The busy eat strip of Broughton and Fitzroy Streets in Kirribilli is constantly shuffling, changing and adding new cuisine options to its already hefty choices. But from Thai curries to fish’n’chips, what it hasn’t had before is some good old hearty American diner fare. Well, Batch Burgers & Espresso has hoisted its flag for the stars and stripes. Brought to us by the man behind Batch No. 1 Espresso in the CBD, it’s a cosy and noisy little spot, reminiscent of scenes from a 1950s film, dominated by a big counter with bar stools and a bright neon sign.
“We wanted to bring a little bit [of America] back here with an old style diner,” says owner David Smith of he and wife Nok’s inspiration for the venue. “Over there [in America] it’s standard and fun. You can have one person or 10 people and it doesn’t matter. It has a social atmosphere and it’s not just your standard sit-down.”
The burger and hotdog joint opened its doors just on six weeks ago and so far the response has been solid. “It keeps getting busier and people of all ages like the theme,” says Smith.
They’re open from breakfast until well past dinner, with the beefy breakfast burger and breakfast burrito making popular breakfast options. But it’s the hearty lunch and dinner menu that sees locals vying for a spot at the bar. Chicken and beef burgers are the go-to (complete with fluffy Brasserie Bread buns), but hotdogs and chilli-dogs are well represented too. It’s American to the core, but there’s a nod to the international, with burgers including The French (blue cheese) and Mexican (jalapeños and hot taco sauce).
Shakes come with mix-ins like Cherry Ripe or Mars Bar and there’s a flavour of the week to keep an eye out for, as well as desserts of waffles with Canadian maple syrup or a banana split. So pull up a stool and check out your placemat menu – the American diner is here.
Batch Burgers & Espresso
2/3a Broughton Street, Kirribilli
(02) 9929 8883