Have a ball with Italian tapas
WITH and the names “pulled like ball the bag” “ball you’d breaker” be reluctant to find out what you’re getting. But these deliciously cheekilynamed “balls” are just a taste of what you can find on the menu at The Meatball Bar. Now in three locations (Mt Lawley, Leederville and Fremantle), this Italian tapas-style eatery-cum-cocktail bar serves “balls” in all their glory and with specials all week long, it’s definitely worth a visit. Taking advantage of the threecourse Monday to Thursday deal where you can enjoy an entree, main and dessert for $39, we turned up to the Fremantle location on a Tuesday evening. While not busy, it certainly had a nice vibe and staff were quick to help us choose from the menu. For entree I went for the chorizo, sun-dried tomato and kipfler potato, croquettes topped with grilled Spanish chorizo, smokey chipotle sauce and crispy banana shallots, while my friend ordered the golden crumbed Middle Eastern pulled lamb meatballs served with green olives, preserved lemon and grilled Haloumi. I love croquettes and these were cooked perfectly. Golden and crispy on the outside with a delicious potato filling topped with Spanish chorizo, they gave my mum’s version of the fried treat a run for their money. For my main, I went traditional, trying “Mamma’s Balls”: Italian beef and pork meatballs served with handmade gnocchi, 12-hour slow-cooked Napoli sauce, crispy basil, house cashew word, Traditional this pesto dish and in was every parmesan a massive sense chips. of serve, the just as you’d expect “mamma” to make. Beautiful meatballs in a rich sugo, atop a very generous serve of freshly made gnocchi – delicious. After eating my (three) croquettes, it was definitely going to be a struggle to get even through half of this, but I managed to make a little dent. For dessert, yes, dessert, I tried Reese’s peanut butter custard, chocolate lined cannoli served with Reese’s peanut butter cups and Reese’s peanut butter drops. This mid-week special at The Meatball Bar represents extreme value for money.
The balls value on offer is a deal breaker at The Meatball Bar.