For the best part of the last ten years, central Winnipeg has been my home. That’s why most of my reviews are of places located in or near downtown. Occasionally I found myself working out of the area. This was especially true during the years I was training to be a priest. It was during a couple of these times that I became familiar with Falafel Place.
I first tried this place when it was on Corydon just east of Kenaston, while I was training at St. Aidan’s. A few years Falafel Place moved to its current location at Corydon and Wilton. Shortly afterwards I started a stint at St. George’s Crescentwood.
The menu at Falafel Place describes itself as MIddle Eastern cusine. This includes such items as the eponymous falafels, knishes, shawarma and tabouli. The menu also notes that they have gluten friendly options, and there are several vegetarian and vegan friendly items as well. One of my favourite things about the restaurant is that breakfast is available all day.
Both the Chicken Noodle soup and the Curry, Lentil, Yam soup are great choices. When you order hash browns or potato pancakes you are asked it you want them as is or with onions, garlic and banana peppers. Take them with the extras if you don’t have to worry about close conversations. The Shawarma, with the lamb is also really good. If you’re ordering salad, you might want to order the half, as the full salad is huge. For breakfast I prefer the two eggs and ham, but the omelets are equally as good.
On top of the good quality food you’ll find here, the prices are also very reasonable. You can easily come a way with a full meal for around $10.00. The portion sizes are large and you will leave feeling filled.
Of course, one of the real draws of this restaurant is co-owner Ami Hassan. A very outgoing individual, Ami makes everyone feel at home. My favourite encounter with him was the day I stepped in, saw that the restaurant looked full and decided to go on my way. I hadn’t gone more than half a dozen steps when Ami was out the door, insisting that I come back in. Not only that, but he made sure he found a seat for me.
This attitude tends to be reflected in the rest of the staff who are attentive and friendly. On one occasion when the salad I ordered hadn’t arrived, they not only got on it as soon as I brought it to their attention, but the half salad I ordered was replaced with a full one. Falafel Place is one restaurant that always aims to please its customers. Between really good food and great service they end up succeeding. If you’re down the Corydon-Wilton way, make a stop at Falafel Place a part of your plans.