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London Foodie Update: It's All About Balls

21/08/2015 14:00 BST | Updated 20/08/2016 10:59 BST

Burgers? So 2012.

Mac & Cheese? 2014 for sure.

Ramen? Just don't even get me started...

So what's the latest in the London foodie scene of single-item restaurants? BALLS. Yes, you heard me right. But not just any balls... we're talking super-cheffy gourmet balls made from fine ingredients, and served with delicious accompaniments. Welcome to buzzing Soho restaurant: Balls & Company.

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The simple menu offers five types of balls: pork, wagyu beef, chicken, salmon and quinoa. There's more complexity than that though - for example, the pork was mixed with ricotta, parmesan, pine nuts, basil and sage.

Then comes the tricky part - what to top your balls with! Choices range from classic tomato to pesto to béchamel and a delicious romesco. To complete the meal there is a standard selection of sides (chips, mash, salads) and a small specials menu.

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We ordered 3 lots of balls (each with a different sauce), some mash, market greens and I couldn't resist but try the spiced aubergine, pomegranate, and ricotta special.

What a beautiful feast appeared! Each order of balls came served in a small frying pan. They looked sophisticated and delicate, each topped with an appealing garnish. This was way beyond any platter of Ikea meatballs!

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The wagyu beef was delicious and tender, packed with flavour, and topped with a rich romesco sauce. The pork topped with classic tomato was a winning combination. The quinoa, beetroot and feta balls were covered in a flavour-packed pesto and fresh herbs. The beetroot coloured them a bright pink, and although the texture was grainy, if you like quinoa usually (I've never been a fan), I'm sure you'd like these. Vegetarians will not go hungry here!

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The aubergine salad was tasty. Crunchy seeds and pomegranate complemented the softer textures of the cheese and aubergine. There was also a beautiful spice to the dish. The mash was a bowl of comfort... like a big hug! One of my friends said that if they served take away he would be back to order two portions at lunchtime!

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I wasn't able to squeeze in any dessert, but I was glad a friend did... just so we could find out what Persian fairy floss was! It was one of the components of the chocolate brownie dessert - and soon earned the nickname 'the Boris Johnson of desserts'! Similar to candy floss, but with the strand-like texture of a ball of blonde hair - what fun!

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So 12 balls, 3 sides and a dessert later, it was time to leave Balls & Company, much to the delight of the queue that had formed outside (it's another of those 'no reservations' places).

So who's behind the balls? Bonny Porter - an inspirational chef from Australia who has been deaf for most of her life. She made a name for herself after reaching the Australian Masterchef final. If Balls & Company is anything to go by, I look forward to seeing what she does next...

I visited Balls & Company in August 2015. A meal for 3 (with wine) cost around £60. Find out more about Balls & Company here.

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