With a new head chef in the house, Club Meatballs on Cross Street’s menu refresh promises Asian fusion touches.

As the owners tell it, the meatball has been a staple comfort food in the US for quite a while now and more recently in Australia, with the popularity of meatballs-centric restaurants such as The Meatball & Wine Bar in Melbourne. Three years ago, anticipating that it would be popular in Singapore too, they started Club Meatballs, a restaurant, cafe, bar and wine cellar right smack in the heart of the CBD.

Club Meatballs and their street-facing interiors - Club Meatballs - Club Meatballs new menu

Club Meatballs and their street-facing interiors

Tethered to sister co-working space Clubco (members can use their membership fee credits to pay for their meals), Club Meatballs offers a relaxed space for chilling out, and sometimes, a bonding session over meatballs aka their recent ‘Big Baller Battle’ to see who could wolf down 1kg worth of spaghetti and meatballs fastest.

Ginger pork ball lettuce wrap - Club Meatballs new menu

Ginger pork ball lettuce wrap

When it first opened, the highlight of the menu was a ‘Pimp Your Balls’ section where you could build your dream meatball from five possible types of meatballs, sauces and sides. They’ve been expanding their offerings since then. With new Asian-American head chef La Mei Mei on board, expect some Asian inflections in their All Day, Breakfast and Kids Menus such as ginger pork ball lettuce cups ($14) and spicy tofu balls ($14), a dish of tofu mushroom balls tossed in gochujang sauce. You’d also find staple crowd-pleasers such as healthy meatball wraps ($12.50-13.50) and a lusciously creamy shepherd’s pie ($18) comprising mini lamb balls, cheesy mashed potato, carrot and peas.

Shepherd's pie - - Club Meatballs new menu

Shepherd’s pie

Those who don’t particularly fancy meatballs can go for options such as cup of chili ($10), their flavourful housemade beef chili, or the fork-tender beer-braised short ribs slow-cooked in San Miguel dark lager ($28). And if you’re vegetarian, there are ample options to choose from, such as a range of salads, tofu steak ($20), and the vegetarian wrap ($12.50) featuring tofu and mushroom balls, cucumber, carrot and chili mayo.

Wines at affordable prices - Club Meatballs new menu

Finds in Club Meatballs’ wine cellar

For drinks, check out their wine cellar of mostly Australian wines priced affordably (from $29) or order an array of beers, spirits and cocktails from their well-stocked sidewalk bar. Happy Hour on weekdays is from 12 to 2pm and 4 to 8pm (Fridays, all night from 4pm). On Wednesdays, ladies night offers include a complimentary bottle of champagne for groups of four ladies and a 1-for-1 Aperol Spritz at $15.

#01-05/06 China Court. 20 Cross Street. Tel: 6222 8660.

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