Shuki and Louisa, famous for their falafel and dips, have today opened their Very Good Falafel shop in Brunswick. I’ve been a fan of their falafel in pita for a while now, happily queuing for fifteen minutes at their stall on Wednesdays at the Melbourne University Farmers Market. It’s a fifteen minute queue sometimes, because so many people are fans and shows you how popular this very good falafel is! This is my usual from Shuki and Louisa’s market stalls:
So, I’m around Sydney Road more often than Melbourne Uni and I reacted with much glee to the news that Shuki and Louisa were opening a falafel shop in Brunswick. There are other falafel options around that area, but seeing as I make the trek to Melbourne Uni just for their falafel, I already pegged Very Good Falafel as my number one felafel place to visit in this area. Inside, there are some tables with bench style seats and stools, as well as the benches along the serving area and front window:
I met up with Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe for a falafel lunch. We took a look at the platters of food on display (beautiful looking potatoes!) and asked about the serving options. You can have your falafel in a pita (like the photo up above) or on a plate with sides and/or salad. The menu isn’t all vegan and the vegan options are, I believe, the falafel in the pita or on the plate with the sides. I like the falafel in pita so much that I was tempted to get it even though I’ve had it many times now, but I ended up getting the plate option. This was made up of three falafel balls with a tahini sauce, those beautiful potatoes, sliced fennel and radish salad and cooked leafy greens with flaked almonds. I got a pita on the side as well. A really satisfying and delicious lunch and so good to have yet another tasty vegan option available in the Brunswick/Coburg area. Johanna and I got the same meal with the pita and it totaled $26:
Shuki and Louisa’s website lists their stockists and the markets they will be at. The website also mentions the use of locally sourced ingredients, including chickpeas from Louisa’s family farm.
With fresh ingredients and falafel that, for me, are just right with their crunchy outside and soft insides, I see quite a few return visits to Very Good Falafel happening. Either that, or you’ll find me in the queue at farmers’ markets 🙂
Very Good Falafel
629 Sydney Road
Melbourne University holds a farmers’ market on Wednesdays until October 21st (with no market on September 30th). Melbourne did its weird weather thing where it was raining when we left home, but beautifully sunny when we were at the market– perfect market weather!
This was my first visit to the Melbourne Uni market and of course this meant I would walk around checking out vegan stuff for us all! Let’s start with my lunch, pictured below. When a banner at a stall proudly displays “I make very good falafel” I’m all PLEASE BE VEGAN. You know how sometimes you rock up to a felafel place and they’re all no dude it’s not vegan, and you’re like BUT WHYYYYY. Then I noticed the Shuki & Louisa signs. I’ve seen the Shuki & Louisa dips at markets before but I didn’t realise they made a vegan felafel. I was told that yes it’s an all-vegan felafel so I quickly handed over my $8. The felafels are clearly popular because there was about a fifteen to twenty minute wait, so Arthur and I went to check out the Melbourne Uni Food Co-op. More on that below, but for now let’s talk felafel. Folks, this was a really, really good felafel. The pita pocket was stuffed with fresh salad and the felafel balls were exactly like I’d want my felafel to be. For me, this was well worth the wait. I’d definitely get this again with the wait time:
I’ve tried to take photos of vegan-only foods but some of the stalls selling vegan friendly products also sell non-vegan stuff. I tried the jams by both Di and Benny’s Berries and regretted not bringing more money to buy some. There were fresh dried fruits and nuts, oils and olives, apples and pears and lots of flowers:
Beautifully sweet oranges, lovely sourdough breads (I tried the olive, yum), 5 & Dime bagels (always good!), local handmade corn tortillas by LaTortilleria and lots of fresh vegetables and herbs from a few stalls:
The Melbourne University Food Co-op is located on the first floor (one above ground floor) of Union House. Just about everything is vegan and there’s a selection of baked goods from Crumbs Bakery:
I didn’t buy anything as I had to go and pick up my felafel baby. I did however sneak a photo of someone’s lunch. It was on the counter waiting for them, nobody was about so I did this for you guys. On the left there (in a badly configured side-by-side montage…) is a lemon donut by Crumbs. I’ve had these before and they’re sooo good:
If you’re around Melbourne Uni on Wednesdays, the market is really worth a look. Check out the Melbourne Farmers’ Market webpage for Melbourne Uni to see which stalls are coming up.