Queuing for falafel? Yes, they do in Paris (Marais). Soon this will happen in Amsterdam (West) too, mark my words. Newcomer Bar Kauffman, a falafel spot, is one of these try before you die places around. Good vibes, lots of specialty beers, an enthusiastic crew and last but not least splendid falafel, created by an Iranian chef. This chef is all about spices and taste sensations. Try some of the olives to begin with. These little fellows are combined with garlic and the sweet-sour taste of pomegranate, making them extremely fresh. Continue with some fried balls of mashed chickpeas and decide if you want your falafel sandwich with feta, green chilli, a merguez or mango. I fall deeply for the last dish, a ‘happy-go-lucky’ pita filled with crunchy falafel, a super sweet chutney with chunks of mango, a creamy tzatziki, grilled eggplant and pomegranate seeds. Your breath smells quite bad after eating it, but you weren’t looking for romance, or did you? Eat your sandwich, have rosewater-saffron-pistachio ice, listen to James Brown and just be merry.
Falafel sandwich with mango, one, €8.00
Reinier Claeszenstraat 4B H, West
Opening hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-1am, Friday 4pm-3am, Saturday noon-3am, Sunday noon-1am