In a big city there is always a place for authentic establishments, where, on the one hand, it is "strange", but tasty and cheap. They are not in the tourist routes, and knowing about them, you can consider yourself local. Find them helps word of mouth or friends. Life around continues the heading "All of its own", where the townspeople show the editors such places. In the new issue - Falafelnaya in the courtyard of the Sennoy Market, where Natalya Vasenkova, the junior editor of the Internet newspaper Life around, goes.
Falafelnaya "Shaverma King"
Efimova St., 3 (in the back yard)
Opening hours: 09: 00-19: 00
I learned about Shawarma King from friends of vegetarians who hunt falafel throughout the city. Despite the fact that the place has been working for only three weeks, several people from my tape have already checked in here. Actually, I was guided by the map from Foursquare. To find this small shop without a guide is extremely difficult: you need to go from the side of the Fontanka embankment, to Efimov Street - there is a small passage into the courtyard. You can also go through the Sennaya shopping center - on the ground floor, past the Pirogovy Dvor cafe to an inconspicuous door on the street. This is the most successful route - you get straight to the falafelnaya.
Food and drink
Despite its name, Shawarma King specializes in falafel, a traditional Arabian chickpea platter. Here it is prepared in four versions - in pita bread, on a plate and in pita - for 30 and 50 rubles (fried eggplant and cauliflower are added to the more expensive version). But the cheapest was enough to get enough. To taste - absolutely the same as that served at a higher price in other institutions of the city.
Falafel in pita
I also tried the label - pasta from grated eggplant with sesame seeds. It tastes a bit like hummus, but more delicate. From meat dishes there is chicken liver in pita - also a national dish, sausages and chicken steak. From drinks, you can take tea or coffee for 15-20 rubles, though you have to wait until the kettle boils.
Owners and staff
Only two employees work here. One of them is a Jordanian named Hamza, he is the owner. He studied for several years in Dubai, and then his friends called him to Russia. In Petersburg, he worked as a chef in a restaurant of oriental cuisine. He did not mind chatting with visitors and told me that he was tired of being an employee and he decided to open his own institution. He took a guy from Syria as an assistant - while he and Hamza are cooking together. The part-time assistant also draws - a shawarma on one of the walls of the tent of his hands is the work.
You can meet Khamza here every day - he constantly talks with guests half in Russian, half in English, talks about dishes. Soon going to open a second point on Sadovaya Street, it will work at night.
The main stream of visitors comes from the Hay Market - employees from Central Asia eat here. Most take food with them - something meaty - and leave immediately.
Thanks to word of mouth and social networks, people come here more and more often who have nothing to do with the market, mainly just for falafel according to the traditional recipe.
Falafel in pita with eggplant and cauliflower - 50 rubles Falafel in pita with eggplant and cauliflower - 50 rubles Tea - 15 rubles
Excerpts from the menu
Falafel in pita
Super Falafel in Pita
Falafel in pita bread
50 rubles per 200 g
50 rubles per 200 g
Chicken Sandwich Steak
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Photo: Natalia Lioro