Operation Falafel is a restaurant or shall we say street food joint that was launched in 2014. It was built by people passionate about food but was somewhat missing the authentic taste. They wanted to bring back grandma’s old recipes and put it out there on the market. So with genuine roots and a great belief in original Arabic dishes, Operation Falafel was born.
Fast forward to 2017, they now have 7 branches across the UAE and they were able to bring back the original, cheap and delicious Arab street food for everyone to enjoy. I’ve tried it several times and each time I would visit their store, I would always leave happy and satisfied with the great food and high-quality service.
I decided to check out their newest branch in Motor City because I wanted to check if they’re still consistent after all these years. We visited on a Thursday night and it was pretty busy with quite a number of diners. I don’t think dining in is as popular as their delivery, though. They were wrapping shawarmas and falafels like there’s a competition, and their delivery guys were just going in and out of the store.
Talking about food, I have to admit that I have never seen a proper street food shop in the city aside from the ones in the old part of Dubai. Operation Falafel’s street food though are packaged so nicely it can almost pass as gourmet food. They were also scrumptious and you can really revel in the flavor and the taste of every dish.
For starters, we ordered Stuffed falafel, Hummus, Grilled Halloumi, Alayet Banadoura, Eggs and Cheese and their Operation Falafel salad. What I loved about it is that these are supposed to be for breakfast but you can order them any time of the day and I loved the presentation as well.
We were almost full but of course, we came here not just for the falafels but for the shawarma too so we ordered Beef/Chicken shawarma platter and Chicken shawarma pita. The mixed platter was very tasty and the shawarma pita although delicious was I think a bit too small for me. I think they should make it a bit bigger and add more chicken or beef. But overall, it was still good.
When it comes to the service, I was surprised to see that they have a lot of staff inside the store but then I realized later that they are all needed for when it becomes too busy. They were also experienced and well informed about the products and are able to suggest what to order just in case a customer asks.
To sum up, Operation Falafel definitely offers customers a simple but authentic street food experience when you visit or even have food delivered to you. I believe they got it right with the recipe and the packaging although there is still some room for improvement. One minor gripe is the chairs which after some time become uncomfortable. I mean I get the industrial look that they are going for but they can probably consider the comfort too. It’s a vast, spacious place and they can market it as a co-working space if they want.
So if you’re going to ask me if I will recommend it, I would say 100% yes. For a quick bite or a long catch up, this place is absolutely ideal. It’s a simple, no fuss kind of restaurant that everyone will easily like.