Hoera voor BALLEKES on BRUZZ

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Tegenover de mondiale arrogantie van de hamburger plaatsen gehaktballen een typisch Belgische levenskunst. Na Wim Ballieu brengt nu Ballekes er een verleidelijke versie van aan de man.

Gehaktballen vormen een belangrijk deel van ons culinaire erfgoed. Wie heeft er nu geen herinneringen aan een zondagavond met de familie of een woensdagmiddag bij oma, waar je die geruststellende lekkernijen verorberde met tomatensaus, als een smakelijke dam die je even van alle tegenspoed behoedt. De eerste die er het unieke potentieel van inzag en er intensief mee aan de slag ging, was Wim Ballieu. De man opent op dit moment overigens een nieuwe plek, aan de Beurs, gewijd aan zijn beroemde gevulde versie van deze specialiteit. Maar Ballieu is niet langer de enige die in dit gat in de markt is gesprongen. Vanaf nu heeft Balls & Glory af te rekenen met de concurrentie van Ballekes, een nieuwe plek die zich tussen de muren van het vroegere Si Si Si heeft genesteld.

Het decor is functioneel: meubels in blank hout, donkere muren en grote verlichte letters die een urban sfeertje rond chique fastfood installeren.

De keuze voor een heel efficiënte formule is een schot in de roos: aan de toonbank bestel je het type balletjes – varkens- en rundvlees, kip of vegetarisch –, de stijl – in een klein ovenschoteltje van Staub overgoten met saus (van konijn, krieken, tomaten…), in een baguette of een salade – en, tot slot, de garnituur – frietjes, witloof met mayonaise… – en enkele minuten later krijg je je bestelling voorgezet op een houten plankje.

Wij gingen voor de vegetarische optie met frietjes en een salade (€12,50). Een aangename verrassing. De ballekes, bereid met quinoa, kikkererwten, stukjes olijven en tomaat, hadden veel smaak en textuur. Die werden nog versterkt door de saus van Chimay Bleue en in kruiden gekaramelliseerd witloof dat aan het geheel een smaak gaf die je in de tijd terugkatapulteert. De frietjes, tot slot, waren uitmuntend: dik gesneden en knapperig.

Link to full article: http://www.bruzz.be/nl/eat-drink/resto-ballekes-hoera-voor-ballekes

BALLEKES with BBP limited edition sauces @ Good Beer Feast in Brussels

We have the pleasure to announce that we will be serving Belgian meatballs at the Good Beer Feast on Saturday September 3rd on Place Sainte-Catherine. For this very special event, we have created two limited edition sauces with two Brussels Beer Project Beers: The Babylone (with caramelizd endives) and the Dark Sister (with Sirop de Liége). Yessssssss just for you 😉 Enjoy !

More info:

Small Breweries – Big Beers ! It’ll be Brussels Beer Project (BBP) 1 year anniversary since they brew at their brewery in Dansaert, Brussels and BBP will welcome 13 craft breweries from all over Europe & beyond for this celebration! They come from all over: from London to Barcelona, from Rotterdam to Kyoto, from Paris to Berlin, from Brussels to Trondheim! Come & join the fun!

Date: Saturday September, 3rd from 2pm to 10pm 

Location: Sainte-Catherine – Quai aux Briques 38, 1000 Brussels

Participating breweries:

Anspach & Hobday (UK), Austmann (NO), Brussels Beer Project (BE), De Molen (NL), La Goutte d’Or (FR), Hof Ten Dormaal (BE), Kaapse (NL), Kyoto Brewing Company (JP), l’Ermitage (BE), Lervig (NO), La Pirata (SP), Stone Brewing (GE/USA),  ‘t Verzet (BE), Weird Beard (EN)

There’ll be also good music with the collaborative band Sysmo, improvised percussion music and dancing.

Finally, everyone is welcom at the brewery , located at Antoine Dansaert 188, as of 8.00am for an open brew and the release of Brussels Beer Project 1st barrel aged beer (800 bottles available)!

Website : www.beerproject.be

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/brusselsbeerproject/

Please vote for Ballekes for the Brussels Design Award 2016!

We were nominated for the Brussels Design September award.

You can help us by voting here : http://designseptember.be/commerce-design/ (votes will end on September 27th)

BALLEKES by Trends Shaker

We Tested Ballekes, The New HotSpot For Meatballs in Saint-Gilles

By Trends Shaker on Apr 19, 2016desktop_ballekes-cover

You said Meatballs? We tried out Ballekes, the new balsy place in Saint-Gilles.

If you are looking for a typical Belgian place to eat, Ballekes is the place to go to! This restaurant just opened over a week ago in Saint Gilles, and as you may guess by the name, serves delicious Belgian meatballs.

At the head of this oh so Belgian cuisine are Florence and Thibault, two meatball lovers who are real meatball experts. The recipes they use have been passed down to them by their grandma’s and their goal is to perpetuate the tradition with local ingredients.

We had the pleasure to test their menu and it was exquisite. We got to choose what kind of meat we wanted (pork/beef, chicken or veggie) and then added our favorite sauce ? Brusseleir, Rabbit, Marol, Trappist, Schroumpf or Kriek to the meatballs. Of course, we took fries as a side dish and dipped them is some yummy homemade mayonnaise.

It all comes served on a wooden board with each meatball in an individual cast iron pan. As for the finishing touch, everything from the table to the glasses is marked with a Ballekes stamp.

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Speaking of decoration, you immediately feel that someone put their heart into it. Florence imagined it all, from the wooden benches, to the giant LED illuminated letters and even the Manneken-Pis inspired wallpaper. Light comes pouring into the restaurant through two big windows and the black and golden scheme gives a posh finishing touch to the place.

We will definitely come back to eat their delicious Ballekes again and have a taste of their other sauces.

You will find more information on their website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Address: Chaussée de Charleroi 174, 1060 Brussels

ABOUT Trends Shaker

Trends Shaker blog is the result of a decisively innovative collaboration between the lifestyle expertise of Mélanie Dewulf & Julien Coppola a well renowned social media & web technology consultant.

Our goal is to become an open and collaborative platform of selected subject matter experts which will contribute their passion for: home decoration, gif videos, international fashion etc.

While focusing on upcoming designers in all fields we want to trigger curiosity and open-mindedness in our readers and contributors.

www.trends-shaker.com

 

 

BALLEKES by Blog Blog Y a quelqu’un?

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Vendredi soir, nous avons testé Ballekes et je dois vous prévenir que cet article ne sera peut-être pas le plus objectif de la semaine !! D’abord parce que je suis une fan incontestée et incontestable de boulettes (on dit « meatball » quand on est cool) et c’est le produit que Ballekes a choisi de mettre en avant !! Je pourrais manger des boulettes midi et soir (pour le matin, non merci, quand même) ! Donc premier hiiiiiiiiiiiii d’hystérie en débarquant au resto vendredi. Second hiiiiiiiiiiiii, je passe la soirée avec deux amies chères qui ont le don d’enjoliver les soirées !! Bref, tous les ingrédients étaient au top pour que cette dégustation soit une réussite. Et ce qui devait arriver arriva : on a a-do-ré Ballekes !! Tout : la déco, la nourriture et le concept, tout je vous dis !!

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Bon, allez, malgré mon enthousiasme d’exaltée de la boulette, je vais essayer de vous faire une description un peu plus détaillée que « hiiiiiii » et même d’être un chouia critique. Ballekes est donc dans cette veine de resto centré autour d’un produit (ici, les boulettes, vous avez compris) et qui se trouve à la frontière entre le resto et le fast-food. Servi au comptoir donc et réception du repas sur un petit plateau (beaucoup plus chic que ceux du MacDo). Niveau repas, vous choisissez votre boulette (veggie, poulet ou porc/bœuf), votre sauce (tomate, lapin, kriek/cerise, trappiste/chicon,champignon crème) et votre accompagnement (genre des frites). Nous avons opté pour la formule menu qui propose de prendre deux boulettes, deux sauces et un accompagnement pour 13,50 euros. J’ai choisi une boulette poulet avec la sauce champignon crème (une tuerie intersidérale), une boulette porc/bœuf avec la sauce lapin (délicieuse) et des frites. Les frites sont correctes mais assez quelconques par contre réussite complète au niveau des boulettes et des sauces : pas grasses et pleines de goût. La présentation est sympa dans des petits caquelons et les portions sont très généreuses, j’aurais pu me contenter d’une seule boulette. Le soir où nous sommes allées, il y avait deux desserts : mousse au chocolat ou banofee (hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii). Chouette choix de boissons notamment de bières spéciales.

Le service est encore un peu balbutiant mais quoi de plus normal après deux jours d’ouverture. La déco est canon, tout à fait mon style et Ballekes se trouve à St Gilles, chaussée de Charleroi à la place de feu le Sisisi… Possible également de prendre à emporter…

Allez, à votre tour d’aller y faire hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. N’hésitez pas à y emmener vos minus, cet endroit a un haut potentiel minus friendly !!

ABOUT Blog Blog Y’a quelqu’un?

Blogueuse maman mais pas que d’un âge canonique. Bruxelloise de naissance et de cœur mais toujours avec une idée de vacances ou d’évasion dans la tête. Maman de deux minus à qui je tâche de ressembler le plus possible (et surtout pas l’inverse).

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BALLEKES by The Brusselsprouts

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The Belgians among you have grown to these round bites and maybe cherish grandma’s recipe as their heirloom. But Belgian or not, everybody enjoys a nice plate of meatballs! At BALLEKES, Florence and Thibault honour their grannies’ recipes and offer a variety of meatballs with other Belgian specialties like Fries, Beer and Chocolate. They use local ingredients when possible and work with local beer brewers such as Brussels Beer Project. So whether you’re feeling nostalgic of your childhood’s favorite dish or want to offer a real Belgian experience to a visiting friend, Ballekes is a great place to be. Basically, you follow these steps:

  1. Choose your ball type: veggie, chicken or beef&pork
  2. Choose your style: sauce in the pan, baguette or salad
  3. Pick your sides & extras: fries, sauces, croquettes…

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I have tried the 3 ball-varieties and have to say they’re all good. Juicy and tasty. The sauces are super nice too. Decadent and delicate at the same time. I particularly like the Brusseleir (tomato sauce) because it’s a classic and theirs is simple and perfect. I also have a soft spot for the trappist (trappist beer and chicons). And the fries… the fries are just the way I like them. Thick, crisp outside and soft inside. And if I can give you one last tip: try the truffle mayo (and be addicted forever).

To sum it up: at Ballekes, you get good and honest food for a reasonable price. Plus it’s a super cool Belgo-Belgian concept in a beautiful and bright space. So what are you waiting for? Come join the meatball revolution!

[ A surprise for you to come real soon… ]

 

Ballekes, Chaussée de Charleroi 174, 1060 Brussels, Open every day from 11.30-15h and 18-22h.

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ABOUT The Brusselsprouts

Anita was born in Paris, raised in Uruguay and is always dreaming of Formentera. She loves the often underappreciated city of Brussels that she calls home and is rumored to have a bad case of wanderlust. She likes a good glass of rosé and a girls’ night out. As much of a foodie as a music addict, she’ll give you tips on where to Eat & Drink, ideas for your trips and share her interviews with rad bands.

The Brusselsprouts is mainly about Food, Music and Travel and is centered on quality, design and awesomeness. If you want to make a collab or just get in touch, drop Anita an email!!

www.thebrusselsprouts.me

 

Our visual Identity

We have been thinking hard to create the best identity that will fit to our brand, our vision and our values. We wanted to keep it simple and at the same time we wanted our logos and pictos to be straight to the point.

Our logo is round just like a meatball. Our name “BALLEKES” means meatball in Belgium. We believe the name to be quite universal and can be easily pronounced in different languages. We use mainly 3 colours in our design : Black, Gold and White. We also made a serie of pictos representing the food that we serve and a few symbols of Belgium like the Manneken piss or the Atomium. Hope you will like it 🙂

Our graphic idenity was designed by Adrian Duchateau, a young graphic designer from Brussels. You can visit his website for more info : www.adrienduchateau.com

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BALLEKES UNDER CONSTRUCTION !

That’s it! After 4 months of hard work. We are pleased to announce the opening of BALLEKES.

Located on the corner of Jansson square in Saint-Gilles at the intersection of many lively neighbourhoods : Chatelaîn, Avenue Lousie, Parvis Saint-Gilles, Ma Campagne. The place was previously known as the SISISI, a cafe-bistro, well-known by all the Brusseleir in town looking for small bite or a drink late at night. The place was shut down for almost 3 years and an half and the building was totally abandonned. In other words, there was nothing left in the building. We had to rebuild everything from scratch (water pipes, electricity, gas installation, walls, roof, kitchen … ).

We really love the place beause the facade is a reminder of the art deco Brussels style. We renovated everything in a contemporary style but wanted to keep a traditional brasserie touch at the same time. We also managed to renovate the 100 years old stained glassed of the front window and kept the entrance as the orginial one.

We really hope that you will enjoy the new design of the place !

See you soon 🙂

Ballekes team

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Let’s get it started.

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Yes, the SISISI had a 1st floor room. We removed the steel stairs and closed the door in the middle of the wall.

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View from the future Kitchen / counter area.

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Let’s destroy the wall here and give some space for the light to come in.

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Better.

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Ok time to build a new ceiling and install air-conditioning.

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DESTROY AND ROCK’N’ROLL 🙂

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Let’s see… we need some new toilets here. The walls must go down!

 

Oh yeah now we have the space to think about the futur toilets design

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