The exact origin of falafel is unknown, but the deep-fried balls of ground chickpeas (and sometimes fava beans) are held dear by a large chunk of the Middle East, including Syria, Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. We can see why. Apart from being high in fibre and protein, they're downright delicious. Add pita, some salad and a generous dollop of tahini for maximum satisfaction.

Very Good Falafel

How many falafel shops run their own chickpea farm?

629 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Tahina

An Israeli spin on the old-school takeaway joint.

223 High St, Northcote

Tahini

Fast Lebanese takeaway from the man behind Code Black Coffee.

518 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Miznon

Falafel burgers and whole roasted cauliflower from one of Israel's most famous chefs.

59 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

Half Moon Cafe

Egyptian falafel and a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere.

13 Victoria Street, Coburg

Tavlin

Six for $5. Bargain.

678 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield

New Jaffa

Go a falafel pita comes stuffed with tahini, pickled green chilli and parsley.

32 Stanley Street, Collingwood

Bekka

Not just chickpeas, not just broad beans, but a mix of both.

22 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds

A1 Bakery

A Sydney Road staple founded in 1992.

643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Abla's

Falafel and other Lebanese classics since 1979.

109 Elgin Street, Carlton

Oasis Bakery

Eat in, or take home.

9/993 North Road, Murrumbeena

Just Falafs

The food matches the quality of the pun.

207 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North

Téta Mona

Cheap, cheerful, delicious.

100A Lygon Street, Brunswick East