Toronto’s best falafel ball
July 3, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
A kosher falafel joint is a must in a city with even a small Jewish contingency. With its booming falafel-loving Heeb inhabitants, Toronto has a fair share of joints to choose from. They range from indie to chain, and, as proven we see below, delectable to below par. Falafel balls are commonly served with a plethora of other flavours competing for your palette. Therefore, for comparison I wanted to strip down the falafel ball to its bare bones. How do these four falafel balls measure up without all the bells and whistles? The result was surprising. It reminds me of that age-old parable, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Lesson learned, greasy falafel ball. Lesson learned.
King David: 3020 Bathurst Street, (416) 781-1326
Grease Lightning: Quite greasy; Outer Crunch: Not the crispiest; Interior: Crispy Crunch squares; Overall Taste: The taste of this ball is what sets it soaring. There is an interesting spicy sweetness to the mixture. Definitely a perfected house recipe!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Dr. Laffa, 401 Magnetic Drive #39, (416) 739-7134
Grease Lightning: Not too greasy; Outer Crunch: Very crisp; Interior: Slightly dry; Overall Taste: Delicious- it has a distinctive Dr. Laffa ‘flava’, keeping it true to its Middle-Eastern origin.
Rating: : 4 out of 5
Pizza Cafe, 3774 Bathurst St., (416) 633-5678
Grease Lightning: Not greasy; Outer Crunch: Not so crunchy; Interior: Chunky batter, very ‘homemade’; Overall Taste: If you are a garlic lover, this is the falafel for you. The garlic definitely doesn’t overpower the delicious combination of spices used in this gem.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Tov-Li, 3519 Bathurst St., (416) 784-9900
Grease Lightning: Not greasy; Outer Crunch: Minor; Interior situation: Very doughy; Overall Taste: Shockingly bland This ball lacks a punch. It has not, however, soured my deep love affair with Tov-Li’s abundant menu offerings.
Rating: 3 out of 5