January 16, 2013 by grub like a girl
When Burger Bach (pronounced Batch) moved into Ellwood Cafe’s old digs last February, it triggered a buzz that this Carytown newbie was not just a burger joint but a gastropub that’d be serving up quality New Zealand grass fed burgers. Like the procrastinator that I am, I waited almost a year to grab dinner here. Shame on me.
The word, “Bach” is New Zealand’s term for vacation home so it’s no surprise the interior is small, airy, and laid back. The decor is practical with walnut colored woods, exposed ductwork, corrugated tin, and exposed brick. Aim to get here early, the dining room slowly begins to fill around 6 with hungry energy, by 7 there’s a wait.
The West Coast burger ($11), a recommendation from my server, was wonderful. The jalapeno remoulade, bbq sauce, cheddar, bacon, and caramelized onions housed with a savory grass-fed beef patty is a kick in the mouth. Burgers are served alongside a simple mixed green salad with a tangy vinaigrette.
On my next visit, I ordered up the North Lamb ($11) – a lamb burger with tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, onion, and garlic aioli. Similar to the flavors of a lamb gyro but 100% better. Burger Bach steers clear of plain ingredients – everything here’s high quality and fresh, resulting in something (much) greater than any fast food crap. My girlfriend made an outstanding selection with the French Chick ($11) piled high with honey mustard, brie, grilled green apple (yes, grilled), turkey bacon, and caramelized onion. The combination of these flavors in this chicken sandwich are incredibly rich and unforgettable … this is something you’d crave. It’s a must try.
Being a bun enthusiast (take that any way you’d like), I was pleased that Burger Bach … finish reading here