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.
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.
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.
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.
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.