Meatball and Wine Bar in Flinders Lane (but also Swan Street, Richmond and now in Smith Street, Collingwood) has long been a favourite haunt of mine for some delicious pasta, meatballs, cured meat and cheese boards and red wine…. so why on earth has it taken me until now to try the sliders?
The way the menu works when you order meatballs is you choose your ball (chicken, pork, beef, fish or veg), then your sauce (italian red, white creamy or green pesto) and finally an option of a bed for them to rest on (italian beans, creamy polenta, potato smash, homemade pasta or market vegetables) and away you go.
The process of creating your customised sliders is the same- you choose your balls and sauce and they come out nestled between perfect little seeded brioche buns.
We sampled the beef with italian red sauce and the pork with green pesto.
The pasture fed angus beef balls were without a hint of gristle and perfectly charred and caramelised on the outside while soft and tender on the inside. The red sauce packs a zesty and tomatoey punch, which when topped with a sprinkle of parmesan is all you could ever want in life.
The pork sliders however, took things up a notch. The ground pork is seasoned with fennel, sage and orange, subtle enough that you still get a big meaty hit, but with a wonderfully enhanced flavour. Not normally being a huge pesto fan, I was skeptical about the green sauce, but working together with the flavours of the pork, it really sang.
With a glass of red wine in hand, you cannot go wrong at Meatball and Wine Bar… no matter what you order off the menu!
135 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000