22 Oct, 2013
Chilli Fries ($7)
Cheeseburger Grande ($12.50) and French ($12.50)
Brooklyn ($12.50) and Mexican ($13.50)
Grilled Corn ($4)
Batch Burgers & Espresso
2/3A Broughton St,
Kirribilli NSW 2061
We love a good burger (Fergburger is still our favourite burger joint, but alas it in another country) so we were stoked to get a chance to try another ‘gourmet’ burger place other than Grilled and Moo Burger. This time one of our friends suggested Batch Burgers located in Kirribilli. Before we settled on Batch I did an extensive research on the interwebs (punching in ‘BEST BURGER JOINT EVER IN SYDNEY’ into Google) for the best Sydney burger – a lot of the results were appealing but most were closed on a Sunday. Batch won the battle with it’s longer opening hours (closes at 10pm on Sundays) and it’s super cute website which oddly reminds me of The Dip’s (hmmm…). They also had more than just two types of burgers available (if you’re wondering our other option was The Fish Shop) and the prices were decent.
On the way to Batch I decided to do a quick search on Urbanspoon, Batch sadly only scored 51% with most reviewers complaining about the greasiness, which confuses me a little…because it’s an American inspired diner so I’m not sure what these people were expecting…
We decided to drive to Kiribilli because Danny wanted to go for a night time swim after and we’re pleased to report that the drive was pretty smooth on a Sunday evening. Parking was also easy and we were able to grab a spot just in front. I was delighted when I arrived at Batch as the whole place was decked out as any old American diner should be (albeit a little small). We were lucky enough to grab a table outside for four. Danny was impressed with their music selection playing a range of Old Skool 90s music and we decided to get four different burgers to share: The Cheeseburger Grande ($12.50), Spicy Mexican ($13.50), French ($12.50) and Brooklyn ($12.50). We also got the Chilli Fries ($7) as a side and Strawberry, Chocolate and Caramel Milkshakes ($6 each) to help wash down our meal.
The Chilli Fries arrive first and after we ooo and ahh at the bowl of fries that our lovely waitress has just put down, we dig in straight away. I went right in for the jalapenos (love that stuff) and grabbed myself a few fries with the chilli mince. It was delightfully spicy (just the right amount) and the chips were crispy and thin cut which is our fav (reminds us of Maccas’ chips on a good day).
Our burgers arrive promptly after and we started off with the Cheeseburger Grande which was the Batch’s beef pattie with bacon, cheese and American mustard with fruit relish in between two very lovely and soft Brioche buns sprinkled with a handful of sesame seeds on top. The pattie was tasty, but a little overcooked (we asked for medium) and definitely ‘sausagey’ and as greasy as you would expect. The fruit relish added a nice sweet twist to the traditional cheeseburger and the ratio of bun to pattie was good. Bacon of course makes everything extra good but we hardly tasted the cheese which makes the name sort of redundant doesn’t it? Still, a pretty good burger and Will’s favourite of the night.
Our second burger was the French (mine and Danny’s favourite) which has the beef pattie, rocket, tomates, pickles with bbq sauce on the Brioche bun with sesame seed. The pattie again was tasty and the pickles helped cut through the greasy pattie. The blue cheese flavour was incredibly subtle but definitely there, which is good as you know too much blue cheese can be overpowering. We loved this burger because it had a good balance of flavour and freshness.
We tried the Brooklyn next which was an incredibly impressive burger on the menu. It boasts a beef pattie with bacon, smoked cheddar, tomato, pickles, spanish onion and lettuce with thousand island dressing, served again with brioche buns (no sesame). This was probably the most disappointing burger of the night for us. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t really stand out either. Like the other burgers, the pattie was tasty but we couldn’t really taste the smoked cheddar.
We finished off with the Mexican which is a spicy combo of chilli mince, smoked cheddar, tomato, spanish onion, jalapenos and sour cream topped off with hot taco sauce. This burger definitely had a different taste to the others. It was quite spicy and packed a whole lot of punch with the combination of chilli mince, jalapenos and hot taco sauce. It was also massive but I felt the pattie got lost amongst all the other flavours.
We had also managed to order to some Grilled Corn ($4) in between inhaling our burger portions and that arrived with paprika and lime mayo. I found the mayo a little strange and much prefer The Dip’s one better with their Chipotle Salt and Lime Mayo combo.
Our milkshakes were also yummy and sweet, though I agree with Danny – we should have gotten the thicker variety.
I honestly felt like I inhaled all the food though Danny is adamant that he at least chewed some of it. Overall the burgers here were good, it’s greasy yes, but I don’t think that warrants a bad review, Batch Burgers never claimed to ‘Healthy Burgers’ (ahem, go to Grilled if you want that) – they are an American inspired diner and their food reflects that. If you need more convincing on that point, just check out their website.
(The also have gluten free options + we DID go swimming afterwards, nevermind the creepy red moon or the wind or the cold water, we did it!)