Alexander has lived in all Australia, spending time in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. He loves food and the outdoors.
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There always tends to be places in big cities where certain types of businesses are concentrated. Cafes and breakfast spots are no exceptions to this and when moving to a new area finding the best places can be a little bit overwhelming. Going out to eat is for most young people an infrequent occurrence and wasting a day off on mediocre brunch can be distressing. There are many such breakfast spots on Carlisle Street strip outside Balaclava station. For my money, Batch Espresso is best.
Named after the New Zealand term for a holiday home (and also a suspected sounding word to say with a Kiwi accent), the country across the Tasman is the theme of the restaurant although this has not often played on my mind when eating there. I'm not all that familiar with what exactly New Zealand cuisine is, all I know from Batch Espresso that is, if their menu is representative of it, then it is very good..
Batch is a great place to go if you like a menu where the most interesting thing on the menu isn't just a breakfast burrito. That being said the food remain honest; dining there simply is more exciting because the menu is fun to explore. Popular favourites include the generous avocado and feta mash on toast or the baked eggs with chorizo, so if you are not feeling adventurous you could always play it safe worth these or perhaps an omelet but I would highly recommend branching out. Other options include smoked paprika corn fritters with trimmings and condiments, potato hash with an egg and corned beef. The full breakfast menu is only served until 12 which can severely effect a hangover cure quest but the lunch is also worth a look. The display unit is usually filled with fresh bagel sandwiches. There is always two or three things you want to order other than what you get and the menu is seasonal so knew dishes pop up if you ever get sick of what is there.
It is a small and busy place but the good kind of small and busy. Not too many people to feel stressful but alive enough for an energized experience. I was told before I first went there the staff could be rude - I've never found them to be anything but efficient and helpful.
It should also be mentioned that Batch Espresso has the best coffee on Carlisle Street and would easily be a contender for my favourite in Melbourne. My drink of choice- long black- comes out on a plate with a jug of hot water on the side to get it to the perfect strength. There is something about a really great cup of coffee that can turn a whole day around and Batch is my go to place for this.
I could go on and on about this place. To touch briefly on prices they are quite good with the menu largely staying under $20. In my experience breakfast for two, drinks included, usually stays under $50, depending on how much caffeine you require. Not stunningly cheap or costly, however for me this is beside the point. You will certainly be looking at similar prices at nearby establishment and going straight to Batch is a shortcut to making sure you spend your money on the best.