Falafel, the golden brown fried balls of Chickpeas and herbs served in mouth watering pitas with tahini and various assortments of chopped vegetables, is considered a culinary art form in this part of the world. As with the Hummus wars, every local has his favorite falafel stand, and many refer to that magical spot miles away from the beaten path with a yearning matched only by the Knights Templar who sought the mythic Holy Grail. For those seeking an easily accessible gastronomic slice of fried heaven, look no further than Hakosem.
Akin to traditional Mediterranean cuisine, the secret is in the freshness of the ingredients used. While the recipe for Hakosem, which aptly translates to ‘The Magician’, is a mystery, heavy use of cilantro and garlic play a great role in the falafel‘s unique taste. Add to that fresh, fluffy Yemenite style pitas, and a brilliant tahini made on the spot, and the result is an ideal fast food option unrivaled by the Mac-restaurants of the world.