We were warmly welcomed into a beautiful environment with exposed brick walls and soft twinkly lights. The Melbourne industrial look with harsh lighting was nowhere to be seen and in its place is an inviting and cozy establishment great for a midweek pop in or a more raucous weekend gathering.
Loosely themed around an organic grocer's I love the displays of produce all of which is accessible for the kitchen including a herb garden.
First we enjoyed tasting boards adorned with breseola, crumbed and fried Persian Feta, smoked trout and capers, blue cheese and honeycomb. The feta and the smoked trout were my favourites. So tasty.
Then there were doughballs - garlic butter and also chorizo and cheese - so delicious. There was an array of sliders - duck, pulled pork, crumbed market fish. There were murmurs of appreciation for the fish but I never tried. The pulled pork was tasty and Steve said the the duck was lipsmackingly good too but the half he gave me had very lttile duck in it!
And then came dish after dish of meatballs! Steve and I made the pork and Bourbon glazed one which came on a skewer with a disc of corn on the cob. We had Thai chilli chicken that came with some sweet onion relish and served on a disc of tempura eggplant - delicious! Then there were Italian beef balls stuffed with bocconcini in tomato sauce with bread to soak up the sauce. Greek lamb balls were dished up with sun dried tomatoes, feta, spinach leaves and olives. Spiced Mexican balls were served on individual mini tortillas with a chipotle chilli sauce. Thank you fellow bloggers for rolling up your sleeves and rolling these balls.
I really liked the way the balls came with some sort of complementary garnish whether that be bread and sauce or salad leaves or some sort of vegetable. And as well as this little garnish our table was heaving with side dishes including an amazing cauliflower cheese, creamy mashed potato, steaming pasta, green beans, feta and almonds and succotash.
The beauty of dining at Meatballs & Sons is that there is something for everyone and even if you don't want meatballs there is plenty to go at. It's just as welcoming for a drink and a snack at the bar or a quick dessert stop. The cocktail list is inventive and approachable and I thoroughly enjoyed an espresso martini at the end of our meal and Steve had a really good Old Fashioned. It is also incredibly well priced for such high end produce with side dishes at $3 each which means you can have more! Steve says he can see himself jumping off the tram one stop earlier, swinging in and having a bowl of cauliflower cheese before heading home! And you know, I think he'd be made incredibly welcome!
I think Meatball & Sons is a great addition to the Brunswick St dining scene and I sincerely hope it does well. The formula of good produce, strong pricing, passionate owners and staff surely has to be a recipe for all round success.