I was recently invited as a guest to eat lunch at the new edition to the Pilpel group of eateries in Aldgate, bring a “taste of the Middle East to London’s East End”. Aside from tasting great, falafel is super healthy and something that I happily use to substitute for meat when I’m taking a break from my usual meat loving excesses. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan this is definitely the place for you, if you’re a serious meat lover this might not be your immediate choice for lunch as there are no meat options but it’s worth a try.
These chunky chickpea balls are served with warmed pita bread, crisp salads, crunchy vegetables and houmous. The menu is simple yet creative, with a wide range of salad combination to go with the falafel. With no flour added, the Pilpel falafel is made with 100% chickpeas, fresh herbs and spices. The result is falafel that’s crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and goes so well with houmous, salad ingredients and warm pita bread. I selected a falafel and guacamole salad box which was far more generous than I expected, given that you spend no more than £6.80 for a salad box, it really was great value. You can create your own box and if you’re not a salad fan you can have a Saabich (pita sandwich) or houmous box.
Here’s my brief video review:
The quality of the salad which was made up of Tabouleh, Red & White Cabbage, Carrot, Pickled Cucumbers and Jalapeños was truly top notch! Aside from the falafel it was my favourite part of the meal. The guacamole was good too and the only weak point was the chilli sauce which was not spicy enough for my taste.
The Pilpel interior is chic and modern which offers a cool juxtaposition to the authentic and traditional street food on offer. The team is friendly and helpful, I definitely enjoying my lunch experience which truly shows that the power of falafel is still going strong!
60 Alie Street, Aldgate, London, E1 8PX
Follow them at @PilpelForPeople.