Falahfel Arabic Restaurant Falahfel阿拉伯餐厅
Offers home-made sharwama, falafel, hummus, salads and a bunch of kebabs and sandwiches, in generous portions and at reasonable prices. Wash them down with the shisha and Arabic coffee. On Monday night enjoy the all you can eat buffet, which includes special dishes and desserts.
- Wudaokou 五道口
- 1/F, Bldg 12, Dong Sheng Yuan, South of Wudaokou subway station (near east gate of Hua Qing Jia Yuan), Haidian District
- 6252 8188
- Parking available
- ¥¥¥ 50-80 per person
Map of Falahfel Arabic Restaurant
User reviews of Falahfel Arabic Restaurant Falahfel阿拉伯餐厅
We tried this only just recently, food was fantastic. We had the Hommus, Barbequed chicken, and the Falafels. The Falafels were just as I had hoped. Crispy outside, flavoursome, and didn't feel like they were soaking in oil. Hubby was eyeing off the kebabs, think we are going to try them soon as they looked delish. Owner is very friendly and speaks great English so communication was not a problem for us. Think they deliver in WDK too but whenever we've tried the delivery guy hasn't been available.
Visited this place with a friend who stays in Haidian and we wanted to eat a non chinese meal, and not the usual pizzas.
The soup was ok,the bread also ok. What I was not happy with was with the main dish the barbeque dish of lamb. The ambience is not which makes your stay longer than you finish your meal. The place has a decent following, the owners friends of their country which keep visiting them . The owner seems to be caring, but on the food front they could do more good. The prices are that of almost international restaurant. Might return if the food and ambience gets better .
I have been going to falafhel for as long as I remember. First I'll start with the bad and then the good. Two of the waiters feel that they can do whatever they want... so the service suffers a bit.
Now with the good. Every single thing that I have eaten there has been absolutely delicious. Shawarma(both chicken and lamb), hummus with beef, the hummus and chicken wrap, fatoush, every salad, grilled chicken, kebab, lamb chops, lentil soups, falafel, roasted lamb, their rice (goodness... their rice is delicious), and all the desserts.
I've eaten there over 100 times and not once have i found any sort of bug, or trash, or any reason for me to not want to go back. When my friends or family has a birthday, either Abdula or Falah helps set up a birthday party for us, cooking some amazing salads for appetizer, and lamb legs and rice and dessert after dessert.
For those of you who smoke, ventilation is pretty good so it never gets too smoky inside. Although, sometimes it does get a bit hot... but their working on that. The shisha is directly delivered from Dubai most of the time. So the shisha has absolutely no chinese shisha flavor, it actually burns smooth and constant and it is delicious.
From the moment we first walked in, Abdula and Falah have treated us just like family. We have never had a problem in this restaurant. It is not 100% family-friendly, but we live in wudaokou... therefore probably the most family-friendly place in wudaokou. Falah and Abdula both go completely out of their way just to make sure that their customers are happy and satisfied. They never ever fail at doing so. If there is a problem, they fix it. Fortunately for them, the only problem they have is the heat and the one or two arrogant servers.
Yes, opinions vary. Some of you may not find the food as amazing as my family and I do, but the hospitality, the "I'm amongst great friends" feeling should be more than enough.
Mondays!! Best ever. They have a buffet, eat all you can if you are early enough for either the first or second wave of food they bring out. Lamb legs, endless hummus and beverages, different style chicken, rice, fruits, differently-cooked vegetables, dessert, and a full-house full of people that 100% enjoy spending time in Falahfel.
So, you got a problem? Go ahead, come visit us at Falahfel. Ask for Albert and his family on friday nights ;). I dare you.
After reading all the schizophrenic reviews here I thought I should check this place out for myself...
I had the hummus, falafel and chicken schwarma sandwich. All were tasty.
Price was reasonable -- around 50 yuan for one person, and the restaurant seemed to be doing good business with a lot of "middle east" sort of people eating there, which is a good sign.
My only criticisms would be the place was very hot, and the service was a bit haphazard (e.g waiting 10 minutes for bread after I have been served my hummus). These are minor issues though.
I would eat here again.
The best restaurant in wudaokou , nice people , good food ,normal prices and no alcohol O:)
nothing special about this place and the food is mediocre at best. unpalatable at worst
I found a dying cockroach in my shawarma when I ate here last week. (It must have eaten some of the food)
I called the fuwuyuan over and she simply pulled it out, threw it on the floor and stepped on it. Then shrugged.
They still charged me for the food...but at least not for the extra topping. :&
I've been too lazy to post a review. However, the owners fake reviews and death threats inspired me.
I hope the place burns down soon.
Wtf is wrong with some people here.
Spreading bad false reviews..
First of all, these few users are f-ing racists and arent here to give you real reviews of the restaurants: dan4, adax, gava.
Please get a f-ing life. And if u really dont like the food in a specific restaurant, respectfully state your reasons and at least have a real damn profile up so that we know that you mean what you say.
Or whenever u do go to these restaurants, show up and tell the owners or staff working there what your complaints are, instead of hiding behind a f-ing screen talking senseless.
People arent dumb enough to believe your stupid shit, so stop wasting your time and others time as well.
First off most of the Arabic restaurants here in Beijing are over-priced.
This one offers great food with original taste and with suitable prices.
I am kinda surprised by some of the negative comments here, but yeah, every one to their own. Well I cannot help it, but to bring up that "My dog died" comment. HAHAHAHAHAHA, hillarious. I mean I am really truely deeply sorry if that was true, but maybe the reason being is that they dont serve Pedigree at Falafel. I mean I know for a fact my dog gonna have problems if I feed him any of those heavy stuff.
As far as I am concerned I have been there about 4 times, each time trying something new and never left un-satisfied. For me the Lentil soup and the Shwarma is a must have. Oh and the sweets, whatever they might be called. As for the service there, very casual and friendly. Some people might not like that, but hey, go there when you are in the mood to chill and enjoy. I dont smoke but heard a lot of comments from my friends about the Shisha there. So yeah, give it a try.
I gave the rating a 4 star, left out on that one star cause I dont want no one to think that this is a "Fake" comment haha. Just try it out and see for yourself. Again I emphasize on "Go there when you are in the mood to chill and enjoy", not when you wanna be amazed by a fancy classy restaurant.
LAMB SHAVARMA SMELLS TERRIBLE AVOID IT..CHICKEN SHAVARMA IS OK.. BETTER WITHOUT LOTS OF SAUCE,,
I do not understand the horrible nor the fantastic reviews of this place. The atmosphere and the food is okay. Nothing special. Wouldn't go there again by myself, but wouldn't refuse if my friends wanted me to go there with them.
Apparently, thebeijinger has an award for Restaurant Personality of the Year. And referencing this award, current blog posts mention local "Big Personalities" in the restaurant business. But I think anyone who reads the Falahfel owner's defense of his restaurant would have to concede the award to him. He is alternately impassioned, scathing, petty, and logical--taking no sh*t from anybody. The other restaurant guys are lame compared to him.
Never been to the restaurant(my rating is based upon the average).
The sharwama is about as tasty and juicy as my leather shoes. The owner posting fake reviews dropped my 2 stars to 1.
Let me first say that the bad reviews confuse me. I have never had a less than awesome experience here.
High points: Shisha! My favourite is easily the lemon-mint flavour or the watermelon. Smooth, good quality stuff.
The coffee: Amazing. Oh my god, amazing. Strong, with a really refreshing taste. Best with sugar, in my opinion.
The fresh fruit juices are also excellent.
The food is over all really good. The baklava is amazing, and so is the shawarma. I admit I haven't tried much of the menu, but the food I have had has been delicious.
The owners are fantastic, very friendly. They'll sometimes stop by the tables for a bit of a chat and to check on how the food is.
The only downside, and I emphasis that it's a very slight downside is that when they get busy, the service is sometimes a bit slower, but never enough that I would complain about it.
My suggestions for a good time here: order some shisha, coffee/tea, and baklava, and just chill out (especially if you can get into the room with all the cushions!)
Dry, tasteless food, with many fake reviews. I've eaten there at least 5 times..unimpressed.
If you're a Falafel lover or a Shisha (some say hooka) addict like me, then this is the place for you :)
I've tried most of the Arabic restaurants around beijing, and I gotta say, that this place serves a top quality food and by far the best Shisha in Beijing!
and recently they've just added a new ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT buffet on Mondays, with a big variety of dishes, for a student friendly price, and the very lovely owners of the place, WILL do their best to get you all full and happy :p
but on the other hand, you gotta be a little patient with the Fuwuyuans, cause they could be somewhat slow !
and also the dim lighting always makes me kinda sleepy (but that's probably just me :p).
All in all, If you are around the Wudaokou area, and you like the Arabic cuisine or great Shishas, I'll recommend checking it out :D
Falafhel definitely serves top quality middle eastern food in Beijing: fresh, authentic and delicious.
Any meat lovers would agree that the kebab rolls, lamb chop and Arabian hamburgers are tasty and very rich, which all come in satisfying portions for very affordable prices.
The hummus, salad choices and lentil soups are also worth a mention: perfect for a chill lunch or dinner with a hungry crowd or friends or a quick snack on a studying afternoon.
Finally, my favourite dish on the menu...falafehls! After having tried them in various fancy restaurants in Beijing, the ones they offer here are dangerously addicting: so so so good! They come with a nice serving of hummus and you just can't resist them.
The owners are charming and always trying to make you feel comfortable, if you have any problems or suggestions they are surely more than happy to help or just stop for a chat.
The reason why I wouldn't give it five stars is the service: some of the staff sometimes needs a bit of patience, though it's something you would experience in most other restaurants in Beijing!
PS Don't miss the buffets on Monday night: 60kuai all you can eat with a big variety of special dishes cooked exclusively for the night, including some lovely desserts!
Its a hit and miss place. The waiters do try to please but then you to the restaurant for food.
The kebabs once I had been were good and thats the reason I made it second time there.
This time the freshness was the issue. They were either not done well or lower quality lamb.
The falafel was also not my taste.
After reading all the reviews, I went into Falahfel with high hopes for some decent Arabic food in the Wudaokou area. The first room makes the place look like a standard shaokao place that can be found in any number of areas in Beijing, but the back rooms more than make up for it. Very nice atmosphere in the place, and the owner/waiter (was definitely foreign, don't remember his name though) was very pleasant to be around. Took our drink orders, etc. Nice guy.
Then we get into the actual dining portion of the evening. A chinese girl who barely knows the menu takes down our order, and comes back to confirm it three times. When we finally got the food (it took FOREVER. No excuse for this, the only other patrons were a few guys smoking hookah in the next room), it was very sub-par. The falahfel was excellent, as was the hummus, but the rest was at the very best forgettable, and at the very worst inedible.
We had the shwarma as well as some beef kebabs. The shwarma was okay, I guess. Extremely bland, no sauces of any kind and entirely forgettable. The kebabs, on the other hand, tasted like they'd been sitting under a heat lamp for several days. Dry, tough and absolutely no flavour. Even the yang rou chuar you can get for 3rmb a pop at pretty much any establishment would be miles better, and that should not be the case. My friend couldn't even finish them, and it was the first time in Beijing that I've left a restaurant with food still on the table.
Not sure if the reviews for this place or fake or what, but I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed in a foreign joint. Will need a major revamp before I consider returning.
only four stars to countervene the charming owner who gave himself 5 :)
the place is good. the 40 yuan shawarma is massive and i wasnt able to finish it. well worth its money.
the hummus as already mentioned is one of the better ones in the city.
what i don't like is the absolutely charmless first room and the dirty toilets. i hope that their business gets well enough so they see the necessity of renovating. it is unfortunately a bit hidden (everything beyond subway is "hidden"), otherwise more people would know where it is and eat there more regularly.