But try this: Most of the dish served at Bites by the Batik is made from scratch, or so the manager cum spokesperson Jolene kept claiming.
I didn't believe her until I was served their mushroom soup, well, for starter anyway. It looked real pretty sitting there, but a dunk of garlic bread later, and the whole bowl completely disappeared. Honestly, it tasted different, yummy edible, but different all the same. So that's how a soup made from scratch tasted like.
Next came the main dish... beef burger served with grilled wedges. The patty was thick, scrumptous, and done to perfection. Topped that with cheese, pickle and lettuce, and you got something much much more elegant than your average street burger.
And washed all those down with a glass of resfreshing Strength of Tarot - Mint and Lemon. I could almost still taste the minty flavor, not too overpowering, not too weak. Sublime.
My neighbour cum partner had this, lamb burger. Oh gad seriously... all these patties are thick! Tempting evil! Topped with something that looks like goat cheese (I think lah, or not) and beetroot pickle and lettuce, and served with grilled wedges. Didn't have a chance to try it, maybe next time baby?
My other neighbour, a vegetarian, had this: grilled vege salad. It has in it, lemme see, lettuce, tomato, pickled olive, brinjal, capsicum, and some cheese (that again, looks like goat cheese). It looks sizeably healthy, but since I'm not much of a salad person, I'll pass.
And for dessert... here's a little adventure time! An unconventional mooncake-pudding naughtily called Oriental Mooncake Jelly 5. The reason for the '5' (i happily assumed) is probably due to this exotic little thing being infused with tuak (rice wine) and wolfberries. *hic*
And dinner practically concluded at a reasonable price, if I say so myself. So if you ever crave a mean burger in Kuching, drop by Bites at Batik Boutique Hotel. You can't miss the place, the exterior looks exotic, tasteful, and strikingly remarkable. Batik.
Operating hours: Opens daily, from breakfast through dinner.