Food trend’s come from all over the world; Japan gave us sushi, Vietnam the rice paper roll, Malaysia the Laksa and US is the gift which keeps on giving from New York’s food trucks, hamburger Shake Shacks and now the latest thing, balls – the meaty kind (get your head out of the gutter).
Meatball obsession isn’t a mental affliction but New Yorkers have been under its spell for some time. Three Australian magicians have brought it to life in a location we will rename New ‘York’ street. Inspired by founders Dominic Lopresti (former CEO of Gelatissimo), Jay Lyon (singer, actor, model) and James Kidman (ex-executive chef of Otto’s) we now have a little piece of the meat packing district in our very own hood.
Enter The Original Meatball Company and you’ll be greeted with ‘EAT BALLS’ instructions. Stepping into the kitchen pull up a wooden stall and chat with the creators, or chose to eat and run. Indecisives beware, there are many ways to eat your balls and we are talking beef, pork and veal, fish and vegetable. Do you want it Hero style in a bun (brioche or white), Balls on the green (salad bowl) or just go all out balls saucy and cheesy and 100% in control of the choices.
We loved the ‘You Beaut’, ‘Perfect Catch’ made from the finest barramundi belly and any Ikea addicts must try the Swedish Ja. If you have tummy room, grab a cookie crumble shake too.
There’s a technique to ordering, and it’s called arrive before midday or order after 2pm, otherwise expect the queue to snake to the QVB. It’s fun, it’s a blast and totally amazeballs!
The Original Meatball Company
Shop 3, 56-58 York Street, Sydney 2000