Ball Quest!

Since late in 2016, we’ve seen a marked increase in balls. Rarely a meal goes by when a ball, bonbonbonbon, croquette, bite or nugget doesn’t make some appearance on the plate. So, we thought we’d establish a feature page to capture some of the hottest balls of the moment.

Mac n cheese balls

Forage & Chatter – puff puffs
These deep-fried bread doughnuts are simply fantastic and are currently our favourite balls.

Clark & Lake – meatballs
These were the softest, most flavour-packed meatballs we’ve sampled in the city. As you will see further down the list, Clark & Lake offers one of the city’s hottest ball menus so you must visit soon.

The Table – fizzy apple ball
At our most recent visit in to The Table, in January 2017, one of the many highlights was the fizzy apple ball with the dessert. It was the most tingly ball we’ve had of late.

Purslane – goat’s cheese ball
The goat’s cheese ball we had on a recent repeat visit to Purslane was simply outstanding.


Duck in a Bun – bearnaise ball
An explosive flavour-bomb of saucy goodness at the heart of a great new street food delicacy.

Field – IPA braised short rib tortellino
A hearty stuffed pasta ball, this featured meat of profound and deeply satisfying flavour.

Clark & Lake – deep fried anchovy stuffed olives
Anchovies are not for everyone which is great news as it means there’s more of these delicious little blighters for me.

Piatto Verde – polpette
Delicious meatballs from one of the city’s best Italian eateries.

Wildmanwood – goat’s cheese stuffed olives
Again, these are likely to divide opinion, if these are your thing you are likely to develop a strong desire to over-consume them in vast quantities.

Otro – smoked mackerel rillettes
Delicious oily fish balls, these stylish rillettes (balls) were an extremely good dish at a great new restaurant.

Alplings – Alplings
These Tirolean bread dumplings are consistently among the hottest balls in the city.

Harajuku Kitchen – takoyaki
Really excellent octopus ball goodness.

Domenico’s – arancini
Long-time Lunchquest favourite Domenico’s serve some splendid arancini.

Bruadair – haggis balls
Served in a satisfying balsamic sauce, these haggis balls light, crisp and lovely.

Wylam Brewery Tap – duck balls
The duck and spelt croquettes (balls) were the ideal accompaniment to Wylam’s tasty selection of beers.

Strumpets – breakfast muffin ball
Replete with all the breakfast goodness, this savoury muffin treat is guaranteed to set you up for the day ahead. Extreme tummy satisfaction.

Fresh Revolution – mac n cheese balls
With excellent crunch encasing oozily cheesy goodness, these were outstanding street food balls.

Pizzeria 1926 – meatballs
These delicious aromatic balls were a very tasty topping to a satisfying pizza.

Butchershop – black pudding scotch egg
A top quality scotch egg from a really impressive steak restaurant.

Smokin’ Bros – macaroni cheese balls
These balls really hit the spot.

The Lantern Room – haggis balls
Rolled in oats, these were some of the best haggis balls I’ve encountered.

Roti – panipuri
These lightly crisp balls filled with chickpea and potato mix then topped with spiced water are a Lunchquest favourite so it was good to rediscover them on a recent visit to newly opened Roti.


Wildmanwood – arancini
These classic Italian rice balls were delivered to a really good standard as part of Wildmanwood’s expanded menu.