Fala Bar – Century City

I am not a vegan, nor ever will be. However, when I heard that Fala Bar was finally open at the Westfield Century City, I rushed over to try it, eager to stuff my face with falafels, under the guise of eating healthy in the New Year.

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Normally eating organic and vegan does not appeal to me, so my willingness to put aside meat for a meal is not to be taken lightly. Of course, replacing meat with something deep fried isn’t exactly the healthiest option out there, but it’s pretty enticing.

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Judging by the line, others were similarly intrigued. Fala Bar’s menu covers everything from your typical pita sandwiches to burgers to bowls/plates to tacos and burritos. You have five different flavors of falafel to choose – from the Original chickpea to more exotic Sweet Potato or Kale, which both incorporate chickpea as its base.

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Orders are placed at the counter, and falafels are fried to order, ensuring their freshness. If you’ve ever eaten a falafel that was fried and sitting under a heat lamp for hours, you’ll know how much better freshly made ones are.

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The Fala Sandwich, their namesake pita, had hummus, Israeli salad, cabbage and tahini enfolded in a pita. I can’t say this was particularly outstanding (this one had the original chickpea falafel), but it was a decent rendition that tasted fresh.

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More unusual was the Kale Burger -using that kale falafel patty, Thousand Island dressing, kale, pickled purple cabbage, grilled onion and avocado. Kale is one of those hit-or-miss items. I couldn’t even taste it in the burger – I consider that a hit. It was a glorious mush of falafel and lots of vegetables. I dare say, I enjoyed it even more than a regular burger.

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Not only was it pretty to look at, it tasted good – like junk food, not what I was expecting at all. Was it any healthier than a regular burger? I like to think it was since it probably contains less fat and is packed with fiber and veggies. Somehow Fala Bar managed the impossible – made me a vegan believer. Forget you, Shake Shack. I’ll be basking in the healthy vegan glow of Fala Bar.

Location – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Website – http://www.falabar.com
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – No
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes, as friendly as it gets!
Gluten-Free Options – Yes

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