There was a lot of excitement when news came out earlier this year that New York’s The Halal Guys is setting up shop here. The opening was pushed back a couple of times, but they finally opened in mid-October at the SM Mega Food Hall in SM Megamall. We decided it wasn’t in our best interest to check it out then because the lines were reportedly long and we have no patience for that sort of thing. So we went earlier this month instead. However, we were still met with a considerable line. We stayed anyway.
We ordered a small chicken over rice (P239), falafel over rice (P199), and hummus (P189) for the pita bread that comes with the rice platters.
Unfortunately, we weren’t very happy with the food. The chicken was a handful of dry, stringy pieces, and the falafel was just as dry, plucked from a tray of premade falafel. Not that I was expecting everything to be made fresh to order, only that the falafel should be at least warm. The pita bread was unusually thick an, again, not even warm. The Halal Guys is supposed to be beloved in New York City, drawing long lines of people, but given what we ate that day, we weren’t sure why. We hope they were just having an off day when we went.