Asala Halal Food

Run by an Austrian-Egyptian family, Asala is an Egyptian takeout on Alser Straße (District 9), across from the University of Vienna campus. Everything is made to order – no stale discs of falafel here. My go-to is the shawarma and the askala iskandrani (roasted bits of beef liver with crunchy greens), but the vegetarian stuff is also excellent, such as the foul mudammas made with slow-simmered fava beans. Being a halal establishment means they serve no alcohol, but refreshing ayran and soft drinks are available. Things can get busy at midday when students from the campus mob the place, so try going outside of peak lunch hours.

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