I’ve walked past David’s Deli many times and never been tempted in, but with our original lunch plans having gone awry, we thought we would have a peek in. The welcome was warm and enthusiastic, and a glance at the food displayed in the counter convinced us to stay. This is a down to earth, unassuming café selling authentic Lebanese/Israeli food with friendly, confident service.
In the mood for a light lunch, we ordered hummus, which was sprinkled with sumac. The accompanying pitta was warm, soft and plentiful. Falafel was beautifully crisp and freshly cooked, drizzled with tahini sauce. A spinach salad with onion, tomato, mushrooms, peppers and olives was a nice balance to all the chickpeas, though we were unconvinced by the presence of tinned sweetcorn.
For the best falafel I’ve had in some time, characterful service and the added advantage of being just down the road from home, I’ll be back. Though not the smartest or cosiest of West Hampstead’s cafés, David’s Deli certainly holds its own on the food front and is a must-visit for locals.
David’s Deli, 341 West End Lane, West Hampstead, NW6 1RS
Rafa (7 months old)contentment: 9/10 (he slept for most of the time!)