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Published July 25th 2018
American-themed diner serves delicious burgers and shakes
It is ironic that an American diner sits within cooee of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an Australian icon that spans one of the most spectacular waterways in the world. Batch Burgers & Espresso, an American-themed eatery, has been serving up gourmet burgers, hotdogs and sodas for five years and judging from the crowd waiting their turn, it looks like this diner will continue for many more years. Batch Burgers is smaller than expected as I assumed there would be dining booths. The interior reminded me of a small American-style saloon with bright red stools surrounding the bar. There are tables and benches outside with heaters that made us feel cosy while we perused their extensive menu.
Batch Burgers have a variety of beef and chicken burgers such as The Brooklyn, The Truffle Shuffle or Tijuanero. Hot dogs and burritos are included in the mix such as the Texas Chilli Dog with jalapenos or the Chicago Dog with pickles and ranch mayo. Vegetarian options are not forgotten such as the Portobello Blue burger with herb marinated portobello mushrooms. There are plenty of American-style snacks with the Tennessee Tenders and Fries or the Jalapeno Poppers Chilli Fries. It was the shakes and sodas, though, which made our eyes pop. Cookie Monster Super Shake blended with Oreos or The Nutter, a chocolate thick shake blended with Reese's peanut butter cup. All topped with a spray of whipped cream - would you imagine anything less with American shakes? The house-made sodas with a choice of mango, passionfruit, mixed berries or lychee sounded interesting. Mr. Faye chose the mango soda, fruity and refreshing was his summation. He opted not to have the added shot of vodka, being the designated driver for the night.
The American Pulled Pork Burger was my choice. The slow cooked pork shoulder was very moist and the housemade slaw and sauce deliciously oozed from the bun. Not to be defeated, we shared large Shoestring Fries which were wonderfully crunchy and very moreish.
We weighed up our options of ordering dessert. Banoffee Pie with Oreo base, the Brownie Chunk Sundae or three varieties of waffles. We chose the Banana Split to share with strawberry topping and whipped cream. It was a good choice in terms of flavour but the dessert missed the mark in the wow factor. It needed a more creative topping such as tiers of cream along the dessert dish, piped swirls of chocolate and decorated with cherries or strawberries on top. Though it looked plain, the taste was not. Batch Burgers used a premium ice cream so this eatery did not skimp on tasty ingredients.
Overall, this burger joint is a refreshing change from the traditional burger and shakes establishments. The customers that visited this evening enjoyed tucking into their meals, others ordered takeaways and wandered down the road to sit under the magnificent steely arch that spans this impressive harbour.