THE GRUB: Diners can choose from five different types of balls: beef and ricotta with tomato sauce; Greek lamb with cucumber and yoghurt sauce; chicken with lemon sauce; vegetarian courgette balls with a curry sauce; and pork and rosemary with
a parmesan cream sauce. The meat is paired with sides that include mashed potato, spaghetti and pearl barley risotto. My lamb balls teamed with pasta are tasty and satisfying, perfect comfort food for the impending chilly nights. Desserts continue in the all-American vein: think Aunty Joyce’s egg custard and lemon posset with shortbread. My dessert, chocolate brownie ice-cream sandwich, is a sizeable treat
BEHIND THE BAR: As well as a good selection of wines and beers, there’s a smattering of classy cocktails that includes the refreshing Blueberry Gin & Tonic (£5.95) and the Spa Fields Special (£5.95), which blends absinthe, cognac lemon and lime juices topped with prosecco. Off the booze? Plump for a gloriously thick and frothy malted milkshake (flavours include peanut butter and chocolate) for £4.25.
BILL PLEASE: A portion of three meatballs is £3.95 with any “bonus balls” costing an extra £1; side orders from £2.25; and dessert from £3.95.
VERDICT: If you like your grub simple and hearty, this is a great spot to munch meatballs in a classic Victorian dining room. It’ll probably be more of a hit with lunching workers and groups rather than couples on a hot date.
2-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3E
Words: Janine Kelso