That’s it, you’ve finally landed in Lebanon and you can’t wait to feed your hungry stomach with some delicious Lebanese food! If you already know a bit or you’ve done your research, you know falafel is a traditional must in the country. But where exactly can you eat the best falafel in Beirut?
I was discussing with my Lebanese friend “S” lately, while trying to organise my trip there… She was telling me that “the place to go” for a good falafel in Beirut, is the famous Falafel Sahyoun. Highly reviewed by many, she also confirmed I should definitely go there, so I can’t wait!
Useful information about Falafel Sahyoun
Here are a few details so you know what you’re in for.
They use fresh tomatoes, parsley, mint, radishes, a yummy white sauce (made of tahina*, yogurt and lemon) and of course their amazing falafels, all of it layed on traditional lebanese bread.
You can ask them to spice it up also if you like your food more on the hot side.
If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be good to go with one of these, but of course even meat lovers will enjoy this delight.
*Tahina is a paste made from grounded sesame grains and a bit of water.
Approximately LBP 3000 for a sandwich, but since you can easily eat two, you be doubling that up.
Do note that they accept cash only, so you’ll have to make sure you have some on you.
To understand more about the LBP, check out my article on the currency in Lebanon.
They will welcome you from 9.30am to 11pm, from Monday to Saturday. So whether you want it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even jsut as a quick snack they’ll be there.
Peek times are towards 3pm and arounnd 9pm-10pm.
Where can I find Falafel Sahyoun?
You’ll find the restaurant in downtown Beirut on Damascus Road Ras El-Nabeh, and if you’re wondering the area is fine, so no worries on that side.
Their contact number is +961 1 633 188.
Fun anecdote, Is this why it’s the best falafel restaurant in beirut?
You may get a little confused when you first arrive, as you will see two Falafel M. Sahyoun restaurants. Yes you heard correctly and don’t think you’re missing sleep, your vision is fine. Actually they have each distincted themselves by colors (red and blue).
So what’s all this about? They are actually two brothers who initially worked together, but then got angry at each other and separated. But none of them was going to let go of the worlds best falafel restaurant, so they just split and are now fierce competitors right next to one another! Let’s hope it gets better one day and the power of falafel will bring them back to one.
Any difference between the two? Not really, the hardest part is just choosing in which one you’re going to step in, but if you chose one you better stick to it!
Let me know in the comments if you have been there yourself, what you thought about it and of course which brother did you choose ? blue or red ?
My friend goes to the red one, I’ll definitely be trying both and giving you an update when I return from my trip.