Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Healthy Snack Time: Chickpea Deli

After having my long awaited haircut at Essensuals Toni & Guy last Saturday, I strolled around the mall looking for a place to grab a quick bite before rushing home to prepare for a dinner party. "Something light and yummy" was my main goal. Not so far from the mall's entrance coming from the salon, I saw this tiny kiosk located right in front of 50th Avenue and the department store with a brightly lit orange and white signage. Chickpea Deli, it read.

I walked towards the kiosk and saw two ladies preparing what seemed like samplers of their product. One immediately looked up and gaved me a big smile while at the same time offering me (i guessed it right!) a sample of their Falafel pattie with Honey Barbeque sauce. Did i just heard her right? They are actually selling Falafel?

For those who are not sure what on earth Falafels are, I took the initiative of doing a teeny-tiny research for everyone. According to Chickpea Deli's official site:
Falafels are a Mediterranean fast food that serves as a healthier alternative to meat. It is high in folic acid and in iron-rich proteins, all with no cholesterol or MSG.
In other words, this is one healthy alternative for those who adores burgers but is still conscious enough to know its heart stopping, arteries clogging long term effects.

Alas, why not give it a try? I ordered a Honey Barbeque Wrap (P80) to go. It took the attendant less than 3 minutes to prepare my order. Not bad, perfect for those who are really rushing and wants to just grab their wraps and go.

I bit into my order and I immediately tasted the tasty, sweet-salty Honey Barbeque sauce. Unfortunately, the falafel pattie was not served warm and tasted a bit bland. It somehow gave a very powdery, beany texture that did not satisfied my taste buds. The cheese and tomato slices were scarce and the pickle slices...(what pickle slices??)...non-existent. It would have been better if the falafel pattie was served warm similar to that of a burger pattie and there was a more generous serving of the other ingredients (cheese, pickles, tomatoes and sauce) to make it a satisfying meal worth its price.

my Honey Barbeque Wrap (is it worth P80?)

I might give this another try but obviously, my first Chickpea Deli experience wasn't as exciting as expected. Maybe I'll go for the Oriental or White Cheese Wrap next time.

Chickpea Deli is located at the 3rd Level East Wing of Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas cor EDSA.

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