Sunday, November 23, 2014

Polpetta @ 10 Boulevard, Petaling Jaya

A meatball cafe? This new family-owned restaurant has a fun hook with heaps of potential - after all, everyone likes meatballs.

Polpetta is the brainchild of 20-year-old Egbert Nah, largely inspired by The Meatball Shop chain in New York City, as well as Egbert's stint working at MyBurgerLab. Egbert's family has deep roots in F&B - his uncles own Champ's in Centrepoint & BSC & Bernard's in Centrepoint.

The concept's similar to The Meatball Shop's - choose your balls (beef, chicken or meat-free mushroom), select a sauce, topping & an optional base. True to Polpetta's name, the recipes are mainly Italian.

Chicken meatballs with a pasta base, marinara sauce & parmesan cheese topping (RM13). The meatballs are big - supposedly six centimetres in diameter, bigger than a golf ball & close to a tennis ball.

Chicken meatballs with mashed potatoes, pesto sauce & beef bacon crispy crunch (RM15). Polpetta is still tweaking its recipes to make these meatballs juicier, though they're already nicely textured, with a home-made coarseness & real-meat tenderness that combine for a satisfactory bite & a fulfilling chew.

Note that stocks can run out fast; we reached at 1pm on a weekday & the vegetarian balls made with white mushrooms were sold out for the lunch session (they would only be replenished during dinnertime). Polpetta is also open on weekends, when parking is much more plentiful in the 10 Boulevard complex.

Beef balls with more mashed potatoes (the brown rice & salad bases were also sold out), cheesy cream sauce & roasted garlic topping (nuts or roasted onions are the other two possible toppings) for RM13. Further customisation is possible - patrons can skip the base & save RM3 or add on a fried egg for RM1 or hash brown for RM1.50.

No complaints - portions are hearty; everything tastes fresh & reasonably nourishing, tasting pretty much as good as they look. Total comfort food. As time goes by, we hope Polpetta will come up with more imaginative preparations & components to keep things interesting & expand the horizons of this 'meatball canvas.' Service is friendly, efficient & welcoming.

Polpetta has other dishes to add variety - we like the eggplant 'toasties' (RM8), served steaming-hot, crispy on the outside & succulent within, crowned with creamy tomato sauce & cheese to make this pretty much a parmigiana - absolutely addictive. Fried chicken wings, beef goulash & oxtail soup are available too.

The petite Red Cupid cupcake - red velvet with Nutella cream cheese frosting - is freshly baked everyday & makes for an enjoyable ending to a meal at Polpetta. Pair it with a green tea latte.

Polpetta cares about its coffee too - blends are secured from Subang's MyEspresso Cafe.

Polpetta Cafe: Your Meatball Canvas
10 Boulevard, Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The cafe is on back row of the complex, not visible from the Sprint Highway.
Open daily, 11am-9pm


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25 comments:

  1. Oooo...meatballs! My post on those tomorrow. :D

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    1. Suituapui: it's true ... everyone likes meatballs! :)

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  2. Oh yes, me too! Beef meat balls work for me too :p

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    1. Ken: heheh, ya, i think the beef and chicken meatballs were both pretty decent here, though the beef would edge the chicken in terms of my personal preference :)

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  3. I had a meat ball meal yesterday too! One big moose ball, hehehe.

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    1. CK: yay for big balls! heheh :D

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  4. What a great concept! Hopefully they will get better in terms of stock and then I think the crowds will come roaring in!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: true, it'd be a bit disappointing for some customers if they came in and tried to order meatballs that were out of stock :D

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  5. Now that's something original!

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    1. The Yum List: it's a fun idea! :D

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  6. Hehheeh I like the sketches on the blackboards....sure made me chuckle reading them!

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, yeah, polpetta's patrons have a nice sense of humour :)

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  7. Neat decor, Sean. I don't eat beef (haven't for months now), but the presentations are nice.

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    1. Linda: oh yeah, all the stuff on the walls here are pretty cool. and the presentation for the meatballs are nice, that's true :)

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  8. Ooo...I do like meatballs! Tennis ball size....wow, that's pretty big :D I make my own meatballs at home too (but small ones lah)! Meatballs with potato mash, pesto and bacon is a winning combo in my books ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yeah, our first impression when those meatballs arrived at home was, yay, they're pretty big! i guess i like chunky ones that we can sink our teeth into ... and your combo sounds good to me! :D

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  9. Yes, the part about parking is absolutely true. =( I was there last Friday to send the electric oven for a checkup and could barely find a vacant parking bay.... and that was already after lunch. >_<

    There's nothing comforting like a plate of spaghetti that is toppled with meatballs and tomato sauce. ^^ For the green tea latte, how did it taste?

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    1. Waverly: ooo, i was there on another weekday at about 1pm, and parking was still OK at that time, maybe about 10 spots left, but there were quite a lot of cars still coming in :) heh, meatballs and spaghetti are pretty classic, ya ... the green tea latte was ok, slightly too sweet for my personal preference, though my companions had no complaints with it :)

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  10. For me, meat balls = Ikea, hehe :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, ya, i think you'll find the meatballs here a pleasant upgrade :D

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  11. I like pork balls wor....
    Nvm..chicken balls are nice too..hehe...
    Looks yummy with different kind of sauces.

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, i love all sorts of meatballs, but it would be nice if there were a cafe that serves pork meatballs too, true :) and yeah, comfort-food sauces :D

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  12. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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