Can you hear your arteries clogging just looking at it?
The picture somewhat explains the name - AfterBirth. Though it has been given nicer names, AB is what stuck - the way it'll stick to your thighs! But don't dwell on that, and don't think about it while you're eating. Close your eyes and focus on that garlicy, fatty deliciousness. Savour the joy.
The Falafel House AB will set you back $13, which is a standard price, and you'd have to pay it for a lesser AB. At first, I wasn't sure about the place. I stumbled across it by accident when I was staying on Hindley St to play a sporting tournament. I had to leave my team, who were happily eating at a nearby pub, to look for gluten free options. Falafel House looks like a standard take away/fast food deli, of the dodgy variety (it is Hindley Street after all), and it was quiet when I went in, after 8pm on a Tuesday. But, having tried a few other yiros places along the street, I figured it couldn't be worse than the other ABs I'd had, which had all filled my needs for greasy calories but had not been worth writing home about.
So, what sets this AB apart? There are multiple factors. Firstly, size matters. Its carton is the size of a small pizza box, but twice as deep. I did my best but couldn't get through it on my own, so I took the rest back to the team - easy automatic friendship points right there!
Next, it's the cheese sitting under the generous garlic sauce. It melts into the meat and adds that extra layer of fatty delight. You can choose what sauces you want, and I went for the simple garlic. It's my favourite, and I like to keep things simple. No BBQ sauce for me - I'm watching my sugar. (And clearly the noble AB is the most health-conscious of foods!)
Now let's talk meat. A whole lot of meat. It is flavoursome and JUICY. Too often I find yiros meat dry, but not here, even without the extra garlic sauce.
Lastly but certainly not least is its perfect foundation of chips. They were freshly cooked to the ideal crispiness outside, fluffiness inside, with a light Moroccan seasoning. They add delicious extra flavour, and oh, a hot crispy chip to pile some tasty meat, cheese and sauce onto? Heavenly.
I went back twice over the remaining nights, and each time it was just as good. Next time I'm on Hindley Street - or for that matter, in the state - I'll be here, getting a much needed AB fix.