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Curveball (Bar, Restaurant)

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16 Hildreth Street, Balham, London, SW12 9RQ
Cuisine: Meat
Tel: 020 8772 9044 | Email to Curveball | Transport: Balham | Write review

Curveball Review

Top 10 things to know about Curveball:

1) Despite residing in the most exciting city in the world, you often find yourself daydreaming of exotic discoveries in far-flung places. In deepest South London, this compact and cosy restaurant is recreating all your travel hopes and desires.

2) Jamie Cullum’s music dances from the speakers. Potted succulents hang from the ceiling. High stools, concrete floors and former school desks fashion a bijou space for the Oliver Bonas generation. Switch off, tune out, and set up your mind’s internal messaging to out of office.

3) Nearly every country in the world has their own interpretation of the traditional meatball; a visit to Curveball restaurant (and bar) in Balham enables you to taste a smorgasbord of worldly flavour; spice and texture; surprise and escapism.

4) Arrive early to order the Spanish chorizo Bomba balls, or the chicken and Gorgonzola Chick Chick Boom balls, both so popular they sell out. Otherwise, tease the sun-worshipping brunchers on the other side of trendy Hildreth Street, filled with jealousy, as they watch you wolf down Korean-spiced K-Pop beef balls with kimchi and chipotle, or Middle Eastern lamb and harissa balls that would have Ottolenghi crying, “Eureka!”

5) These are your sharing options, so play nice. Alternatively, eschew the small plates and go BIG with the ultimate solo act, Tony Soprano: classic beef and pork balls with ragu and cheeses.

6) Vegetarians can also find joy in the meatball format. The lentil, ricotta and oregano Veggie Tony Soprano, or the Nondo’s Portuguese piri-piri sweet potato and fennel balls keep proceedings balanced and healthy.

7) A top tip: there are hidden secrets to uncover at Curveball that are not immediately obvious, or spherical. The meatballs are merely an amuse bouche. The basement cocktail bar is as inventive as its sister kitchen upstairs. Weird infusions are concocted here, such as popcorn and rum drinks, or a beetroot juice matched with star anise, Szechuan pepper and egg white to mask the madness of tequila. And only for £7.50!

8) There’s also a brief range of hyper-local London beers, such as the Balham Black, if you defy the erudite and jovial recommendation from the waitress to add a whack of gin to your elderflower, mint and cucumber “soft drink”.

9) Also, inexpensive wine, as long as you only drink sauvignon blanc or cava.

10) Traverse the globe, intrepid globetrotter! Send your taste buds on a road trip reverie. Balls to the whole shebang!
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