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.
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|