In life, we should all aim to be like the best of meatballs: well-seasoned and well-rounded. In the spirit of Meatball Day, we picked out our favourite meatball dishes around town for you to try. If your arteries are brave enough, every day can be Meatball Day for you, too!
As if a Pizza Hut delivery man taking a nap in an IKEA store isn’t an unusual enough combination, see how you feel when you find out that the publicity stunt was actually to promote the fact that the two iconic brands are coming together for a collaboration! Pizza Hut combines their crispy crust base, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices with the ever-popular IKEA Swedish meatballs to form the limited-edition IKEA Swedish Meatballs Pizza ($144). Talk about an epic crossover!
Meatballs sure are great on their own, but what about combining the power of hearty meatballs with the one carb that is too good to say no to? Posto Pubblico brings sandwich dreams to life with their Veal Meatball Parm ($178), enveloping signature veal meatballs slathered in melted cheese between two slices of toasted baguette. Be sure to snag a seat by the semi-alfresco stools for an opportunity to chow down on your snack whilst people-watching.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2577 7160
Serving Italian-American favourites, FINI’s outstanding Meatballs ($138) much deserve their rock-solid reputation in the local meatball scene. Their unique combination of pork, veal, red sauce, and Parmesan cheese makes these oversized lumps good enough on their own, but if you are looking for something more filling and carb-licious, try them as part of their ever-classic On Top of Spaghetti ($168).
FINI’s, 49 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2387 6338
Spaghetti and meatballs are a classic combo, but who’s to say we can’t spice it up and throw tagliatelle into the mix? CIAK – In The Kitchen’s Prime Beef & Mortadella Ham Meatballs with Tagliatelle ($220), in all of its understated simplicity, is not only a knockout dish on a menu of elevated Italian dishes, but it also stands by their mission of serving honest and comforting Italian food in a homely and vibrant environment.
CIAK – In The Kitchen, Shop 327–333, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central | (+852) 2522 8869
Meatballs don’t have to be strictly Italian, and Japanese izakaya Uoharu proves that right with their new Curry Impossible Meatball Lunch Set ($138), showing off the versatility of Japanese cuisine. The hearty combination of rustic Impossible meatballs covered in a rich Japanese curry sauce and coated with a scrumptious layer of melted cheddar cheese, plus a refreshing mixture of caramelised onions and grilled tomatoes on the side, goes perfectly with a nice, steaming bowl of rice.
Uoharu, Wellington Place, 7/F, M88, 2–8 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2217 8880
Did you think we would forget about Chinese meatballs? Also known as Lion’s Head, this recipe was reserved for members of royalty for more than 1,400 years and only eventually spread to the masses. Old Bailey reinterpreted the traditional dish to created the Double-Boiled Lion’s Head Hand-Minced Organic Pork Meatball with Hairy Crab Roe ($168) for a taste of history with a (tongue) twist(er)! These massive globs may be a bit greasy on their own, which is where the crab roe’s natural sweetness comes in to help with cutting through the grease.
Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Old Bailey Street, Central | (+852) 2877 8711
An extension of the New York City institution, Carbone Hong Kong brings the charm and splendour of the New York-Italian food to the heart of Central district. Mario’s Meatballs ($248) re-define tenderness in this staunchly traditional dish and are a must-have if you ever pop by the restaurant. Be ready for a wild night, as the staff is guaranteed to swing by around dessert time with glasses in one hand and limoncello in the other!
Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2593 2593
If we are talking about meatballs, nothing really beats homemade ones hand-formed by nonna. Pirata comes close with My Mamma’s Meatballs ($95), using pork, beef, egg, tomato sauce, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil to create loving spheres of flavour. They try their best to replicate home-cooked Italian cuisine, and even though we don’t have an aged Italian grandmother to cook for us, we sure know what a delicious home can taste like!
Pirata, 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2887 0270
Frankly, you can’t go wrong with ordering anything meat-related in a steak house, but Bistecca Italian Steak House takes their meatballs just as seriously as they do their signature steaks. All it comes down to is the superior quality of the meat, and their Meatballs ($158) speak volumes in their natural flavour, served only with the simplest accompaniments of tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. What can we say? Less is more!
Bistecca Italian Steak House, 2/F, Grand Progress Building, 15–16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central |(+852) 2525 1308
If you are looking for a quick and affordable fix, Pici’s Homemade Meatballs ($90) are the best fit for you. Available in all of their locations and made with pork, beef, tomato sauce, and Parmesan, not only are they super affordable, but they also come in generous portions. Make sure to leave room to try out their famous pasta!
Pici, locations across Hong Kong