- Quality: ★★★ – Good
- Type: All Vegan
- Location: Near Shinsen Station, Shibuya, Tokyo
- Price: Moderate (¥880-¥1280 for a sandwich)
- Hours: Tues-Sat 11:30 am – 2:30pm (lunch), 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm; Sun 11:30 am – 6:30 pm, Closed Monday
- Other Reviews: TimeOut Tokyo, HappyCow
- Website: Click Here
- Language Barrier: English Menu available
About & Location:
Kuumba du Falafel is a falafel shop located near Shinsen station on the Keio Inokashira line, in Shibuya, Tokyo. You can get their quickly from Shinsen Station, and it’s also and easy 10-15 minute walk from Shibuya Station. It is a bit difficult to find, unfortunately: It’s located on the ground floor just past an overpass and doesn’t have any sign out front, so that it’s easy to miss. So please, keep an eye out!
NOTE: From what I’ve read online, Kuumba Du Falafel is occasionally closed without notice, so please call ahead if you’re looking for it!
Address: Shinsen-Chou, Me Boulevard 1F 23-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 151-0045
Phone Number: 03-6416-8396
Kuumba du Falafel got rave reviews online, but I was always a little hesitant to go hunting for it since I’d seen so many reviews online commenting on it’s slightly hidden location and the fact that it sporadically closes. However, I finally ended up making the pilgrimage (after calling ahead!), and it was well worth it!
The menu was short, but offered Falafel sandwiches in both full and half sizes, lentil soup, and a large Falafel plate, among other items. There was also a small selection of drinks, including pear juice, coconut water, & Hitachino Nest Beer (a personal favorite).
I got the half falafel (¥880) because I’d read they’re stuffed full, and it ended up being a good size since I wasn’t incredibly hungry. What I received made me SO happy that I’d finally sought the place out – the sandwiches were stuffed beautifully with layers of lettuce, purple cabbage, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, falafel, hummus, tahini, and even a few slices of daikon radish and a shiso leaf (which I thought was a wonderful Japanese addition)! The hot sauce (served in bright red plastic bottles) is pretty spicy, so do squeeze with caution! It’s flavorful and really adds to the sandwich, but it is pretty hot (not insanely hot but is probably a bit spicier than tabasco) and the spiciness builds.
Atmosphere & Service:
The atmosphere is very casual. Seating is on stools and a wooden bar, you refill your water with plastic water pitchers, and hot sauces come in red ketchup squeeze bottles. Service was not friendly but not rude, just quiet and to the point. So probably not a place you’d go for a romantic atmosphere, but definitely a great placed to stop after a long day of sight-seeing or shopping.
Service on the night I went was quick, but because the person working made each one by hand, I received my order at a different time than the person next to me. If they’re busy (which I’m sure it gets), it may mean waiting a bit to order and get your food.
They also had various raw nuts and dried fruits (like dates and walnuts) in jars available for purchase, as well as packs of coconut water.