I visited the suburbs: Hijazi’s Falafel at Arncliffe
I’ve lived in Sydney nearly three years, yet somehow I’ve never visited the St George or Sutherland Shire areas. I’ve been to Wollongong, but not seen a single sight in between the city and the ‘Gong. This had to change – so I roped in my friend L, who lives in Bexley, because I’d heard of this falafel joint in Arncliffe that was dirt cheap.
I got off at Rockdale station (although the restaurant was right by Arncliffe station), because L look me on a little driving tour and it was excellent – but I was hungry and we were ready for the main attraction! Hijazi’s Falafel.
(Sad face, all my photos came back blurry… oh well! I guess I’ll just have to visit again and take new ones! HOORAY!)
Hijazi’s has a nondescript looking shop front and a counter reminiscent of a buffet at the very back, but don’t let the appearance of the restaurant put you off: there’s magic happening in the kitchen. Glorious food magic.
We went a little nuts with the ordering and spent $20 each and I ended up with two meals worth of leftovers… but if we’d not let our eyes be bigger than our stomachs, we probably would’ve struggled to spend $12 each… or next time we take a third, because the amount of hummus they give you makes you wonder how this place makes any money.
Falafel rolls start at $4, but as we were there for ‘brunch’ we ordered lots of little plates to share. Too many little plates! There was falafel with tahini (12 of them – the fact that I thought we could finish 12 falafel is ridiculous in itself), hummus, baba ghanouj, fried cauliflower, pomegranate salad and a lifetimes supply of pita bread… aka ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS!
The falafel were crisp on the outside and bright green and fluffy in the middle, which makes them perfect and the hummus was creamy and rich and I could’ve eaten it with a spoon. The pomegranate salad was dotted generously with little bursts of sunshine, but probably could’ve had less dressing (and I LOVE dressing – ain’t nobody got time for a naked salad!)
But my favourites were the fried cauliflower – served cold but perfectly seasoned and ideal for dunking in the tahini, and the baba ghanouj – which I was basically ready to propose to, it was so smoky and eggplanty and tasty.
As I mentioned, we spent $20 a head (hey! I was feeling rich!) but honestly, we should’ve ordered half the falafel and probably skipped the salad (it was delicious but not as delicious as the dips), because we filled two take away containers and I only just polished off the last of the baba ghanouj.
You NEED to put this on your must eats.
Hijazi’s Falafel is at 53 Wollongong Road, Arncliffe