Will give you an unforgettable experience with Arabic vegetarian food and the best authentic Palestinian falafel in town
One thing that really makes vegan’s lives easier these days is the internet, specially Facebook I have to admit. It is so good having access to so much information about new vegan products and places to eat around the world. And it was in this way, checking Vegi and Vegan Dublin page, that I’ve first heard about Umi Falafel in Dublin, a new vegetarian place serving one of my favorite type of food.
When I found out Umi Falafel was located in central Dublin and checked their menu I couldn’t wait to go there. So the three of us headed Dublin on a Saturday evening to have dinner at Umi Falafel. They have some great Lunch Meals deals that are served up to 5pm but we always loose them arriving there close to 6pm every single time. It doesn’t matter, their regular price is very fair too. They offer take away service so when you enter there there’s this corridor with a long counter where the ingredients of the sandwiches are displayed. In the end there’s a large area with tables to eat in. Staff is very friendly and will take you to one table and go through the menu with you if you want. They are also very well informed about the vegan-friendly options.
As for our first time there we decided to go with the authentic: The Palestinian Falafel. My husband and I have been eating falafels around the world for many years and I have to say that Umi’s sandwich is one of the best – if not the bet – I have ever had. We wanted to order as much as possible, specially because a huge part of their menu is suitable for vegans. We ordered hummus for the little one – because it is his favorite food – one portion of Batata Hara and six pieces of falafel. We might have exaggerated but everything was divine. Umi states that they bake their bread fresh daily and it is true, their bread is one of the fluffiest I have ever had!
After an amazing first experience I knew we were addicted and would go back there and we have been there multiple times since. I have to confess that my husband and I stick with the Palestinian falafel and have not tried the other sandwiches but we have added a new “classic” to our visits there: lentil soup. It is vegan even being super creamy (it is very usual here that creamy soups have milk or cream) and our little boy loves it.
We also feel very comfortable there. Staff already knows us and they are always very kind. The little one always get a bowl of tomatoes because he runs around screaming “tomaaaaatoooooo” since the first time he has seen them displayed in the counter and he always has a blast there. It is very important for me to be in a place that accommodate kids well and Umi Falafel does it. Being in a vegetarian place is a good aspect as well, I have been to other places in Dublin that serves Arabic food but they also serve meet and I always felt uncomfortable in those places.
(All photos – except the last one with our little boy – by Jose Pierno and courtesy of Umi Falafel)