My parents or friends were never really available to go with me right after I learned about the restaurant. Apparently it's pretty hard to find, so I wouldn't exactly try finding it on my own in the middle of the downtown. Then, one day my mom told me her plans for lunch. "My friends and I, you remember Tita ---- and Tita ----, are going to that place you keep talking about. What is it… the Arab one?"
One could easily miss it if they're not looking. It's nothing fancy either. Simple metal chairs and tables, with tahini and chili sauce in plastic bottles. The space is pretty small too. It couldn't fit more than twenty but luckily they add chairs on the sidewalk when it gets crowded.
My mom and friends order a little too much food. But I didn't care. They were so hungry they ordered falafels without the pita (Php 75 for five balls) to serve as an appetizer along with this dish called shakshuka or poached eggs in tomato and chili sauce (ranges from Php 120-260).
The food came and I had my first falafel. It was heaven. I think I died a little inside when the mixture of mashed chickpeas, parsley, and spices made contact with my tongue. I wanted to finish the plate and go, "BACK OFF. MINE." But we had like more coming, so no problem.
We all got our very own falafels in pita bread, hummus, and some vegetables (Php 130). I was so full I couldn't finish the whole sandwich, so I took some home. Hey, no guilt because it's vegetables, right?
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Find Beni's at 4364 Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
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