As a former DC resident, I was delighted and tickled to learn that Amsterdam Falafel was opening up shop in Davis Sq. Mr. Swank and I headed over tonight after work.
The scene: rather jammed. There was a longish line and some confusion over where to order. This is because the toppings bar is situated right next to the ordering station, so people loading up their sandwiches also appear to be in line waiting to order. It can get a bit tight sneakers.
The service: as efficient as can be expected for a new place. The owner was on the line, affably guiding people about.
The toppings bar: extensive!! Do not miss the chopped jalapeno, chopped tomato relish, delicious yogurt sauce, cuke salad, or the hot pepper relish! The curry mustard and garlic mayo (available, oddly, around the corner by the soda fountains) are also must-gets. The only problem is, it's tough to stuff the toppings into your falafel sandwich. Mr. Swank ended up splattering a puddle of condiments on the floor. The sandwiches are not designed for easy toting. Plus, once you bite into a few falafel balls, your toppings are gone unless you've thought to open up your sandwich, stuff the toppings inside, and then replace the balls. This isn't an easy feat when you're holding up production at a busy toppings bar! Oh the stress.
The large fries are super large -- opt for a regular.
On another note, Diva was positively booming next door. Maybe offloading the "lounge" has helped business?