Lunch at Balls & Glory
Happy New Year! How did you celebrate it? Do you have a long list of resolutions for 2013 ? Well I have something you might want to put on your 2013 to-do list.
Chef Wim Ballieu is known in Flanders for his television baking show where he shows us how to create those delicious pastries. Between preparing his baking recipes and serving fine dishes at events, he also managed to start a great pop-up lunchresto during the summer of 2012. Because I was on Erasmus I couldn’t try it out earlier but better late than never right?
While I was away I kept on seeing these instagrams and tweets about Balls & Glory. A meatball filled with something delicious served with a salad or mashed potatoes with vegetables. There even were smaller variations for events. That’s why I had to put “lunch at Balls & Glory” on my to-do list. So as soon as I got back from Denmark, I took the train to Ghent and tried Wim’s lunchmenu.
I’m a strong believer of good client service. The food might be good but if the service is bad your experience is kinda ruined. That’s why I have to give a big thumbs up to Wim and his team. They welcome you when you enter the store and try to help you as soon as possible. Wim or another team member explains the concept and asks you what you want to order. Everybody is seated at a long table and you don’t have to wait ages for your lunch to be ready. Because it’s not a restaurant where you go to have a 5 course meal, it’s a lunchresto. You’re not in the mood for a sandwich but you don’t have the time to go out for hours, well Balls & Glory is the best solution.
As you can see on the photo. The menu is quite self-explanatory. They only serve meatballs. This handcrafted meatball is stuffed with a tasteful filling and baked in the oven. I tried one with mustard and chicory (witloof in Dutch). They served it with two mouthwatering sauces. Another plus side is the price, for €12 you have a warm and delicious lunch. Choose a salad if you’re not that hungry because the mashed potatoes are really tasteful but it’s quite a lot. To finish your meal you can have a nice cup of speciality coffee by Café Labath. This deserves a +1 in my opinion. Vegetarians, fear not, they also serve a vegetarian variation.
Besides the lunchmenu they also sell these meatballs to take home with you. You can heat them up yourself and surprise your guests with an original dish. They even sell the delicious sauces in jars so the Balls & Glory taste experience is complete. If you are really in the mood for Wim’s lunchmenu but you don’t have the time to stay, you can always go for the take-away option.
I must recommend this lunchresto if are you planning to visit Ghent or if you work/live there. You won’t lose too much time and you will still have a healthy lunch for a good price. Meatballs always have a greasy ring to them but these ones aren’t because they are made in the oven. Besides that Wim is a very friendly person so don’t hesitate to ask him a question because he will gladly tell the story of Balls & Glory.
More stories to come soon,
Balls & Glory
Open on weekdays between 10 – 15h.
+32 486 67 87 76