Thanks to regular contributor Marie @planteatingposts for this review.
The Turkish restaurants in North London are a strange and wonderous thing. Strange because no matter the day or hour they are rammed and busy. Even if every other restaurant along Green Lanes is totally empty, there is always a jammed happy crowd in every one of the scores of Turkish grills. Wonderous because you can always get a table, everyone is welcome no matter what age and everyone can eat what he or she wants – be that hulking great chunks of lamb or vegan plates of crunchy pickles, plentiful ( fresh ) free flatbread, aubergine delicacies and spiced hummus. And of course, for everyone, falafel. It’s a family affair in both the kitchen and waiting staff as well as in the clientele.
So as I have recently moved to what I feared might be a falafel wasteland – Enfield, and as my family is very rapidly expanding with more child-friendly restaurants needed shortly, and a clutch of visiting nephews, I was delighted to discover Aksular restaurant in Enfield Town, 10, 8-10 Silver St, Enfield EN1 3ED.
Like magic – it too is always rammed no matter how much tumbleweed is rolling down the high street at odd hours, yet you can always get a seat. The food comes fast enough for kids to be happy, but it doesn’t feel like a “kiddie” place as it’s full of both big families and quiet couples. The choice and service are excellent with big crunchy assorted salads, bread and starters laid on gratis as soon as you sit down. So what of the falafel? Well, they are perfectly fresh – if a little on the small side. But I’ve ordered them as a main, twice, and a starter size once and have been stuffed both times. There really is a huge pile of extras provided. So this place is now my designated local – and the beer drinkers can get both Efes and other brands. One of the best features of the place for Vegans and those with debilitating food allergies, as my family has, is that there is a clear labelling system on the menu itself – including sesame. So here’s to growing families – and restaurants where everyone is welcome and can eat together, even the allergy-afflicted, with good service, reasonable prices, and the falafel is small but perfectly-formed.
Big Falafel starter ( with bread, hummus and salad) about £6, Main £8.95.
Apologies to our regular readers for the hiatus in falafel reviews recently. Your loyal falafel eater is expecting a rather large ball of falafel in September. Rest assured, many falafels have been eaten in the meantime and will be reviewed presently.