Melbourne's never been short of good falafel in the years I've lived here. Just Falafs is of the same crop as Tahina and Very Good Falafel, a casual little spot with counter service and lots of takeaway orders, serving an array of beautiful vegetable dishes and a couple of nice pickles to back up their specialty falafel. It's all vegetarian here, and mostly actually vegan (including their entire salad range), but it's not a big part of how they market themselves.
Across two plates, we sampled widely from the menu. The haloumi plate (pictured top, $15) has just two batons of golden cheese, but plenty else besides: four enormous falafel balls, a mountain of room temperature fried cauliflower, pickled cucumber and cabbage, a swish of hummus and a drizzle of tahini sauce. It's a rich feast.
The mixed salad plate ($13 + $4 for four falafels) made an excellent companion dish. The veges in rotation on our visit were charred broccoli with chilli and garlic, beetroot and carrots in fig balsamic, roast pumpkin with caramelised onion, tahini and pomegranate, roast cauliflower with capers and almonds, and Jerusalem grains. It's all varied and filling and very, very tasty. So much so that we haven't been tempted yet to order Just Falafs' rosemary and garlic chips!
It's evident that many Fitzroy locals have made Just Falafs their go-to for a no-fuss, nourishing dinner. The same rotation of dishes is available eat-in and takeaway, on a plate or wrapped into pita, with family packs designed for dinner at home or a picnic down at Edinburgh Gardens. We were able to grab a takeaway box and hold away some of our own leftovers for lunch the next day too. I reckon it'll be a winner, any way you order it.
Just Falafs has also received praise on Fitzroyalty and Laura Moseley.
207 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
Accessibility: Just Falafs has a shallow ramp on entry. Furniture is crowded together; there's a bench down one wall and the rest of the seating is backless stools. There's a reasonably clear walkway through the middle. We ordered and paid at a low counter. There aren't toilets on site, and on a previous visit I was directed to use the facilities at the bar next door.