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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Cobblestone Mall, Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand
09 407 1001
After reading positive reviews about this place serving the best falafels in Northland, Josselin, Nigel and I managed to find this cafe tucked away in a corner at the back of Cobblestone Mall.
I took less than a minute to decide on what to order after scanning through the menu. The Falafel Salad (NZD$9) is a clear winner! The chickpea patties are served on a bed of mesclun salad and tabuleh, topped with mint yoghurt and tehina. All the ingredients were fresh and complemented each other perfectly. The serving was so generous that I didn't have to eat dinner that day!
Josselin had the Koftas Pita (NZD$9) stuffed with salad, tabuleh, hummus, spicy tomato, mint yoghurt and tehina. The koftas are made with minced beef and lamb, and spiced with coriander, cumin, tumeric and chilli before being grilled.
Nigel's Shishlik Pita (NZD$9) was very similar to Josselin's pita, except that instead of koftas, the pita was stuffed with diced chicken breast marinated in herbs.Eating in the cafe made me feel as though I'm really in the Middle East. The walls are decorated with ancient photos, the Israel flag was displayed proudly and prominently, and Middle Eastern music wafted through the air as we dined.
The prices are more than reasonable for both the quantity and quality of the food served! We left the cafe feeling full and satisfied. This is definitely one of the best Middle Eastern meals I've ever had.
Labels: New Zealand
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