Review 5: We’ll Have a Batch of Your Finest Mash

Batch Espresso – 1/320 Carlisle Street, Balaclava  3183

So, as some of you may have noticed, Blogocado Mash has been on somewhat of a hiatus over summer.  “Why?” you may ask. Well you see, whilst avocados are considered to be a treasure chest full of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, powerful antioxidants and a good source of fibre, they are also full of fat…
the GOOD kind of fat! So whilst you have been baking by your pools and boogie boarding on the beach, we have been eating our way through Melbourne, searching for the AVO factor!

However, our break is officially over and now that Blogocado Mash is back up and running we can’t wait to share some of the delicious and not so delicious mashes we have eaten over the summer months.

Since starting our blog we have received numerous recommendations of different cafes to try.  Whilst we aim to hit them all, there has been one in particular that has frequently been described as “the best mash in Melbourne”.  Such a statement had been playing on our minds and we decided we had to catch a glimpse of this warlock!

The question that now lay before us, “Would Carlisle Street’s Batch deliver us our perfect match?”

For those who are yet to eat at Batch Espresso, it is a humble little café located on Carlisle Street, St Kilda.  Their menu lists their mash as “avocado + feta mash on toasted sourdough” for the reasonable price of $12.

It is definitely no secret that Batch’s mash is one of their most popular dishes, as the tables surrounding us all seemed to be ordering it.  To say we had food envy whilst waiting would be a massive understatement!  After 100 minutes of waiting (alright it was 10 but it felt like 100), the mash arrived at our table.

ImageOk, so Batch had its presentation down pat but as they say, beauty is only skin deep….or is it? The answer to that my friends, is no it is not!

This mash started off strong, scoring a 2 out of 2 in terms of consistency: mashed with chunks, just the way we like it. In terms of quality, although the avocado was tender and ripe, it was unfortunately a little bit stringy for our taste, therefore scoring a 1 out of 2.

Time to analyse the quantity.  This was tricky as there was plenty of avo, however, we found that there was not enough bread to support the amount of mash provided.  Therefore, quantity scored half marks with a 0.5 out of 1.

Time to dig in and see what this mash had to offer.  The additional ingredients included mint, feta and a lemon wedge – a classic combo if we do say so ourselves.  We rated such additions highly, as the feta was a plenty and the mint subtle, yet effective.  All in all, it scored a 2 out of 2 for additional ingredients.

So, after all that, the question remained, did Batch’s mash have the AVO factor?  It indeed put together a delicious combo for the tastebuds and we would definitely agree that it is up there in terms of flavour.  However, although a delightful meal, we’d have to say it didn’t have the full AVO factor to make it stand out from all other mashes.

Blogocado Mash’s rating: 8/10, an avocaDO

Our Recommendations:

  • We would love to be able to recommend you another delicious dish to try here but unfortunately in all the times that we have been we haven’t been able to look past the avo mash.  So rather than recommend something we haven’t tried, we are asking you to suggest any other dishes from Batch that you have enjoyed.

Until next time, bye for now,
B & G

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