“Worst kebab in my life so far...”. These words come from an online review of old town kebab joint Balli, and were written not by me, but by Gunnar. I don’t know who Gunnar is, but for my own amusement I'll pretend that it’s Gunnar Hansen, more famously known as Leatherface. And if you’ve seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you’ll know that he pretty much invented the kebab. So who better than Leatherface to settle such matters?
”if the sun is rising, you're shitfaced and about to embark on that lonely walk home from the club”
I must admit that this online review intrigued me; it tickled me in a masochistic kind of way. There is something about really shitty food that you will not experience any other way. Therefore, Balli left me a bit disappointed. While not fantastic by any means, there is also nothing wrong with the stuff you get here. I tried the durum kebab with mixed chicken/beef and garlic sauce, and it was perfectly edible. Especially if the sun is rising, you're shitfaced and about to embark on that lonely walk home from the club, this durum is a good friend. Not as good was the falafel plate with fries, veggies and sauce, which was very standard. You only get five flat pieces of falafel the size of 2 euro coins, which felt a bit skimpy. And why has all Riga kebabers failed to realize that peperoncini is obligatory together with kebab and falafel?
Apart from the food, Balli is exactly what you would expect: ugly, cheap and hot (get ready to sweat!).
So. Gunnar, you the man. But I can't fully agree with you on this one. Please don't tell grandpa.
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