Amsterdam Falafelshop is the newest eatery in Davis Square (Somerville, MA). I'm very glad for this new addition to the area! Amsterdam Falafelshop offers hot, fresh and crispy falafels in white or whole wheat lavash bread. You can order a small with 3 falafel or a regular with 5. The bread is the same so if you order a regular it's basically an overstuffed sandwich. A small with 3 falafel is plenty and leaves enough room for lots of toppings.
Oh and the toppings. There are tons and tons of toppings. Amsterdam Falafelshop is basically a build-your-own falafel place. They stuff the lavash bread with the falafel and hand it to you in a paper cone. They you add toppings (unlimited!) which include:
Garlic Cream Sauce
Yogurt Dill Sauce
Pickled Cauliflower Salad
Cucumber Onion Salad
There are no fresh tomatoes which made me a bit sad.
It's a bit awkward to order here. There is no menu board so I wasn't sure what the heck I was doing. The signage with instructions was small and I completely missed it (you can see it above). There was a nice lady at the counter who explained everything to me including the sizes. I didn't know they had fries until after I left and had read a Yelp review. Apparently they also have curry ketchup to go with the fries which I didn't know.
I got a small 3 falafel sandwich on whole wheat. My toppings included Garlic Parsley, Tahini, Humus, Pickled Cauliflower salad, Beets, Imported Pickles and Pepperoncini. It was delicious. The falafel balls were hot and crispy on the outside. The seasonings were just right. Not too much herb mixture. All the toppings I got were delicious. The Garlic Parsley is amazing. Next time, I'll add more of that and the tahini and skip the hummus. The pickled vegetables were good too and I found myself picking them out to eat them whole. My only regret was not adding more of those amazing Imported pickles!
They do have a couple desserts including an imported Stroopwafel caramel waffle cookie for $1.75 and chocolate brownies for $2.50. I had a Stroopwafel and it was delicious. Very flavorful caramel with some really good vanilla. It's basically an over-processed cookie but I thought I would get it for fun. For drinks they have bottled water and IZZE sparkling juices. Not much of a selection but I didn't go there with drinks in mind.
Once I was done building my falafel sandwich, I had to awkwardly hold the cone while I was rung up and signed my receipt (they take credit cards by the way!). I wish the falafel sandwich was served in a box container which one could close up when paying at the cashwrap. I like the build-your-own set-up, I just forsee me dropping one of those sandwiches before I get out the door. The guy at the cashwrap offered to wrap my falafel sandwich in foil and put it in a bag which helped.
The quality of the food at Amsterdam Falafelshop is very good. They just need to work on signage, traffic control and packaging. But I'll be back!