The best falafels in Sydney4

Posted on January 23, 2008 by ChristieRestaurants

Falafels @ La Roche Restaurant, Lakemba

It’s a big call, I know. But these are without a doubt the best falafels in all of Sydney. Perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and nutty on the inside – almost as good as my late grandmother’s, bless her soul.

The lovely people at La Roche Restaurant in Lakemba won’t part with their recipe (I don’t blame them!) so here is a recipe from one of my favourite websites Epicurious to tide you over. Or better still, take a trip to Lakemba, you won’t regret it (their address is under the recipe).

If you think you know a better place for falafel, or somewhere just as good, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you and then we can all know a back up place to go!

Happy eating, Christie

Falafel
makes 6 main course servings

1 1/4 cups dried chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3/4 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
About 6 cups vegetable oil

Soak chickpeas in cold water to cover by 2 inches in a bowl at room temperature at least 12 hours. Drain well in a colander.

Purée chickpeas with all remaining ingredients except oil in a food processor until as smooth as possible, about 2 minutes. Spread purée in a 15- by 10- by 1-inch baking pan and let dry, uncovered, 1 hour.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of purée onto a long sheet of wax paper, then press and pat with your fingers into a 2-inch-wide patty. (Pressing the purée will help the patty hold together when frying.) Make a small hole in center of patty with tip of your pinkie finger (to help cook evenly). Make more patties in same manner, arranging them in 1 layer on wax paper.

Heat about 1 inch oil in a large heavy pot (preferably cast-iron) until a cooking thermometer registers 170C. Working in batches of 4, gently drop patties into hot oil, then fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 170C between batches. Serve falafel warm or at room temperature.

Original recipe from Epicurious can be found here.

La Roche Lebanese Restaurant & Takeaway
Shop 5, 61-67 Haldon Street, Lakemba NSW 2195
Ph: 9759 9257

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  • http://susaneats.blogspot.com/ Susan

    How good is that place. I have been there once before and ate heaps and heaps for like $14 too. My boss at work is lebanese as well and he says he has been to that place hundreds of times.

    Great Blog by the way. I am addicted!

  • http://simonleongdesign.blogspot.com/ Simon: It’s all about the food

    wow, that’s a big call. i’ll have to check them out. my vote for best falafel i’ve tried in Sydney would have to be Jasmin in Punchbowl at the moment so if you haven’t tried them there then give it a go and let’s compare.
    simon :-)

  • Michele Marie

    In the picture these are not green enough on the inside, that’s what you should look for. I consider myself to be a expert on falafels. To get the best go to 88 Auburn Rd Auburn. It is takeaway , get him to make you one but buy a 1kg bag and take it home to make any time. I agree that Jasmine is also good, but not as good as 88 Auburn Rd!

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