Gastown’s new Kofta Meatball Kitchen serves up lunch-friendly twists on international favourite

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      Meatballs may be best associated with spaghetti and tomato sauce, but a new spot in Gastown is proving that the fare has international reach.

      Situated at 320 Cambie Street, Kofta Meatball Kitchen offers a range of freshly prepared meatball bowls, baguette sandwiches, salads, and sliders. (“Kofta” is an umbrella term for meatball- or meatloaf-related dishes in Middle Eastern and South Asian cooking.)

      “We wanted to find a type of food that Gastown and Vancouver didn’t have yet, and we thought of introducing the concept of the meatball, which is made internationally in so many different ways,” says Kate Gatfield, Kofta’s marketing manager, in a phone interview with the Straight.

      When ordering one of the restaurant’s hearty bowls, guests can choose from a list of house-made koftas (spicy pork, beef and ricotta, chicken, or vegan lentil), as well as their preferred base, sauce, and garnishes. We recommend the mac-and-cheese-like combination of chicken balls with zucchini noodles, three-cheese, parm panko, and arugula, which was served up at Kofta’s grand opening last night (July 7).

      A vegan meatball bowl with lentil balls, cauliflower, and garlic-cashew creme.
      Richard Crothers

      Gluten-free and vegan options are available in each category, and many ingredients are sourced locally from neighbourhood spots like Twin River Specialty Meats and the Gluten Free Epicurean.

      Baguette sandwiches are available in three flavour combinations, while salad and slider dishes rotate daily. The beverage menu includes Rise Kombucha, Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and the Vancouver-based Sip Soda.

      “Using local ingredients from local farmers, butchers, and drink-makers was really important to us,” notes Gatfield.

      The space’s exposed brick walls and clean pipe shelving, meanwhile, fits right into the industrial feel of Gastown, and should attract plenty of 9-to-5ers looking for a casual—and affordable—lunch.

      Kofta Meatball Kitchen is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the eatery or its menu, click here.