Shuki and Louisa to open Very Good Falafel in Brunswick

Louisa Allan and Shuki Rosenboim are to open Very Good Falafel in  Brunswick in May.
Louisa Allan and Shuki Rosenboim are to open Very Good Falafel in Brunswick in May.  Photo: Penny Stephens

After three years hawking their dips, sauces and falafel wraps at Melbourne's farmers' markets, pals Shuki Rosenboim​ and Louisa Allan – Shuki and Louisa – are set to open a falafel bar called Very Good Falafel in Sydney Road, Brunswick in the first week of May.

Louisa's dad, Graham, is a farmer who grows chickpeas at Wycheproof in the Mallee; Shuki's mum, Tikva, moved from Baghdad to Israel in the 1950s. When Shuki and Louisa met a few years back in a Brunswick share house, there could only be one result: hummus.

Their falafel are Israeli-Iraqi style, Louisa explains, made from chickpeas and fresh herbs and served in spongy pita pockets from Vinuage Bakery in Moorabbin: "Though I can't give away our secret ingredient!"

Louisa Allan and Shuki Rosenboim at the Melbourne University farmers' market, where their falafels are in high demand.
Louisa Allan and Shuki Rosenboim at the Melbourne University farmers' market, where their falafels are in high demand. Photo: Penny Stephens

Also on the menu at the 20-seat shop will be sabih – another Israeli-Iraqi pocket, of fried eggplant, potato, hummus and chilli – and daily salads (think eggplant, freekeh and caramelised onion; or harissa-spiced roast potato).

While Shuki and Louisa make a bit of a dent in her dad's chickpea crop, most are dried for export: "There's a big market in Bangladesh," says Louisa. Expect demand to soar at 629 Sydney Road (near the Brunswick IGA) soon, too.