Falafel Salam is a Middle Eastern restaurant located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. We also operate a food truck on Seattle streets and a booth at select farmers markets. At Falafel Salam we care about the food we make and how it is prepared. It gives us pride to see our friends and customers enjoying our food knowing how much thought and work goes into making it all from scratch.
Our fresh ingredients are sourced as close as possible, while our staple ingredients are imported from overseas. Many other components such as our pitas and pickles are homemade. These practices result in fresh, healthy, ethical food with exceptional flavor.
- Garbanzo beans (Falafel and Hummus) – Organic Alvarez Farms (Mabton, WA)
- Lamb (gyro) is organic, grass-fed from Anderson Ranch (Brownsville, OR) and certified Halal
- Chicken (shwarma) is organic, free-range from Draper Valley (Mt.Vernon,WA)
- Olive oil is extra virgin cold pressed and has deep earth and rock flavors (Tazah, Lebanon)
- Tahini is toasted hulled sesame and has sweet and nutty flavors (Al-Kanater,Lebanon)
- Za’atar has a nice herb flavor that completes any middle eastern dish (Adonis, Jordan)
- Feta cheese is traditional Bulgarian and un-pasteurized. It hides a delicate sour finish rather than salty
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A spectrum of flavors
Middle Eastern food has a spectrum of flavors that ranges from simple to bold and complex.Simple flavors such as in hummus and tahini are mellow and light yet have beautiful hints of earthy, sweet and nutty flavors. They also add a pleasant creamy texture to any dish. Bold flavors such as falafel, chicken shwarma and pickled mango sauce play perfectly with the light smoothness of tahini and hummus.
Getting the flavor and texture just right
Let’s be real, texture is just as important as flavor so we make the food fresh throughout the day.You cannot beat the soft textures of a freshly baked pita or a crispy (piping hot) falafel ball. Much thought has gone into each component and the method in which it is prepared. Making our food from start to end has allowed us to perfect the flavors and textures and select the finest ingredients.
It is very easy for us to accommodate most diets. Not only are we happy to substitute ingredients we also respect your choice and go the extra mile to insure you get exactly what you ask for.
By nature, our food is mostly vegetarian and vegan. We keep our falafel fryer vegan & gluten free. All the food is Gluten-Free with the exception of the pita and Baklava. Everything is soy and nut free except for the baklava of course. No eggs or dairy, no problem. Just let us know.
We offer two styles of sandwiches House and Purple. Originally we only offered sandwiches in what is now dubbed House Style. They include, homemade hummus, Arab salad, tahini, pickled mango. This is the standard way you would get them in Tel-Aviv. The Purple Style is an interpretation of the Northwestern flavor combinations using traditional Middle Eastern ingredients.
Our falafel is made of organic garbanzo beans (Mabton, WA), onion, parsley, cilantro and spices all ground up together. We then fry it fresh to order resulting in crispy morsels with a fluffy inside. Once you’ve had falafel this way, you’ll only want it fresh.
Our homemade pita bread is baked fresh daily. It has been described as soft, pillowy, cloudy, fluffy… Yet what matters is that it ties everything together holding all the juicy flavors in a soft edible shell.
Our chicken shwarma is juicy and flavorful because we pan sauté it in its own rich pan sauce that is made by melting the thigh meat fat with the 21 spices, olive oil and garlic it is marinated in.
Our lamb gyro strips are savory and slightly zesty. We season the grass-fed lamb with harissa, fire roasted peppers and fresh cilantro. We then press the mixture into bricks which we sear, bake and slice
Mezze is at the heart of Middle Eastern cuisine and refers to olives and vegetables, marinated, pickled and roasted as well as dips. Our restaurant features a colorful deli fridge with amazing variety of pickled vegetables, hummus, babaghnouj and feta spreads ready to grab-n-go.
Our feta is made of unpasteurized sheep-milk. Imported from Bulgaria, it showcases old-country salty flavor with a sour finish and hints of pasture. As a matter of cultural opinion, some consider unpasteurized milk to be a hazard to pregnant woman