Located in the heart of Kazimierz, this exceptional fast-food kosher restaurant seamlessly blends into the vibrant atmosphere of the neighborhood. With the enchanting backdrop of Israeli music and the tantalizing aroma of spices wafting through the air, the authenticity of the experience is truly captivating.
While primarily geared towards takeout, the establishment offers a cozy dining area featuring two tables and a counter with comfortable chairs. Nestled adjacent to the Isaac Synagogue, this restaurant operates under the esteemed kosher supervision of Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, ensuring that all culinary offerings bear the coveted kosher certification.
Their diverse menu boasts mouthwatering Israeli falafel and pizza, but it doesn’t stop there. Delve into an array of culinary delights such as Shakshuka, the daily soup special, Sabih, and a tempting selection of sandwiches featuring eggs, veggies, or pita with falafel. What sets this restaurant apart is their commitment to crafting fresh and delectable dishes onsite every single day.
Upon placing my order for pizza and falafel, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the culinary delights that awaited me. The pizza was a standout, boasting a delectable crispy crust that had clearly been prepared with care and freshness. While it may not be the primary reason one ventures here unless the craving for kosher pizza in Krakow is undeniable, it certainly lived up to expectations.
However, the true gem of this establishment lies in their falafel. These bite-sized wonders are nothing short of exceptional. They possess a unique quality that sets them apart: a delightful combination of light, fluffy interiors bursting with flavor, perfectly encased in a crispy, golden exterior. The array of salad options offered here complements the falafel beautifully, and the lemon sauce they generously drizzle over everything works like magic, enhancing the overall taste experience.
Let’s not forget the pita bread, a key component of any great falafel. Here, it’s a revelation—freshly made, light, and irresistibly soft. Each bite of the pita, generously filled with ample and perfectly crunchy falafel and fresh vegetables, is a testament to the culinary mastery that defines this establishment.
My appreciation for Szalom Falafel soared to new heights after savoring their flawless falafel and shakshuka. It’s evident that this establishment boasts a deep culinary expertise. Without hesitation, I wholeheartedly endorse Szalom Falafel for those in search of a swift, health-conscious meal that never sacrifices flavor or authenticity.
Having sampled falafels and hummus from various corners of the world, I can confidently assert that there’s nothing quite like what they serve here. It’s a culinary revelation that sets a new standard for these beloved Middle Eastern dishes.
Now, let’s talk about dessert. The gelato experience was nothing short of extraordinary, with the chocolate ice cream standing out as a true star. It’s a revelation for chocolate enthusiasts, with a deep, dark richness that can only come from a generous infusion of cocoa. This chocolate ice cream has, without a doubt, earned a top spot on my list of all-time favorites.
For those planning group gatherings, it’s worth noting that the restaurant graciously accommodates up to 30 people. However, to secure the larger dining room for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s advisable to make advanced reservations.
The pricing at Szalom Falafel falls within the moderate range, offering an excellent price-to-quality ratio that is entirely justified, especially considering its status as the sole kosher establishment in town. For those seeking an authentic and strictly kosher culinary experience, Szalom Falafel is an absolute must-try.
Additionally, during the summer months, the restaurant extends its hours to cater to late-night cravings, operating from 10:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. On regular weekdays, you can enjoy their delectable offerings from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
If you ever need to get in touch or make a reservation, you can reach out to the restaurant through the following contact information:
General Manager: Luba
Address: ul. Jakuba 21, Kraków קראקוב
Phone: +48 508 316 348
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