Late Eats · Lebanese · Restaurant Reviews

Operation Falafel – Your answer to 24 Hours of Levantine Street Food

If you want a modern Levatine fix, then the new branch of Operation Falafel is where you need to be!

On an old stone-paved street, where the sun warmed the gravel, carts lined up to serve traditional Arabic food. In the middle of screaming hawkers and aromas that remind us of our grandmother’s recipes, a street-seller served pitas packed with crunchy hot falafels, generously drizzled with tahini sauce and a punchy salad – artfully layered and stuffed.

For generations, this authentic food brought people together – to flavors everyone remembered. Before hummus turned pink. Before falafels lost their crunchy soul. Even before, shawermas were served with BBQ sauce or Mango chutney.

Watching a cuisine they loved, fall into a deconstructive dilemma – two food enthusiasts and saviors of Arabic food set out on an operation to prove age-old cuisine can still win in the Twenty-First century. Bringing back flavors that are proof of the cuisine’s authenticity and originality – with the respect time has for traditional flavors and methods.

Operating as a time machine, these men on a mission opened the doors of Operation:Falafel. Re-engineering classic recipes and reviving memories with locally-sourced fresh ingredients and traditional Arabic flavors, they made Operation:Falafel – operational.

Perfecting one recipe at a time, Operation:Falafel works on a specialized model that helps serve food that isn’t just cooked and plated, but handcrafted and presented by chefs who are masters of traditional Arabic street food – inside a contemporary space.

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A simple watermelon juice that refreshes your senses, this went down well with all that food.

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Our food consisted of:

Stuffed Falafels which were stuffed with onions and very different!

Operation Falafel Salad – This one was mind-blowing! It had all the perfect ingredients blended together and the falafels were fried to perfect crispiness. Falafel, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, lettuce mix, red onions, olives served with their special tahina dressing.

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Hummus with hot Khubs – As perfect as the khubs were, the hummus was a bit of a let down. I think it was just that day because i have had the same before in their box park branch and it has been brilliant. This one was way too thick than required and was unfortunately not bursting with flavours. We let the manager know and who took it extremely positively.

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Spicy Potato – OMG! so good that i ate up the whole dish myself 🙂 Fried potato sprinkled with chilli, coriander and lemon juice, this was my 2nd favorite after the salad.

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Zaatar and Cheese Manakish – So light that i could have eaten two! And so so tasty.

The desserts were another level altogether!

OF Lotus Crust Jar – Lotus cheesecake in a jar topped with blueberry. The blueberry was really not required otherwise this is AMAZING. and the fact that it comes in a small portion is even better!

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Chocolate and Banana Manoushe – OMG! Just look at it! Least to say, this arabic bread topped with chocolate and slices of banana was a gateway to heaven.

The high ceiling, spacious outlet in Downtown Dubai is definitely not disappointing. The food too is all that it says it is. Traditional, but presented as per the times of today. It’s simple, non fuss, and is sure to satisfy all your cravings.

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Making street food happen now – and not just in the past. Operation Falafel is the answer to your modernistic Levantine cravings.

Phone number – 600530006

Cuisines – Street Food, Arabian, Middle Eastern

Cost – AED 100 for two people (approx.) Cash only

Opening hours – 24 Hours

Address – Opposite Vida Hotel, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai

 Highlights – Breakfast, Home Delivery

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