The Vancouver Falafel Dynasty

During my unoffical quest to identify the best shawarma/donair in downtown over the past couple of years, the list has reduced to two places which I frequent:
* Falafel House, on Granville just South of Smithe, and
* Falafel Maison, on Robson just West of Richards

My preferences are definitely biased by the fact that I favour a chicken shawarma sandwich, with a good salty hummus in it and plenty of hot sauce —

which definitely shifts my ratings more towards the Lebanese style shawarma shops and away from the Turkish style döner kebab (donair) shops (no offense to the donair places, of course). At least along those criteria. Falafel Maison and Falafel House are the best of the ones reasonably close to where I live.

I stopped into Falafel Maison yesterday after work, and, perhaps impressed by my recognition of their Namoura sitting on the counter (it’s a very tasty semolina and

honey dessert — also one of my very favourite things), the worker at the shop sat down and talked to me while I ate. He talked about his plans to move from Canada to Switzerland, and working two jobs at the moment in order to fund his move.

“In the mornings, I work for my other uncle, and then at 4pm I come over here to work the evening shift.”

“Oh? What is your other uncle’s business?”

“Falafel King, on Denman.”

Further conversation revealed that his family not only runs the Falafel Maison and Falafel King on Denman, but also the Falafel King on Davie and the Falafel House on Granville. It’s a regular falafel empire, it seems.

I felt comforted, in a way, that there’s a logical explanation for why my favourite two places are both so good.

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