From where we live we can walk to the harbour foreshore where there’s a very picturesque walk that ends under the Harbour Bridge. From our home it’s a 7km walk so it’s not something we do everyday, however, when the weather is good and we feel like being outdoors, it’s a good option.
A few weeks ago we had a weekend of very mild temperatures and lovely sunshine where during the day, you only needed to wear one layer of clothing. Yeah! We were sitting at home with the little guy who was wanting ‘to do something’ so we decided to walk along the foreshore to the bridge and then take him to Luna Park. He was excited.
Off we went and by the time we arrived at the harbour bridge we were hungry. Alfie wanted to go to Batch, a tiny hole in the wall in Kirribilli that’s been open for about two years. It’s a retro, 1950’s-looking American hamburger diner that’s always busy. Alfie knows about it because he does early morning swim squads in a pool nearby and on the way home we stop there for a hot chocolate or a thickshake. It was time to try something more.
Batch is so small it only has a few stools to sit on up at the counter and a couple of outdoor tables. When we arrived there were a lot of people standing outside waiting for takeaway which is how a lot of their business is done. Alfie wanted to sit up at the counter and we were fortunate to find three stools in a little patch of sunshine.
Alfie ordered the hotdog and was disappointed it was a real sausage instead of a traditional hot dog sausage. However, disappointment over, he ate his hotdog with no complaints.
He also ordered the chocolate sundae that came with three different types of chocolate. When he ate this he was absolutely silent – a sign that he was really enjoying it.
There are quite a few burgers on the menu and I chose one of the less exciting. I went with the standard cheese burger that came with onions, pickles, cheese, American mustard and ketchup. The burger arrived quickly and I liked its presentation on the board with a knife stabbed through its centre. The bun was very soft and a little sweet and the meat pattie had good height and was cooked medium rare. With the listed ingredients, it did remind me of a fast food burger only this was a true burger and a vastly different experience.
The French Fries arrived in a little basket and they were crunchy and crispy and I loved the retro sauce bottle. When I was growing up everyone had one of these on their kitchen table. Then they disappeared along with kitchen tables. It’s lovely to see tomato sauce containers again.
Drew ordered the Grilled Chicken burger with avocado, cheese, lettuce and mayo. He said it was the best burger he’s ever eaten.
I wasn’t actually in blogging mode and was enjoying a day off. Had I gone to Batch with an intention to write about it I would have been mindful to select the more interesting and exciting items on the menu. Alas, I went for the standard cheese burger but, halfway through our meal I was so impressed with the setting, the speed with which the food arrives, and the quality of what’s produced, I knew I needed to share Batch with you.
The retro vibe is engaging; the service fast and friendly, and while the menu isn’t exhaustive, what they do, they do very well. And if you’d like a beer or a wine, it’s also licensed.
And just a short walk away is the entrance to Luna Park – our next stop.
Verdict: Out of a tiny space comes consistently fantastic food.
Batch Burgers & Espresso: 2/3A Broughton Street, Kirribilli 2061
Ph: 02 9929 8883