Battle of The Balls – #BestBallsHK

Voila! The meatball champion is here! Before I review who has created the tastiest meatball, let us go thorough the meatball lineup at the meatball challenge.

On this International Meatball Day, 6 of Hong Kong’s famous chefs gather to go against each other at Linguini Fini and serve up their signature meatball dishes. They include Chef Aarik Persaud and Chef Tom Brimble from Butcher’s Club, Chef Steve Ma from Jamie’s Italian, Chef Fabrizio Napolitano from NOM, Chef Vito Chiavacci from La Polama, Chef Stefano Rossi from Pirata and finally Chef Vinny Lauria from Posto/Linguini Fini/Stone Nullah Tavern.

At the first round of press event, we, along with special guests Chef Harlan Goldstein and Gregoire Michaud of Bread Elements, are invited to taste and score these finest meatballs.

We first loved the Jamie’s Italian meatball sliders, which are served on Jamie’s favourite wooden Italian plank, made with a nutty pistachio mortadella, roasted red pepper tomato sauce and whole grain sunflower seeds ciabatta.

On the second round, the signature Not Only Meatballs impresses us with its flavorful and creamy oxtail tongue and ricotta cheese filling that is fried similar to potato croquettes, but have a stronger liking on the texture from La Paloma’s meatball.

Lastly, the My Mama’s Meatballs from Pirata is too dry and bland to my liking, especially that dull and lack-of-characteristic tomato sauce, my highly anticipated signature veal meatballs from Posto Pubblico does not disappoint me whereas has given the best texture, best taste and best tomato sauce with a generous shaves of parmigiano reggiano.

And the winner goes to…drumroll…Postal Pubblico veal meatball! Congratulation to Chef Vinny Lauria to be crowned as the best meatball creator in town! Obviously, they really know how to make their meatball!

The second and third round will be held on 16 and 17 March at Linguini Fini, where guests will savor an 8-course menu with meatballs along with caprese salad, spaghetti pomodoro, chocolate banana cake and many more from Linguini Fini. I wonder which is your favourite meatball dishes!

Battle Of The Balls

Linguini Fini

Butcher’s Club
The Ricky Rozay
Surf & turf meatball, dry aged Angus rump, butter poached lobster mousse, roasted marrow hollandaise, truffle & salsify puree, herb & garlic crumble

Jamie’s Italian
Gennaro’s homemade meatballs with homemade pistachio mortadella, minced beef and pork balls cooked in a roasted red pepper tomato sauce and served in a soft ciabatta roll

Gennaro’s Homemade Meatball Slider

NOM
Italian beef meatballs, Neapolitan ragout, paccheri pasta, ricotta cheese

La Paloma
Catalan style homemade meatballs with cuttlefish & green peas

Pirata
M.M.M My Mama’s Meatballs – Pork, beef, Italian egg, tomato sauce, basil & extra virgin olive oil

Posto Pubblico
Pubblico veal meatballs

Caprese
Organic tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, 30 years balsamico

Spaghetti Pomodoro

Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Sponge, Banana Filling

Linguini Fini
Address: G/F, 49 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
Telephone: 2387 6338
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00, 18:00-22:30 ; Sat-Sun 12:00-16:00, 18:00-22:30
Website: http://www.linguinifini.com / https://www.facebook.com/LinguiniFini

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