IMHO a better name for The Village Falafel might be The Village Armenian. The owners are a classic story of immigrants from Lebanon who landed here 11 years ago and started building a small business through a watch repair shop and now a restaurant; one has to love the work ethic.
After reviewing TVF over a year ago when they first opened I decided to give them another try today. The following is my Yelp review November 2011:
My lamb Shawerma today was one of the best ever. It came with a side of Hummus and pita chips which were delicious. The Tahini is different from what you might know from many of the middle eastern places up and down El Camino, Stevens Creek and Winchester Blvd. It has more flavor and some spices, I can't quite get my taste buds around it to identify them.
For a real treat try the "Armenian Coffee" with a homemade Bakhlava. If you are fortunate enough to be there when Papa, the head of the family is there, he may treat you to a coffee and his story of building a business in America/Cupertino.
The investment in making over a tired restaurant location is substantial and deserves to make it. One needs to remember this is Armenian cuisine and not your typical middle eastern fare. While it is described in a similar manner, the spices may not be quite the same.
Watch for entertainment in the future, rumor has it there could be belly dancers and traditional music. Coming soon? I understand there will be more new and authentic Armenian dishes added as they learn what the market likes.
On my return trip today I had the Lamb Wrap. It was huge and declicious, stuffed with large chunks of lamb, lathered with hummus, fresh tomato slices, onion and cilantro. They have continued with giving patrons a basket of pita chips and hummus as a snack while you are waiting, nice touch.
Give them a try; I believe you will come away happy.
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