itself.

King Falafel TorontoWriting by Jason Finestone. Photos by Abigail Ainsworth.



Bartek / November 12, 2011 at 04:07 pm
Thank you for reviewing this. I would have never thought to enter anything within that uninviting strip mall but this was easily one of the best falafel sandwiches I've had. Keep up the good work!
elias / December 29, 2011 at 08:37 pm
Hananan mommy wants to see your cakes.
Sam Tobias Rubin / May 28, 2012 at 02:25 pm
legendary baklava my ass
John / January 10, 2013 at 07:12 pm
Worst shawarma I've ever had, and the owners attitude was immature and unprofessional, I would never set foot in that place again.
P Ferguson / April 30, 2013 at 11:26 am
This place has gone downhill. No more pickled turnip ("Oh, that's an old photo.")- is this the new normal in Toronto? Soup is too hot and flavourless. Room is ugly, dirty and uncomfortable. Avoid.
sister replying to a comment from P Ferguson / April 2, 2014 at 01:43 pm
you must be talking about the wrong falafel shop because they never served pickle's since they have been opened, It's been 36 years now.
mykeylykey / February 10, 2015 at 06:07 pm
totally agree . . . this place blows!!!! Only there once about 3-4 yrs ago. Falafel was gnarly. It tasted like they hadn't changed the cooking oil in like, forever. On the flip, the lady beind the counter (... owner???) was a sweetie. I hate to dog on indie, family, mom & pop, ethnic restaurants, they're my ATF. Middle-eastern, e-indian, latin, italian, portuguese etc.

I'm sorry, in a shwarma/falafel face-off, this place is miles behind . . . shwarma empire in scaborough, sababa in vaughn, kebob house in etobicoke etc.

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