You cannot expect to have a name like ‘Meatball Company’ and a healthy attitude towards ball jokes and puns, and NOT have people join in to take the mickey out of it. All in the name of good fashioned fun, a bunch of us were invited to the Meatball Company launch function to sample their wares and crack immature jokes about balls.
(Note: However I shall refrain from repeating them here, cuz I’m classy like that. For those of you who know me personally, snort all you want.)
Mary Warhol comes in two flavours –meatball fat washed Ketel One Vodka or caramelised onion-infused Ketel One Vodka. The one in circulation was the smoky meatball and it packed a punch (in the balls). Served in the Warhol Campbell’s soup cans with a tree’s worth of celery and a jerky piece, it came with a warning not to sip from the rim, just in case the tin edges were still sharp. Don’t you love living dangerously?
What can be said about the Meatball Company balls? The chef declared the cod meatball his favourite, but I reckon the more traditional beef balls with smokey tomato were the better all-rounder – moist, meaty and coated in thick sauce.
Cut through the meatiness with a range of fresh salads (AUD$8 each) – the wild rice is lovely (and healthy) and the house made pasta goes great with whatever meatball sauce you’ve got laying around.
Your dessert options are limited to one: ice-cream sandwiches (or two, if you count cocktails as a dessert). These cookie cased treats come in a variety of flavours. Between the chocolate and peanut butter vs strawberry and cream sandwich ice-creams, my vote goes to the chocolate one. But apparently others have voted for the tiramisu as the ‘balls’.
The Meatball Company is presenting itself as a relaxed informal joint to get together with friends and share a meal. Think of it as a sweet foodie haven from the general drinking debauchery happening next door. But beware! At AUD$14 for a serve of 3 balls, things can get steep quickly if you’re a hungry ball muncher.