Five years after the “balls” trend landed, Trois B has now burst onto the scene firing a barrage of meatballs near the Canal de l’Ourcq. Behind this atmospheric bistro (bay windows, Formica, peeling wallpaper) are Victor and Arthur, two former FIDH NGO workers who are shaking up the concept with an eco-responsible bobo twist. Their bi-weekly menu features three types of perfectly-rolled seasonal croquettas, and the day we went there was: a beef and wild garlic version served on a bed of spelt with button mushrooms; an arancini-style version with spinach and pecorino; and a third with coalfish, olives, capers, parsley, mint and lemon, served with roasted new potatoes and carrots. All that, plus a few flavorful sides (stracciatellasmoked over hay, lentil hummus, etc.) and mouth-watering desserts, like the amandine tart with pears and homemade whipped cream. // J.G.
FEELING THIRSTY? There are some biodynamite wines (a red Côtes-du-Rhône from the Ferme des Arnaud at €3.50 a glass; Voilà, an Anjou from Le Cotillon Blanc at €23 a bottle) or beers from East Paris (Deck & Donohue, Brasserie de l’Etre, La Montreuilloise, from €4 to €8 for 330 ml).
PRICES: Set menus €15-18 (weekday lunch). Appetizers and desserts €6, mains €15 (dinner and Saturday lunch).