Sultan Dubai Falafel Restaurant: Don’t be put off by the emerald green colour of these fried beauties – it’s the result of fresh fava beans. The balls are so light, they could float. We recommend the fantastic falafel sandwich, which comes stuffed with garlic and chilli sauce, tomatoes and lettuce. Not to be missed.
Al Muraqqabat Road, Deira (04 227 5559). Falafel sandwich Dhs4
Al Mallah: These chickpea fritters are dunked in sesame seeds after frying. The result? Little balls of deep-fried sin that have a nutty kick. If you’re feeling a little hungrier, the sandwich features fresh tomatoes, verdant parsley, zingy onions, pressed falafel and tarator (made with tahini sauce, lemon juice, garlic and parsley). Yum!
Al Dhiyafah Road, Satwa (04 398 4723). Dhs4
Al Hallab: While we like the falafel at Al Hallab, we think it could do with a little longer in the fryer. It’s good, plump and full of flavour, but it doesn’t quite have that super-crisp exterior that keeps us coming back for more.
Garhoud (04 282 3388), Dhs5
Phersian Cafeteria: This small street stand, nestled in the heart of Bur Dubai, serves up little more than falafel and aloo pakoda (fried potato balls). The falafel is buttery and brittle, but we prefer the aloo pakoda. Phersian’s sandwiches are served in pittas with tahini dressing and not much else.
Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai (no number). Falafel sandwich Dhs3.50