Eat These Bad@$$ Hipster Balls by The Meatball Company
Located in the Gulou area, next to 4Corners, The Meatball Company is tucked away in a small shopfront on Dashibei Hutong.
The entire concept is based around ball shaped foods and puns abound on the menu and in the space itself. Thankfully, despite the simple concept, it is carried off with aplomb and well worth a visit if you are in the area. This is not merely a toothless hipster project.
LDS Snapshots of The MeatBall Company:
The menu has 4 main meatball choices: chicken, pork, beef and vegetarian and these can all be done in a skillet or sub, accompanied by one of 4 sauces – pesto, mushroom, tomato or a monthly mystery option. *Note that their beef has some pork in it for “extra juiciness” so let them know in advance if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
No-Fuss Balls Menu
Sides can be added on for 20RMB or 25RMB for the mac and cheese balls. There are a couple of drink options and then the cookie balls for dessert. Done.
We went for the skillet with beef and tomato sauce and another skillet with pork and pesto along with seasonal grilled veggies and buttery mashed potato sides. It is great comfort food. The sauces are fresh and accentuate the flavors nicely. The balls are juicy and satisfying (insert inuendo here), and the sides are generously portioned. The potato was a little dry on its own, but goes down well with the sauce.
Classic Beef + Tomato Balls Skillet Style (RMB 40)
Pretty Bangin’ Pork + Pesto Balls Skillet Style (RMB 40)
The dessert is sweet, rich and gooey and you should definitely pay the RMB 5 extra for a generous scoop of ice cream. Really, they should just tack on the additional RMB 5 to the dessert and make the ice cream a required topping for this chocolate because it wouldn’t have been as good without it. More than the sum of it’s parts.
3 Ooey, Gooey Cookie Balls A La Mode (RMB 20 + 5 for the ice cream)
For the bargain hunters, look up their half price Wednesday deals, save money by rating them on Dianping.com or try out their Baller brunch, done in tandem with Rager Pie.
Baller Brunch Menu with Rager Pie!
To top it all off, you can purchase their in-house Ladle and Spice sauces to cook at home. There are currently 3 sauces on offer – Hot as Balls, Chunky Tomato and OG Spice Blend, all 3 sauces designed so that you can “kick ass in your kitchen”.
“The Ladle & Spice Collection product line is for those who like to cook like a boss. Take control of what you eat without any nasty preservatives or over doses of sodium.” – Website here.
Love the loud, strong, American ‘tude. Photos of two out of three sauces below.
HOT AS BALLS: We bring the Sichuan heat with our signature hot sauce. Side effect might include extreme sweating, blurred vision and an extreme urge to scream “DAMNNN, THIS IS HOT AS BALLS!”
“CHUNKY TOMATO is like another meal on top of you meal, drench your pasta, meatballs, or whatever the f*ck you want with this chunky goodness”
The three sauces are not only available at this storefront, you can also purchase them from the following locations:
Concertino’s: South Jiaodaokou crossing Juer Alley #4
Chez Gerard: 40 Jianchang Hutong/ 东城区箭厂胡同40号
The Baller Pad: 27 Dashibei Hutong / 西城区大石碑胡同27号
And the best part – once you’re ready to go, you can pay for the whole thing using WeChat wallet. The joys of modern technology!
The Meatball Company Contact Details:
Address: 27 Dashibei Hutong Xicheng district, 西城区大石碑胡同27号
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm/Sunday11:30am-9:00pm.