34, rue des Rosiers (4)
As the name and address suggest, a kosher falafel joint in the Marais with a bare bones dining room in case you don’t want to eat on the street. No décor and barely anything resembling ambiance. So what explains long lines every day, all day? A great sandwich and an unforgettable experience. (And the long lines move quickly.)
Hardly more than falafel. Chose the accompaniments; all of them fresh, delicious, put together in front of you, assembly-line fashion. Also lamb, chicken. Save coffee and dessert for a nearby café.
Basically, no service. Someone works the outside line, takes your order and collects the money. Pick up your falafel at the window. Or, for an extra 1€ per person, sit inside and have it brought to you.
Two world class falafels, two Diet Cokes: 14€, plus 2€ to sit inside. Try to beat it in New York – or Jerusalem.
A visit to Paris isn’t complete without a walk in the Marais and lunch (inside) at L’As du Fallafel. Terrific food. Low prices. Helpful service (such as it is). More energy than any other restaurant in this guide.
A beautiful, sunny late October Sunday. A walk to the nicely refurbished Pompidou, then to the Marais for perennial lunch favorite, L’As du Falafal.
The Marais teaming with people, no Covid worries evident. As always, two lines: one for indoor table (such as it is), the other for takeaway through open window. 250 (easily) on line for takeaway. Always a line, but in 20 years, never so long. In fact, post-Covid (or so it is hoped) long lines at every restaurant and café, but none like this. Slower moving table line long too, but shorter.
Inside, nothing changed but the prices. (See above, no menu innovations; no changes or concessions). A great lunch, if an inelegant one.