Address: 33 Bayswater Road, Potts Point, NSW
Tel: (02) 9326 9054
Tues – Fri: 18:00 – late
Sat – Sun: 15:00 – late
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Reviewed by: Wicko
Buns and balls is a beautiful restaurant “in the heart of Potts Point”. True to its name it features a range of meatballs, and burgers, as well as a variety of freshly made cocktails to go with.
It advertises itself as “a burgers and booze joint with a twist in the heart of Potts Point”.
The restaurant is only a short walk away from the main street of Kings Cross, perched in a cozy corner underneath a nice looking apartment building.
The vibe of the place hit us instantly as we walked in.
The layout was nice, with an inside and outside area.
Having this option is always good.
The area was very comfortably decorated, and I felt it presented the character of the place very well.
The roof was decorated with writing, as were some of the walls.
I often found myself reading them with interest, had I perhaps been there with someone I had recently met, I can imagine these being very helpful conversation starters or points of discussion.
I was certainly impressed with the amount of people eating there, for a Tuesday night, it had gathered a considerable crowd, creating a buzzing yet relaxing atmosphere which contributed greatly to the mood.
This was helped by a relaxing mix of music which I thoroughly enjoyed.
I overheard that song requests could be made if you asked them online (most likely on their Facebook page).
After being greeted straight away, we were guided to our table, where we were soon happily sitting with freshly made cocktails in our hands.
Watermelon, lime and vodka cocktail, $12
t was freshly made and tasted amazing. This cost $12 with alcohol and $7 without. Considering the freshness and quality of this, I feel that it is an appropriate price.
Pineapple, ginger beer, vodka and bitters, $12
This I did not like. I feel this is due purely to my personal dislike of the taste of regular ginger beer; it seemed only as if the bitters made it worse.
I found that the service was great, we were frequently checked on by the friendly staff, yet not in an annoying way, or during the middle of a conversation.
They seemed to have a great knowledge of all their products, and were very enthusiastic about what they were selling.
Our food came relatively quickly, and was well spaced out, it seemed that each consequent part of our meal come exactly when we were about to move on.
Soon we were given all the flavours of meatballs that they had to try. All of them cost $9 for about 4-5 meatballs. This is quite expensive and would not be satisfying to order on their own.
The flavours were;
- pork and beef in a chunky sauce with shaved parmesan (tasted amazing, it was soft, had a crunch and seemed to have a punch of flavour)
- barramundi croquettes with tartare sauce (similar to the beef and pork in texture, but definitely my personal favourite)
- chicken in a spicy Louisiana sauce (I found it very tasty, however my sister though it was a bit too spicy so I can understand some people not liking it)
- tofu meatball (while this isn’t strictly a “meatball”, it was potentially the best tasting tofu I have ever had; the tofu was cut up very small and had some shallots in it).
We ate these with a side of garden salad.
Green Salad, $7.50
We also got Spicy Louisiana Chicken Wings, which I devoured happily.
They had an amazing crunch and taste to it, but admittedly I did have to reach for a drink for relief once or twice, however I overall felt that the reward outweighed the cost. A bit less chilli might make it more appealing to those who aren’t keen on the hot stuff!
Spicy Wings, $1 each (either 3, 6, 9)
Next came the main event, our burgers.
TCFB got a Grilled Chicken Burger with BB’s chilli sauce, while I got the Char-Grilled Cheese Burger.
TCFB really enjoyed the chicken burger and loved the sauce and texture of the chicken. We were told that the sauce is the original Oportos recipe which Gary, the owner of Buns and Balls kept when he sold Oportos, his previous business.
Chicken Burger, $10
I really enjoyed the beef burger.
It seemed as if the beef was just perfectly cooked and spoke for itself. In comparison I felt that the chicken’s sauce did the talking for that burger, which is fine as chicken often has less flavour than beef, I find.
Char-grilled Cheese Burger, $10
Last of all came our deserts.
Served on one wooded board was both an ice cream sandwich and doughnuts in chocolate. The doughnuts were amazing, they didn’t feel heavy or oily at all, but were simply crisp on the outside and soft on the inside; the chocolate sauce that we dipped them in complemented it perfectly.
TCFB preferred this; however my obsession was with the ice cream sandwich.
It was one of the best tasting cookies I had ever had, sandwiching in the ice cream between its choc-chips. The warmth of the cookie and the coldness of the ice cream contrasted well, and I was definitely a fan of this desert.
Donut bites, $8 and Ice Cream Block, $14 to share (with 3 sandwiches)
P.S Here are some pics of more food we tried when we visited another time:
Hand-cut and twice cooked fries, $8.00
Sweet potato fries, $9.00
The food tasted amazing and it was a great night with a great atmosphere.
The music was great and it was pleasantly filled with a good amount of people. Service was quick and friendly.
While some items may be considered slightly pricy, I feel it is a great place to go with friends or family for a tasty feed!
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 8
- Food- 8
- Ambience- 7.5
- Value – 7