MacFalafel serves donair kebab, falafel, tabouli, Mediterranean plates and more.
Very good chicken pitas but they seem to run out very fast during the peak times. Had to have the alternative, beef or lamb a few times and not as good. Processed type of meat.
Had the chicken plate once and very good value. If you go, stick with the chicken. Good daily specials.
This place is one of my faves when the mood for Shawarma hits and you happen to be in Kitsilano (Broadway - 10th Ave & Alma).
NICE tasty Shawarma in a non-descript environment. GOOD valu and fast service lend to the overall efficiency. WAY better than fast food and better-balanced than slice-O-pizza places.
I've been craving falafel for weeks now so I finally stepped into MacFalafel.. you think with a name with falafel in its name would make a really good item right?
Wrong! The overall taste of the pita was good, with the sauce and the veggies, but the falafels tasted like they were fried (many hours ago...?) god knows when... especially the 2nd one.
Maybe they prep in the morning for the lunch rush or something. In any case, the falafel tasted like it had been sitting around for awhile. Flavour wise, not too bad however.
Maybe next time I'll try the chicken shawarma instead....
The place was busy being lunchtime, so service was efficient and curt.
Ah - nothing like Tzatziki breath! We've been stopping by MacFalafel for years now, as it's conveniently located in the same strip mall where we buy dog food, make our 7-11 runs, and indulge in French Patisseries (next door!). But I digress! My husband is addicted to the shwarmas, and goes there once a week. You can have your shwarma as a wrap or served with rice and salad. Yum yum yum! The falafels are quite good too!
DK what some people are expecting for their $$ these days. When you find a friendly place that treats you well and serves up decent food without gourmet prices why whould anyone want to run it down!?!? I am no expert on Mediterranean food but I know what I like and I like their donairs, homous, and grape leaves. I have not yet tried the entire menu and probably never will but I will certainly recommend this place for the things I have tried. Good deal!
What a coincidence that someone else happened to submit a review on the same day I visited this place. Like the previous reviewer, I never thought to stop by MacFalafel either. I've only ever stopped by this plaza for 7-11. But today, I was feeling too lazy to make a second stop for food, so I tried it and so glad I did. I had the $5.99 beef platter for take-out and it was yummy. But what really stood out to me was the lady working behind the counter. She was SO friendly and in the time I was there she chatted with me, and another regular behind me and she was so nice and genuine. Reminds me of someone's mom or aunt that you eat over at and they would push you to "eat more" kind of warmth. I'll be back to visit her.
I have walked by MacFalafel many times and never thought to enter- probably becuase of its less than desirable location next to a bus stop, 7-11 and bizzare antiques store with giant wooden mounties.
I am glad i finally did enter becuase the takeout food is amazing. For $3.99 you can get a chicken shawarma wrap that is fantastic- the best I've had in Vancouver. You can even opt for whole wheat pita bread which is a nice touch.
The place definately gets packed during peak hours, so be prepared to wait a while. It seems many people in the area know about this place.
While you can eat in the restuarant, it is has the ambiance of an old MacDonalds with middle eastern flare. I recommend getting take-out.
Highly recommended! I eat here all the time and love it!
I hope nobody out there reads ALL of my reviews because I must sound like a broken record sometimes, repeating my mantra and proselytizing: "order and select food with a contextual perspective"
In fact, this does not just apply to food...it applies to all services. Whenever you enter a commercial transaction, know what you want to get out of it as a consumer.
A quick once-over of Mac Falafel should reveal that it is a poor place to order falafel. One look at those sad, rancid little croquettes should communicate the fact that some little garbanzos have definitely been mistreated. Mac Falafel does offer some fresh and pleasing items, you just have to scope things out first. Their *chicken* donair, spinach pies and chicken buns are cheap and fresh. Their beef donair, cheese pies and falafel are pretty terrible, I admit. If you are disappointed in something here, let them know! This is a local, family-run hole-in-the-wall that needs your support and will appreciate your feedback. Really.
Try Mac Falafel, just avoid putting those neglected greasy balls in your mouth. This is just good advice, in general.
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