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

by Sasha Wilkins on October 25, 2012 · 5 comments

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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LG October 25, 2012 at 21:37

I don’t normally like vegetables but you are making me hungry!
Maroush or Ranoush do excellent schwarma and if you like meat, Beyti in Kingsland do amazing grilled meat with a yoghurt sauce.

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Alison October 26, 2012 at 01:00

I can’t express how much I totally LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lebanese food. I’m lactose intolerant (cows milk is a no no but goat’s and sheep are OK!) and this food is my idea of perfect cuisine. I went to a very multicultural school here, in Sydney and my dull anglo food palette paled in comparison to what my friends’ mothers would serve me when I’d visit. I’m obsessed with garlic as a result and Lebbo food offers the vegan so much it’s ridiculous! Just writing this has my mouth watering! It’s amazing :-)

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Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies October 27, 2012 at 09:45

I had the BEST falafel in Marais as well. Just round the corner from Chez Hanna. Mind you, they’re all fabulous. I can’t believe I’ve been eating crap (aka adjusted for western taste) falafel all this time.

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Anne October 28, 2012 at 03:12

I agree, a falafel wrap from Chez Hanna, eaten almost before you have the time to put the change back in your purse, is a heavenly delight.

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Zaggora Girl October 30, 2012 at 08:27

Looks delicious!! Did both of you have the same falafel :)?

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