LLG Eats: Falafel at Chez H’anna, the Marais, Paris

by Sasha Wilkins on October 25, 2012 · 5 comments

chez hanna rue des rosiers

If I tell you that I don’t ever bother eating falafel because I remain steadfastly unmoved by hockey pucks of desiccated legumes swamped in tepid goop, and wrapped in a chewy blanket, then you will understand my initial reluctance to eat falafel on the Rue de Rosiers, in the history-laden Jewish Quarter of Paris, in the Marais the other week.

chez hanna rue des rosiers

Well, I have the humility to admit that I was a mistaken fool, because the falafel that Tara and I inhaled, with some help from Ayla, at Chez H’anna at the far end of the street was not falafel as we know it.

This was something quite, quite different.  I should have known when Tara acted like a laser-guided falafel hound. She knew what she wanted and where…and Tara *always* knows the best places for, well, everything.

chez hanna rue des rosiers

For a start (or end I guess)., it was topped with a disc of fried aubergine (eggplant). I don’t even really like the vegetable and yet this was ambrosial. Crispy, silky, hot, intensely savoury.

chez hanna rue des rosiers

Underneath it in a perfect fluffy pitta, was lots of fresh shredded cabbage and carrot, a little cucumber, salads, a kind of Middle Eastern salsa-y tomato sauce, some chilli sauce too, a generous amount of tahini and, of course, the lightest, crispiest, non-hockey puck falafel.

I could happily have gone back for a second.

Here are my happy falafel girls.

chez hanna rue des rosiers

Chez H’anna, 54 Rue des Rosiers, 75004, 4th Arrondissement, Paris.

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