When The Bahji Shop on Ball Street closed a few months back, the residents of Kelham Island were left wondering what would come to step into the shoes of this neighbourhood favourite. However, we needn’t have worried as Graffiti has definitely stepped up to the plate. Marketing itself as a cocktail and Thai street food bar with a very insta friendly interior, Graffiti is definitely a welcome addition to the area. With no website and little information on their Facebook page, I was intrigued to see what this place was all about.
Mood and Decor
photo from Grafitti Facebook page
I went on a very busy Saturday night, the place was buzzing and had a great vibe. However the rush of punters seemed to have caught the new bar by surprise as there was a clear lack of staff. After shipping in an extra pair of hands from their next door bar (Kelham Island Wine Bar) we were shown to our able. Even though the space was super busy we were offered table service, which isn’t normally the way things worked, but it saved us queuing half an hour to order our food.
Once we took our seats in a cosy booth with a bottle of white, we could really appreciate the decor. Plenty of wall art, a miss match of furniture and a swing with a background of flowers, it is clear that a lot of effort has been put in to the style of the bar to make it modern and vibrant. The string lights kept it warm, giving it a homey feel.
It was dark so couldn’t get a great pic. Veg Pad Thai. the other photos are taken from the Graffiti Facebook page
Now onto the food. The menu is small but well thought out. You can choose from Ramen, Pad Thai or Katsu curry with your choice of meat, fish or vegetables for each. These can be accompanied by one of the delicious side dishes. We had the fried (both thai seasoned and black pepper) and some vegetable gyozas. The tapas style sides can also be mixed and matched to form a meal.
I had the vegetable pad thai, which was absolutely delicious. Perfectly seasoned stir fried noodles were served along side a crispy fried egg, fresh vegetables and peanuts. My family also tried the katsu curry which looked delicious and definitely went down a treat.
The chips were ‘shoestring’ fries being super crunchy but not greasy at all. The seasonings added a bit of spice but I would definitely suggest getting some to accompany your meal. Carbs on carbs is always a winner!
I could not fault the food here. I really want to go back and try their bao buns which are served in a bamboo steamer and looked incredible. The food was presented perfectly, even though the place was packed. It was obvious that time and care had been taken with the preparation.
Graffiti is not the cheapest place around with mains costing £10, gyozas were £6 for 4 and sides from about £3.50 but the quality really shines through and it is a great place to take friends and family.
I would definitely return here, probably in the week when it’s a bit quieter! I have yet to sample the cocktails and I plan of trying everything on the menu. Graffiti is a fab addition to Kelham Island and is hopefully going to stick around for a while.