Parmesan and truffle fries $8
Everybody's talking about them. The parmesan and truffle fries at Justin North's burger joint Charlie & Co. have created a new obsession for hungry Sydneysiders.
The frantic crowds that swarmed Westfield Sydney when it first opened have now thankfully dissipated. We found no crowds when we visited midweek at 6pm, although the last-minute Christmas rush and Boxing Day sales are likely to herald a return of manic busy-ness.
Patrons can choose to dine in - taking a seat in the small reserved seating area where a few dollars more for each burger will earn you table service and the ability to purchase alcohol. Otherwise you can take the cheaper option and order takeaway, clutching onto a buzzer that will flash and vibrate when your order is ready.
The banquette seating along the wall is open to all food court patrons - not just Charlie & Co diners - but visitors should also check out the seating in the adjacent corner behind the Cloudy Bay Fish Co which offers picturesque views of Market Street and Hyde Park.
The Macho Mexican $13
Spiced minced beef, chilli beans, guacamole, tomato salsa and sour cream
We order a trio of burgers and a couple of sides to share. The Macho Mexican isn't as spicy as we'd expect; the New Yorker is a tender strip sirloin tucked up with a blanket of melted smoked cheddar cheese and piled into a toasted baguette.
The New Yorker $10
Grilled sirloin, tomatoes, onion and smoked cheddar
with spiced tomato relish on a baguette
The Classic Fried Chicken $14
Served with iceberg lettuce, tomato, and herb and garlic mayonnaise
I opt for the Classic Fried Chicken, two pieces of crumbed chicken fillet that are surprisingly delicate and juicy. It's stacked on a bun with lettuce, tomato and garlicky mayonnaise to a height that threatens to dislocate your jaw at first bite.
Onion rings $7
The fragrance of the truffle fries hits us as soon as we return with it our table. There's only a smattering of parmesan cheese, and we find the fries today are a little overcooked and more crunchy than fluffy. Truffle oil is nothing like fresh truffles, but there's a little sense of luxury imparted in the bowl that would easily feed two or three as a side.
Onion rings are also generous in portion, a tangle of sweet onion that is soft and sticky beneath its crisp batter. It's amazing how many onion rings you can fit into a bowl, and how long it will take to eat them, but we plow on with determination, until a handful of crumbs are the only evidence they ever existed.
Grab Your Fork and companions dined as guests of Charlie & Co. Burgers
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Charlie & Co. Burgers
Shop 509, Level 5, Westfield Sydney
Corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8072 7777
Monday to Wednesday 9.30am-6.30pm
Friday and Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm
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