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Pilpel serves falafel and hummus with a selection of toppings including aubergine and free range egg. They offer a well priced menu with a strong emphasis on the use of fresh and healthy ingredients.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

10:00 - 21:00

TUE

10:00 - 21:00

WED

10:00 - 21:00

THU

10:00 - 21:00

FRI

10:00 - 16:00

SAT

CLOSED

SUN

11:00 - 18:00

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Pilpel reviews



By Jenny G.

Since I am from Israel and a big hummus lover, I was reluctant to try Pilpel. I've tried hummus in 4 countries and it's just never the same and I was not looking for another disappointment. Today I finally tried Pilpel and I am ecstatic! The food is delicious, flavorful and exactly like home. I had the pita with hummus, tahini and hot pepper sauces, roasted aubergine, boiled egg and all the salads they could fit. You get a great amount of food for your money, it is healthier than most alternatives and is absolutely delicious. If you're feeling adventurous, try it with the strawberry and banana Spring nectar. That's the way we do it at home and it's wonderful. I will be coming back again and again. There are many more options to try in the menu and the lovely staff have won me over. Highly recommended!


By Jenny G.

Since I am from Israel and a big hummus lover, I was reluctant to try Pilpel. I've tried hummus in 4 countries and it's just never the same and I was not looking for another disappointment. Today I finally tried Pilpel and I am ecstatic! The food is delicious, flavorful and exactly like home. I had the pita with hummus, tahini and hot pepper sauces, roasted aubergine, boiled egg and all the salads they could fit. You get a great amount of food for your money, it is healthier than most alternatives and is absolutely delicious. If you're feeling adventurous, try it with the strawberry and banana Spring nectar. That's the way we do it at home and it's wonderful. I will be coming back again and again. There are many more options to try in the menu and the lovely staff have won me over. Highly recommended!


By Alex N.

Pilepl is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in London. I have been numerous times, and the staff is always so friendly and helpful. The falafel is incredibly flavorful, and will leave you stuffed. There are a wide variety of toppings and salads for the falafel, and you are sure to figure out your favorite combination in no time. There tahini sauce is OUT OF THIS WORLD, and I would recommend asking for an extra spoonful on your falafel! Everyone needs to try this place, I promise you won't be disappointed.


By Tash A.

I have been a few times during my lunchbreak. There was a queue but it moved quickly.

The service is friendly, food is delicious and it fill's you up for the rest of the day!

Excellent value for money I would recommend it!

I like the salad box were you choose all the different salads but you cannot beat a falafel in a pitta, tahina, salad & aubergine oh and more tahina!


By Martina C.

The delicious smell tempted me in and their food totally lived up to the smell. The brown pittas are great and everything I had was fresh and very tasty. Great addition to the area!


By Zerin D.

Excellent, I would recommend this. I tried it for the first time and it was fresh/tasty and enjoyable. Good luck!

I have recommended to friends and colleagues at work.


By Michelle C.

Pop into Pilpel for fresh falafel and hummus and try something a bit out of the ordinary for lunch.

The Venue
A small, square takeaway and cafe on Brushfield Street, Pilpel specialises in falafel and hummus. Falafel for lunch is the norm in many areas of the Middle East, and the folk behind Pilpel are big fans. In fact, you could say it’s more a lifestyle than a lunch – the owner’s grandfather opened up a falafel stand in Tel Aviv 60 years ago, and the food has been part of the family ever since.

The Brushfield Street venue is a combination of modern and rustic design, with big windows, bright colours, potted plants and eye-catching photos of chickpeas and other food on the walls. There are a couple of high tables along one wall as well as an L-shaped counter space made out of thick, pale wood, providing a seating area that makes the most of the small space. To order, head for the counter and choose from a variety of falafel fillings and hummus toppings, or grab something from the cold counter on the left.

The Atmosphere
Despite its small size, Pilpel gives off a big, bright welcome, with staff bustling around behind the counter and a constant flow of customers. Despite just opening, it’s incredibly busy during lunchtimes, so if you’d rather not queue for your falafel turn up a bit later – or earlier – instead, as they’re open from 10am to 8pm, Sunday to Friday. Busy market days see an influx of tourists but the main clientele are people who work in the area who are tired of chains’ sandwich and salad offerings. Although there are only a couple of tables and a long counter to sit at, the large windows give you ample opportunity to people watch.

The Food
Falafel, falafel and more falafel – with some hummus, too. The menu at Pilpel isn’t very complicated but why mess with a tried and true formula? Falafel and hummus are pretty much the ideal lunch food – cheap, relatively healthy and best eaten with your hands. At Pilpel, a falafel in pita bread costs £3.99, and with it you can have your choice of salad, including pickles, olives, chickpeas, onions, tahini, hummus and even aubergine – the pita isn’t enormous but they stuff enough toppings into it that you’ll have trouble eating it without at least some bits falling out. The falafel – choose from the classic green version or the lesser-seen yellow version without the spices – are about the size of a squashed golf ball, ensuring that you can get at least three in the pita. They’re soft, slightly crumbly and not at all greasy, just as they should be.

If you can’t deal with the complexities of the stuffed-to-the-brim pita, falafel in a container (with pita on the side) is £4.99. Extra dressings are available, including tahini, amba (an Indian-inspired sauce made with mangos, which give it a vivid orange colour) and a bitingly sharp chilli sauce. A container of hummus with two pitas costs £3.99, and Pilpel’s version is creamy and slightly tangy, with a nice, thick texture. Extra toppings include aubergine (40p), feta (60p), guacamole (50p), free range egg (40p) and falafel balls (70p). Other dishes include a few pre-prepared salads (from £2.99) along with sabich, a pita filled with hummus, aubergine and egg (£3.99). Soon to appear on the menu is shakshuka, a lasagne-like dish made with cooked tomatoes and eggs, along with a variety of sandwiches. Everything is locally sourced where possible (the pita bread comes from a bakery in North London) whilst the hummus, falafel and tahini are all made on site.

The Drink
There’s no alcohol here, but large plastic cups filled with sharp and tart mint lemonade are freshly squeezed and only £1.20. Brightly coloured cans of Spring soda line one of the shelves on the cold counter and coffees are also available.

The Last Word
Despite its trendy reputation, the area around Spitalfields Market has a lot of chains and the prospect of grabbing lunch somewhere can leave you feeling uninspired. The people behind Pilpel have been making hummus and falafel for years, and they do it well. The enthusiasm they have for their food is something you won’t find at in ordinary sandwich shop.

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