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By JON DEAN
Monday, March 26, 2012
The name of this Farringdon eatery gives a healthy clue as to the contents of the kitchen.
Meatballs at The Quality Chop House, 92-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA Tel: 020 3490 6228, web: www.meatballs.co.uk
Mains from: £4.45
Wine from: £14.25 a bottle
Children welcome: Yes
Disabled access: Yes, but no toilet
Meatballs is housed in a fantastically retro Grade II listed venue complete with wooden pews, hanging lamps and black and white checked tiles.
It used to be a working chop house dating back to the 1870s and the Victorian décor certainly adds to the atmosphere.
The menu is short and to the point and lends itself well to a quick bite rather than a three- course banquet.
All balls are served in batches of three, then you order some carbohydrates to go underneath and sides as required.
There is a very well stocked bar – the cocktails looked great and the Merlot we had came at a nice temperature with a peppery, moreish taste.
Meatball wise, there is quite a range and the guest balls change regularly.
We chose the beef and ricotta, which came in a rich bolognaise sauce; the chicken, served with a tangy caper and lemon sauce, and the Greek lamb balls in a yoghurt sauce, all of which were meaty and satisfying.
On the side, our creamed spinach was a treat, the peas tasty and the chicken and bacon salad very pleasant.
Our food came out in record time as well, making Meatballs a great choice for a tasty, quick, reasonably priced meal.