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.
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)
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.
- Website: http://www.themeatballcompanybj.com/
Kristen Lum has an accomplished background in PR, communications and events in China. Born and raised in California, Kristen has been based in Beijing since 2006 and is founder of the lifestyle blog called LumDimSum, covering mostly restaurant news and reviews alongside upcoming events around town that relate to Beijing’s muti-faceted, quickly-developing creative industries like art, music, film, health and fitness, fashion, nightlife, charity events, and travel tips.