So after our lovely afternoon in Balboa Park, YanYan and I went to get food. (Obviously.) There’s this place not too far from Balboa Park called The Kebab Shop, which I stumbled upon via Yelp and since we couldn’t pass up on some amazing ratings, we decided to stop by here for a quick dinner.
I ordered the Döner kebab, and I picked falafel as my fill. It’s wrapped in a flatbread, and filled with a salad mix, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and your choice of sauce. The flatbread was more like a tortilla, but paired well with the falafel/salad. Since they’re known for their garlic yogurt sauce and I read a ton of reviews about this sauce, I ordered mine on the side. And a side of fries, because I couldn’t pass up on that either.
Loved the falafel! I usually don’t eat falafel since I don’t know how to make it and also just never have the chance to go to any restaurants that serve this (although dining halls on campus used to serve this a while back on meatless Mondays), but I thought that the falafel was seasoned well and had a nice crispy bite to it. And the garlic yogurt sauce? Well, if you already know how much I LOVE garlic then you should also know anything with garlic is usually Joleen-approved.
YanYan ordered the beef rotisserie plate, which comes with a choice of 1 hot side and a salad. This is saffron rice, which is definitely one of the more popular options. It’s almost like you’re eating a scoop of gold-saffron is expensive! I had an internship at a local cooking studio, and the owner showed me her stash of spices with specially-imported saffron stored in a teeny little jar. And she said apparently that jar had a couple thousand dollars worth of saffron. Say what!?
Juicy beef, flavorful rice, and a fresh salad just go so beautifully together.
The Kebab Shop
303 W Beech St.
San Diego, CA 92101