I consider myself to be a connoisseur of middle eastern and Lebanese food of sorts, and this place is at the top of my list of the best middle eastern meals I've eaten.
I found it via a recommendation from my hostel just down the street, and boy am I glad I did. Even though it is pretty casual for a dinner spot, I would happily eat here any time. You order inside the small shack and they bring it out to you wherever you're sitting ( I personally like communal picnic tables where you can meet people). They happily substituted items to make the vegetarian platter vegan for me- a real bonus! Really nice, accommodating guys. The falafel was pretty good but the hummus and grilled vegetables on the plate were just amazing-all slathered with a rich tahini sauce.
Just deliciously perfect.
Short of food poisoning.
Everything on my plate was stale, old and tasted horribly
The falafel had been sitting there all day, the meat was tough and tasteless,
the sauce drowned all tastes in an lemony wash. Owner offered the same plate again, was friendly, but me and my mate felt sick for hours after that. Beware. There are much better options, Dada Falafel is the best.....
Heard a lot about this place and stopped for a bite after mauer park, as a big fan of middle eastern food - it does look and sound like one of there restaurants-
Loud Arabic music, a bunch of stressed food sellers that want you to know exactly what you want- took a shawarma and I must say it was quite tasty, it was really hard to stop him before the tomatoes touched my food (sorry, just don't like them), and the best of all - they have tahini!
Great Value- stopped in for a quick bite after visiting Mauer Park. 3 Main Courses, three beers, 25 Euros with tip... The Chicken plate and Vegetarian plates were fantastic. The simple mixed salad was very good too, but it is only a little less expensive than the Vegetarian Plate and the Vegetarian Plate comes with about 1/3rd of the same mixed salad,- so if you love grilled vegetables and want a little salad too definitely go for the Vegetarian Plate.
One note, and this does not affect my score,- do not sit in the front door area unless you get the window table in the nook just to the left of the front door. This may well change by the time you are reading this, but as of now, the front door does not shut by itself and more than half of the customers who came in while we were there left it wide open and with it being minus 3 outside this was a big problem with enjoying our meal. It's one thing to have to get up from the table once or twice,- but we had to over a dozen times. There is plenty of seating to look for not in the door area, so don't make the same mistake we did if it is cold outside!
This place rules. (Apologies for likely misspellings :-/ )
I had falafel and haloumi, Amy got the kofta and metabel and we shared. Metabel is an eggplant dip similar to baba-ganooj, but less lemony. The haloumi turned out to be a panneer-like cheese that is briefly deep fried to a crispy outer surface.
I had laban, the Lebanese version of the universal salty yogurt drink. Amy had the arabischer mocca, dense boiled coffee.
The food was amazing. Deep frying without soaking the food in grease is a bit of an art, one these guys have mastered. The falafel were fresh and crisp and light, the haloumi tater-tot golden on the outside, a little bit cheese-curd squeaky on the inside. The mutabel was exquisitely smokey. Everything was beautifully garnished and plated.
It was a peak lunch experience.
Sorry, Falafel UFO, your down-the-street neighbor has got you beat. Big time.
Oh, Babel, Babel, you tempt me so. Even though I should be going home for lunch (or at least to the grocery store for lunch fixins) you stare at me on Kastanienallee, and from the moment I begin thinking about your schwarma im brot, I can taste it going down. Your tender shaved meat bursting with juicy flavor, your zesty garlic paste, your perfectly roasted potatoes and fresh veggies are nearly all I can think about come hungry-time. My stomach churns for you. My breath desires to reek horrendously in your honor.
And when I can no longer resist, I am always sated. Falafel? Crunchy, hot, chickpea perfection. Hummos? Creamy and light. Price? Just right.*
Warning: Babel can be totally bat-shit-insane at lunch time. I would imagine around normal munching hours it is only more of the same, especially on weekends.
*Note: 4 stars, you may ask? "Why? Sounds like you're in love." Wellll, the guys in there can hassle you, and if you're unfließend auf Deutsch like me, you might end up paying...well, let's just say it this way...not the right price. Still affordable, though.
Probably the best Lebanese food outside of Lebanon. Go all in and order the Babel Teller with an ice old coke.
Great little find, we went there for a quick lunch and I was really surprised by the quality of the food. You can choose between a sandwich style dish or a plate with vegetables, meat etc. The food was very tasty and prices are great too. Will certainly return.
Wow, what a great spot! I live in the neighborhood and walk past it every day. I'm glad I finally stopped to check it out. The options are great, especially the vegetarian platter. It's difficult to remember everything, but the baba ganoush, hummus, falafel, and tabbouleh are all outstanding. Basically, Babel is one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. I highly recommend it!
Best kebab in berlin, shame its not open late!
The food at this fabulous Lebanese on Kastanienallee is wonderful. I typically get a plate as the amount of food they give you for the price is outstanding. The garlic sauce is one of the best things about this place, and most Lebanese restaurants! This review was written in 2008.
Best falafel joint ever. The most amazing array of flavors on one plate. This is my ideal kind of "platter" God I love a platter. Cheap and friendly. You pay when you get it, unlike most Berlin restaurants, bars and cafes, where you pay when you are ready to...leave or hang out more... it's all sort of ambiguous in that department... anyhow- I could eat here every day. Really.
my favorite place for falafel in all of Berlin!
the falafel is always freshly fried (achtung: it shares the same oil as non-vegan items), and very tasty, good balance of spices and herbs. the grilled veggies are yummy and never overcooked like other places. the salad is made of various excellent quality ingredients like rucola, cucumbers, turnips, red onions, and tomatoes with a tangy mango dressing. their hot sauce is excellent too: very fresh (housemade i assume) and powerful with a citrus quality.
the only shortcoming is rude service. in fact one of the guys does resemble the Soup Nazi a bit. i guess they are cocky in knowing how good their falafel is.
Sometimes I go there and order schawarma to go .So far its best one I know in Prenzlauer berg (very strong garlic sauce) .I never spend there more than 5 mins,so I dont know much about friendliness of staff.For pet owners-dogs not allowed.
Fantastic food. Almost every time I'm in Berlin I go there. For just EUR6 you can eat probably one of the best middle-east food available in Germany or perhaps whole Europe :]. I'm not joking. Check it out! I recommend schawarma mit gemuese (shoarma with vegies or however you call it) - it's a storm of tastes. Plate includes meat, about 10 or more types of vegies and 5 or so sauces. Every bite is different and fresh mint added on top is like a cherry on top of a cake :D. Don't just read - go and eat ;).
ordered the vegetarian plate and was treated to a dreamy array of flavors ranging from spicy garlic to mellow hummus...falafel was perfectly spiced and cooked...all I can say is this is some of the tastiest Lebanese food I've ever had! also very nice funky artsy decor and the middle eastern music was trancy and soulful...a must for anyone visiting Berlin!
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