• Hunger pangs were hitting the Cape Town Etc HQ hard one cool day last week, so off we missioned in search of something warming. Upon discovering that our favourite noodle bar is no longer doing a lunch service (sad faces all round), we headed round the corner to Yo Meatball.

    They say hunger is the best chef, but we reckon lunch here is pretty satisfying even if you’re not at the point of chewing off your parking official’s arm (as we were).

    The idea is simple: meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs, in every shape and form, made from every possible ingredient. Choose your balls (meat or veggie) and sauce then combine them with a side or have them served as a wrap.

    My wrapped-up pork meatballs in teriyaki ginger sauce. with a complimentary side of addictive home-made nachos
    My wrapped-up pork meatballs in teriyaki ginger sauce. with a complimentary side of addictive home-made nachos
    Salami meatballs in a cream monkey gland sauce with a side of potato salad, veggies and coriander pesto
    Salami meatballs in a creamy monkey gland sauce with a side of potato salad, veggies and coriander pesto

     

    A selection of burgers (yes there’s a meatball one) and deep-fried mac and cheese complete the menu.

     

    Menu
    Please note, prices are updated in store

     

    The white-tiled walls, stacked soft drink crates and bare-bones aesthetic of the interior puts me in mind of a butcher shop crossed with my high school’s cafeteria, but it’s all refreshingly un-self-conscious and without any hipster accoutrements.

     

    Puppies
    Sarky signs make the grade though. We approve.

     

    OF NOTE
    Where 77 Roeland Street, Fringe District
    Trading hours Monday to Friday 11 am – 5:30 pm, Saturdays noon – 5 pm
    Cost R58 for meatballs and a side, R35 for a meatball wrap
    Contact +27 71 274 1725, www.yomeatball.co.za

    Photography Jade Cooke and Justin Williams

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