Hanging out with friends over dinner is a big part of socializing. We all lead pretty busy and exhausting lives so catching up once a month or so allows us to share our experiences and enjoy each others company. It is especially good when done over a few drinks. However, with a Coeliac in the mix, it does make things a little complicated. To solve this I send a list of places to the group that I’ve checked over and then they pick somewhere. Back in August, they picked The Meatball and Wine Bar on Flinders Lane.
The Meatball and wine bar doesn’t take bookings for groups of less than ten people, so we had to hope there was seating available when we rocked up on a Saturday night. Thankfully there were two tables outside which were perfect for us. We honestly were happy to be out in the fresh air; the crowd inside warmed the room. With an urban vibe and grunge lighting, the interior of the restaurant was full.
In terms of food, the menu states that all the meatballs are completely gluten free but may contain nuts and pork. Naturally, I still emailed ahead and asked if these would be suitable for someone with Coeliac Disease. The email let me know that there was not a lot of gluten on the menu.Therefore, the meatballs were not cooked with any shared utensils. They suggested that whether we were doing a group feast or a small dinner that I let the staff know about my requirements.
As per the email advice, I let the waitress know I had coeliac disease. She went over everything that I could and couldn’t eat and how things were cooked. Thankfully she did know her stuff and I settled on the balls and all meal. For an entrée, Brody decided he needed to try the Wagyu Bresaola which didn’t come with bread and was naturally gluten free.
The entrée arrived in a brown paper bag with a small plate for distribution. The wagyu had a beautiful marble, was thinly sliced with just a pinch of salt. The serve is acceptable between two people and Brody was really pleased with the starter.
My Balls and All meal consisted of the Pork, fennel, sage and orange balls covered in the pesto salsa verde on a bed of the potato smash. The salsa verde was definitely the right pick for the pork. The fresh and tangy flavours lightened the dish. The potato smash underneath was very filling and if you aren’t overly hungry one of the other gluten free sides would work well. I was content after eating, not feeling stuffed but not hungry either. I would happily return, we were all satisfied with the dinner.
Unfortunately, there are no gluten free desserts on the menu, but we were all so full we didn’t need it. If you are after a complete meal though, they cannot offer you that.
As always it was a waiting game and I can happily report that I didn’t have any external symptoms. While The Meatball and Wine Bar doesn’t have a broad gluten free menu but it is doable. In instances when everyone wants to try it out or if you really like meatballs this trendy franchise will be a good option. Of course, I can’t speak of their other locations, hopefully, they all take the same care. If you have been to one of the other locations, let me know if you thought they catered well?
Until Next Time;