Šašliki Mangaļos is a restaurant near Mežaparks in Riga. Nothing has changed in its interior since it was opened, at least that’s what it looks like. One will find a pure authentic shashlik bar, like during Soviet times, near the highways where visitors from Caucasus grilled their best recipes. Locals know the terrifying stories about such places so I usually wouldn’t let myself eat there.
This is a different case. A friend told me about this place during a bachelor party with the words – “the place is legendary with the shashliks they serve!”
True! The food here is by all means fantastic.
This is how they operate – you go to the counter and choose the meat (chicken, pork, lamb), then select something from the side dishes (cucumber, tomato, pickles, onion), take some lavash, take some sauce and some beer or tarkhun. Grab an authentic Soviet aluminum fork, look for an empty table (it is no surprise that Šašliki can be quite full from time to time) and wait for your freshly grilled and juicy shashlik. Don’t be too relaxed because the meat is placed on the counter and you will have to bring it to your table yourself.
This is the deal here – one will get a fantastic shashlik in an authentic Soviet interior away from tourist attractions.