Serious portions, falafel sandwich, shawarma, carrot or lentil soup. humous with salad, kebab with salad, samosa plate, Mediterranean special, and juice Bar.
Checked out this place today at lunch. My shwarma plate came with rice that tasted old and the server dished out chicken that was pre cut and not shaved fresh from the hanging meat, so it was kinda dry. The salad was good and have the right lemon kick. The pita bread was definitely old as it took effort to break it apart and was extremely dry. Which brings me to miss my old fav Babylon Cafe which has moved so much further from my office. They know how to make a real shwarma plate. The interior was your typical joint with stool chairs no tables for group seating but I was not expecting comfort chairs but a good lunch and sadly that I did not get.
After having that delicious falafel wrap at Babylon, I was craving another while picking up some cold medicine last night. I remembered this place just next door to Shoppers.
After I walked in, I immediately noticed how old this place looked. It's in desperate need of a facelift. It also looked really dirty. There was nobody else in the place.
I ordered a falafel wrap and she proceeded to heat up some. As we waited for the microwave to finish cooking, she rang in my order - took my cash - walked back to the prep station. Ding goes the micro and she used her fingers to smoosh the falafel in place - without washing her hands! If my parking meter wasn't up and I wasn't so hungry, I would have asked for another one. Luckily, I didn't get sick last night.
Unlike the one from Babylon, this wrap tasted very heavy (heavy homous, heavy falafel) and too salty. At Babylon, their wraps include nice crispy lettuce, cucumber, tomato. Here, it's just browned lettuce and soft tomatoes.
I would not eat here again.
Okay, granted I've only had shawarma at about 4 or 5 other places in Vancouver, but the Falafel King on Davie Street is the best I've had yet. Each time I've gone there, the food has been fresh, the portions very generous, cheap and very tasty.
I've only ever had the shawarma plate, so I can't speak to the quality of other menu items, but what I have had has always been very good. The chicken is microwaved, yes, but it's never been dry or overcooked in my experience. Maybe I'm just lucky, who knows. The tabouleh is great, the hummus very tasty and the service has always been really good. It's tough to complain about the pita, but they buy it in, so not much to say about it anyway.
For under $7 I think it's an outstanding value as I've always been full after eating a shawarma plate here (sometimes I can't even finish it). The staff has always been really friendly and smiling when I go - unlike other similar places where they act like they're doing you such a huge favour by putting food on a plate for you.
All in all, I highly recommend this place if you're looking for a good cheap meal on the fly.
This was one of many places I have tried in the area looking to match what I am used to for shawarma in Ontario.
WOW! What a disappointment!
First thing I noticed was how shockingly dirty the place looked; looks like it was falling apart...I recall the rubber seal on its fridges hanging off...I doubt that this place is up to code.
check www.foodinspectionweb.vcha.ca/Nav-Main.htm to verify for yourself
Though, still looking for my shawarma fix I ordered a chicken plate. As I watched the person scoop tabbouleh out of a water filled container and squeeze it dry in their hands, I knew that this was going to be bad....I don't recall hands being washed between the money exchange and the tabbouleh squeezing btw.
After they finished microwaving the rice in the styrofoam container (yum!), laying out a salad with rotting lettuce and took the already pre-cut chicken bits from a half cut old frying pan and scraped it onto the mound of nastiness, I paid for the food, walked outside and threw it in the garbage.
If you want great shawarma, go for Babylon!
This is my favorite falafel place on Davie. I generally only eat the falafel. The woman and the man that work there are very friendly. All of the food looks good and I don't understand what the other person was talking about it being all dirty and not up to code...it's perfectly fine. I love the way they wrap the falafel and toast it and dip it in sauce...mmmmm check it out for sure!
Don’t go there, is a dangerous place, especially if you are young women.
On Saturday March 7, 2015evening, my daughter went out with one of her friends to have dinner at that place. The owner or employee by name John- was rude, verbally aggressive towards her, took her pursue and throw it on the ground.
My 75 yr old California Mom and I walked in to Falafel King at my request as hadn't tried this place yet, and will WARN OTHERS NOT TO AS WELL! Who needs this? All I asked when I observed the pickings were slim, is if he had tzatziki sauce? He was so Rude and didn't even have the courtesy to even look at us when he mumbled something about not knowing about Falafels : / really, buddy, all I can say is you copped an attitude that screams to customers to Stay Away and Not even bother. What a stuffed shirt, for what?
But as they say, another's loss is someone else's gain and now I can't wait to refer everyone who has a Falafel or Donair/Shawarma craving ...GO TO THE DONAIR KING on Davie next to Celebrities It IS KING!
and as usual it has several sauces you can choose from!
I have eaten at Falafel King many times. Their service is fast and pleasant, portions large, the chicken shawarma is pretty darn good. The tabouleh is fair, hummous decent. Get the shawarma plate instead of the wrap. Costs a little more, but you get quite a bit more food. Being a carnivore, I have not tried the falafel.