Restaurants, Creative contemporary Saint-Ambroise
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If you're looking for a simple culinary concept well executed, come to Balls, the canteen that makes a great ballyhoo about blob-shaped food. Every dish served here is small and spherical, yet the chefs get an impressive amount of mileage out of the traditional meatball. You're presented with five recipes: beef (with persil and onion), chicken (estragon and lemon), lamb (coriander, cumin and pine kernels), pork (fennel and paprika) and veggie (aubergine and chick peas). You take your pick, you choose between yoghurt and tomato garnishes, your order is taken, and your meal arrives before you can say 'bollocks'. It's all straightforward and winningly efficient. Expect to pay €8 for a selection of meatballs, or €13 for a set menu (which includes a drink and a side) – not exactly cheap, but nothing to lose your marbles over.

A final treat: by night, the venue doubles up as an attractive bar, to which locals repair for cocktails, wine and – yes – more meatballs. We're fans.



Venue name: Balls
Address: 47 rue Saint-Maur

Opening hours: Tue-Fri noon-2pm and 8-11pm, Sat 8-11pm
Transport: Métro : Saint-Ambroise, Rue Saint-Maur ou Père Lachaise
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If you love balls (for those of you with a dirty mind, i'm referring to meatballs of course! ;)), then you will love this restaurant. They have a great selection of various meat and veggie balls (the pork,ricotta and spinach balls with yogurt sauce are my favorite!!) and amazing side dishes such as creamy risotto or lentil salad. The room is tastefully decorated and chill and they often have a great playlist with hip-hop tracks! The owners are super friendly too!