OK, I've been living in and around the Riv' for awhile, and I was excited when this place opened up not too long ago, as there hasn't been any decent falafel around. But even Guss on Queen E. and the guy in Gerrard Sq. is probably better than what I unfortunately encountered today.
Actually, it's partially my own fault. I was pre-warned by my barber Jay at Major League Cuts on Pape that the Shwarma was crap at Champion. However, my son and myself where hungry and two people where lined up for cuts in front of us, so we decided to give it a try.
First thing I noticed was no Tabbouleh, and no Baba ghanoush. So a plate is out of the question. Two Pitas then, I got the falafel, my son the chicken shwarma.
Cheap on the hummus with one wipe of the knife, no pickled vegetables. When I asked for tahini he pulled it out from behind the counter like it was a secret. The falafel was crushed up, it looked uncooked. In fact, I didn't even see him fry it up. I got hot sauce and garlic sauce to.
It actually didn't look bad, but when I bit in to it I got a cold, bland, doughey taste that made me think I was getting something that might be served in a Lebanese prison rather than a restaurant.
It was the most bland falafel I have ever tasted. It actually reminded me of what you would get at the pita pit, only the hot sauce is better there. I even asked for hot peppers and couldn't taste those either. It was a mystery as to what happened to the garlic, tahini and hummus as I couldn't pick up the flavour of any of them. Bite after bite was like forcing down something for the sake of eating, rather then enjoying a meal.Occasionally I thought I caught an odd flavour of a lemon sort of taste, but even that wasn't enough to want to finish it. I managed to force down half.
My son's pita was only any better because it had actual meat on it, though I took a bite and was very unimpressed. Reminded my of a generic shwarma meat that you would get from a microwaveable version. Terrible.
The price was not bad, it all came out to just under $11 with drinks for both. But unless you smoke cigars on a regular bases and have no taste left it's not even worth that.
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