Rumour had it that Yummba at UNSW Village made ‘amazing falafel’. I’d heard this from quite a few people, but I was skeptical. Why? Because falafel is just a patty of ground chickpeas. I’ve had falafel a handful times at authentic Lebanese restaurants and each time I’d thought it was dry as paper and completely tasteless — it added texture to whatever dip I was eating it with, but its purpose stopped there. Yummba’s only been open a couple of months and I’m rarely on campus, so I’ve never had a chance to try it out. On one of my last days of university classes for my degrees(!), I checked out this ‘amazing falafel’ for myself.
I got the Yummba Nuggets which was 12 falafel and my choice of two dips.
My two dips were hummus (left) and baba ghanoush (right).
So were the rumours true? Yes! These falafel were the best falafel I’ve ever had. They weren’t dry at all and had a golden crunchy taste even without any dip.
I would, however, add a qualification to the rumour though: these are amazing falafels for what falafel are as a food, that is, a patty of ground chickpeas. I would go here to eat falafel if I were ever craving falafel certainly, but these falafel aren’t so amazing that they feature on my amazing foods radar.
Yummba is located at Gate 2, University Terraces, High St, UNSW Campus, Kensington NSW 2033.