The bustling rue des Rosiers is peppered with falafel outlets that even seasoned chick-pea lovers would be hard pushed to differentiate between. L’As du Fallafel has the reputation of being the best, and the daily queues outside its take-away window go some way to backing that reputation up.
Don’t be put off by the amount of people waiting though, their crafty and efficient ordering system deploys someone patrolling the queue on the street to issue tickets and take your money so that all you have to do when you get to the window is tell the chef how much of the scrummy yoghurt sauce you want your ping-pong ball sized falafels drenched in.
And what about the food? Well, the salad is finely shredded and extremely fresh and the pita bread is deliciously squishy and soft yet tough enough to withstand the noshing action of your jaws without jettisoning half the contents of your sandwich all over the floor. The golden falafel balls themselves are crispy without being greasy and you just can’t fault the gently spiced flavor of their puffy contents.
Whether or not this really is the best falafel in Paris remains to be seen, but bearing in mind its in Le Marais, you’ll do well to find anything else for less than 5€.