I often find myself running around Soho for various meetings and whatnot, and I’m lucky that I have a few dear pals who work in the area, who can skip out of their offices and come and meet me on their lunch breaks…
I am therefore always on the hunt for new spots for lunch in Soho, and love hearing about new cafes that have popped up (and always sad to hear when one has popped down).
I hadn’t ever visited Balls & Company, even though I’d seen it sitting happily on Greek Street for a number of years. So a couple of days ago, I grabbed Chloé (another long time Soho-er and never-been-to-Balls & Company-er) and we hopped over there for lunch and a chatter.
The ‘balls’ on the sign, is nothing to do with the name of the owner – they are meatball specialists. They serve up gourmet balls of all descriptions – some with meat, some without, and all very, very delicious.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this all sounds a bit gimmicky, but I can assure you that this is in no way a flash in the pan (boom!) trend to catch a wave – Balls & Company is a proper restaurant, with a proper chef/owner, who was a finalist in Australian Masterchef in 2012 – Bonny Porter. And the balls and the sauces they come with are blimmin lovely.
The ground-floor dining room is small but perfectly formed, and there’s also a bar downstairs where you can meet a pal for wine or cocktails….
They don’t just serve balls though, there is also an array of generous side dishes (the ‘company’) including the enormous polenta chips with rosemary salt and aoili, and asparagus with quail eggs…
We guzzled and nattered for around an hour, before Chloé had to return to the office and I had to whizz off to Marylebone for another appointment…
It was such a pleasant way to dine – lunch can sometimes be hectic and rushed, but the restaurant was peaceful and calm. I love sharing plates – it always makes me feel a little bit like I’m on holiday, and this was no exception, especially with the sun appearing through the clouds and the temperature rising outside…
Thank you Balls & Company for a delicious lunch!
I’ll be back. (In a totally un-terminator fashion).
Balls & Company
58 Greek St, London
We were guests of Balls & Company and all thoughts and opinions are my own.