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Charlie & Co Burgers, Sydney

There has been so much hype about Charlie & Co, which is located on the level five food court of the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney. It is the latest venture by Justin North who is behind Restaurant Becasse, Plan B, Etch and Le Grand Café.

I have heard a lot about the burgers here – good and bad, and wanted to try for myself as I am always on the lookout for a ‘good’ burger.

I came here one lunch time with a dear food lover, C. We arrived at about 12.20pm, and even after it has been opened for a few weeks, the place was still buzzing. We waited for a good 20 – 30 mins before it was our turn to order.

C and I thought we would share two burgers – the classic wagyu burger and the federation burger. The wagyu burger with beetroot relish, pickled gherkin and aged cheddar on a toasted brioche is their classic and biggest seller thus far.

The federation burger comprised of a seasoned Angus beef patty, aged cheddar, fried egg, bacon, sautéed onions, iceberg lettuce and tomato on a sesame sourdough bun. There is a $2 difference if you want to sit inside their restaurant area (which isn’t really that big) but we opted for eat-out and sat at one of the tables near the counter.

Trying to cut the burger into halves was a challenge, we tried to cut it as neatly as possible without making too much of a mess! I thought the classic wagyu burger was a little dry. The patty wasn’t as succulent as I have hoped, even the beetroot relish which I loved, couldn’t save it. I thought it lacked a little flavour, it was missing something – the moistness, the messiness, and that ‘juicy’ factor.

The federation burger was a little better. The fried egg, bacon and sautéed onions gave it a little bit of the flavouring. I thought the Angus beef patty was more succulent. It was a little juicer and a little on the messy side – as you can see I like messy burgers! The messier the burger the better. I like how sauce trickle down my hands as I take each mouthful. Unfortunately, it didn’t have that effect with either burgers.

All the burger buns are baked fresh at the Becasse bakery which is in the Westfield complex. Apparently, it is due to open shortly.

We also ordered a side of the fries – the parmesan and truffle oil and they are really something! Delicious golden, thick cut crispy fries with fresh grated parmesan cheese and a bit of truffle oil for that extra flavouring. C and I could not stop eating them – it was hard to stop once you start and before we knew it, half was gone! If you love truffle oil then this is for you! This would be the highlight for me.

It seems the menu has an international theme, there is a Malaysian chicken burger, Marrakesh lamb burger, Mexican spiced minced beef with chili beans and for the vegetarians, a producers’ burger of marinated local mushrooms, haloumi and sun dried tomatoes.

So why the name Charlie and Co?  It is a homage to Hamburger Charlie (who was born in Wisconsin and at age 15 invented the burger concept). The Co refers to the various people that is involved in making the place happen – so the kitchen, the restaurant, the etc.

Apparently Justin is also looking at other suitable venues for the Charlie & Co brand, with the Opera house already agreed and opening shortly.

For me, I was a little disappointed with the burger, I had so much expectations that it truly did disappoint. I haven’t been to Plan B for such a long time that I can’t really describe the burgers. However, I do remember raving about them.

So where’s the best burger you’ve had? Me, I really don’t have to think about it – it’s DEFINITELY Dan Hong’s cheese burger – a tower of frigging goodness!

GA’s rating: 6 / 10

86-100 Market Street, Westfield Sydney

Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 8072 7777

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  1. November 29, 2010 at 1:33 am

    i had lunch before i got to charlie and co. had the fries. but i didn’t get grated cheese on mine? it did taste of truffle….. but i am a little disappointed abt the lack of cheese on my order. and we ordered the parmesan and truffle fries. from all accounts, the burger is more miss than hit… i think i will pass on this ….

    • November 29, 2010 at 1:35 am

      we had a lot of grated cheese – all fell to the bottom of the bowl! ya – don’t think i will be back…

  2. November 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Aww I was hoping that the hype wouldn’t compromise the quality of the food. I remember having plan B’s burgers many times and I was never disappointed with them :/

    • November 29, 2010 at 1:42 am

      they might improve…. but i agree with you – although i havent been to plan b for a while, they were awesome!

  3. November 30, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Wow – messy burgers! I felt a little the same about the wagyu pattie. But the fries are SO good!

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