Abbout Falafel House, 465 Sydney Rd, Coburg. Phone: 9350 4343
My third visit to Abbout Falafel House.
My third visit unaccompanied.
My fervent desire to share this great place and its amazing food with one or more of my eats buddies is thwarted again.
Last time I was in this Coburg neighbourhood, I had brother Kurt with me, but Abbout’s was closed; we found a more than acceptable alternative anyway.
As for today … oh well, I have the foodie bits from a newspaper and a door-stopping American classic by John Sayles for company.
Meet “Hommos Belahma”.
The zingy hommos is topped with pan-fried lamb mince and pine nuts.
The slightly sweet grease of the lamb works like a perfect teammate with the mild astringency of the dip.
Unlike on my second visit here, when perfectly acceptable commercial pita bread was served, today I once more get the rotund house-made bread. It’s beaut – a bit thicker than its commercial cousins and emitting steam when punctured.
No olives today, but the sour, crunchy pickled cucumbers, pickled chillis, pickled turnip, tomato slices and a profusion of mint are all present.
My lunch is perfect, even if I am unable to even go close to finishing it.
It costs $8 and at a pinch could serve as a light lunch for two people..
As I am packing up to leave, the young Asian cat sitting at the next table says to me: “Don’t you do a food blog? Consider The Sauce, right?”
His name’s Sern.
And not only is he familiar with Consider The Sauce, he’s evidently studied it quite closely.
In fact, his presence in this particular Middle Eastern noshery is a direct result of the previous CTS review of Abbout Falafel House.
Sean is of Malaysian derivation, lives way, way on the other side of town and works in the northern suburbs.
But in his soul and in his tummy, he’s a westie at heart.
He’s familiar with almost all of Footscray’s African restaurants and is a big fan of Safari in Ascot Vale.
“The food in the west just seems to have more soul somehow,” he says.
He’s a fellow traveller, he’s a soul brother.
We swap phone numbers and email addresses with a view to a lunch arrangement the following week.
I ask him what other food blogs he likes: “Ms Baklover!”