I have not been able to find a good falafel yet in central Florida, so I was thrilled to have more than one delicious falafel in Paris. While it’s not what you think of when you think of French food, maybe it should be. Both L’As Du Fallafel and Maoz Vegetarian serve excellent falafels that are cooked well – not over-fried like most of the ones I’ve had locally.
Maoz Vegetarian has a build it yourself salad bar for topping the falafel. You can go back as many times as you like, so when you get to the middle of the falafel and you run out of topping you just add more. Toppings are almost all vegan and include four kinds of salsa (varying degrees of spicy), carrots, cucumber, tomato, tabbouleh, and tahini sauce among others.
You can order a regular falafel, a falafel with hummus or my pick, a falafel with eggplant. They do have some other menu items as well.
Maoz Paris is good for a quick, cheap, take-away falafel. There are a couple small tables where you can sit, but they are cramped and you stare at the wall.
Apparently Maoz does have a few U.S. locations, including Miami Beach, Boca Raton, New York, Austin, New Brunswick and Philadelphia. So you don’t have to go to all the way to Europe to get this treat.
***Update: There is now a Maoz Vegetarian in Orlando, Florida in the food court at the Mall at Millenia! Grab a falafel while you’re out shopping. At this location the staff put the toppings you choose on for you rather than serving yourself like the Paris location.
One thing I disagree with that I see on both Maoz’s website and a sign on their wall in the restaurant is that they market themselves as healthy and nutritious. While a falafel is made up of chickpeas and the toppings are healthy – the chickpeas are fried! Therefore, by definition, NOT HEALTHY. Yes, they are good in terms of fiber, sugar, protein and cholesterol but to claim that something fried is healthy is pretty ridiculous. I don’t care if the oil doesn’t have any trans-fat, it’s still vegetable oil. Same thing with their references to their sweet potato fries. For this reason, I’m giving them a 4 overall rating rather than a 5 because I believe they are misleading people.
Maoz: Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible 5=Excellent)
Ambiance: 2 Service: N/A Choices: 5 Taste: 5 Overall: 4
L’As Du Fallafel serves up large and delicious falafels that require a fork to eat. I had mine with eggplant, hummus and spicy sauce: perfection. There is no salad bar to add toppings. The take-away line is worth the wait (it’s actually not that long). There is a seated area but that wait was long, so just get the falafel to go and enjoy it sitting in a nearby park.
Ratings from a plant-based eating perspective (1-5 scale, 1=Terrible 5=Excellent)
Ambiance: 3 Service: N/A Choices: 3 Taste: 5 Overall: 5