Deserts The Falafel Oasis
905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3W8
Affordable and healthy Middle Eastern and Indian fast food on The Drive.
|Cuisine Type |||Vegan, Vegetarian, Indian, Middle Eastern|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
Profile Last Updated: August 13, 2008
For the last fifteen years, the place to go on Commercial Drive for great falafel and other Middle Eastern and East Indian delights has been Deserts Falafel Oasis. With its charming mismatched furniture and Indian and Middle Eastern décor, the atmosphere is casual and very laid-back. As you munch your falafel pita you can take in the sights and sounds of Commercial Drive’s eclectic street life.
Falafel + Latke = Falatke
A popular treat at Deserts is their signature Falatke, a combination of the falafel, the delicious deep fried ball or patty made from chickpeas and fava beans, and the latke, a traditional Jewish pancake made from shredded potato. Served in a pita or as a wrap with tahini and hummus and fresh lettuce and tomato, it makes for a crunchy, healthy snack. If you’re craving only one or the other, the latkes and falafels are also sold separately. Made from fresh ingredients right in the restaurant, all of Deserts dishes are either vegetarian or vegan, and the curries and stews change on a daily basis. Lentil and Chickpea Stew on rice is a popular choice and there’s always at least two veggie curries on offer.
Juice It Up
Hummus plates are another specialty, and the spinach pies add a little a northern Mediterranean flavor to the mix. Deserts is also known for its energy boosting fresh juices. Try the carrot orange and ginger blend or one their delicious berry smoothies made with wholesome and healthy soymilk.