Have a ball with Ital­ian tapas

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

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.

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