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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Charlie & Co Burgers, Westfield Sydney

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

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday 9.30am-6.30pm
Thursday 9.30am-9.00pm
Friday and Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Related Grab Your Fork posts:
Food tour of Westfield Sydney
Plan B by Becasse, Sydney
18 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 12/22/2010 01:31:00 am


  • At 12/22/2010 8:25 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    The New Yorker looks fabulously drool-worthy!

  • At 12/22/2010 9:29 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    mmm fries mmm why so tasty

  • At 12/22/2010 9:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The parmesan and truffle fried attracted me there last weekend. Totally agree the truffle oil does not taste anywhere near the real deal but it does give an inviting aroma and a sense of luxury.

  • At 12/22/2010 10:22 am, Blogger Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said…

    Oh my! I need to get here asap! I think i'll wait till after the madness has subsided! Everything looks amazing!

  • At 12/22/2010 10:29 am, Blogger Phuoc'n Delicious said…

    Damn you city workers! Having all the luxuries of the eateries in the city, I only have Rhodes food court and the hospital cafeteria (and we all know what hospital food is like).

    Anywho... Those fries look and sound so tasty. And those burgers... *drools* I want!

  • At 12/22/2010 10:50 am, Anonymous Shaun @ Everybody Loves Ramen said…

    OMG. omg. omgomgomgomgomg. I am drooling right now. I haven't even had breakfast but I want truffle fries, onion rings and BURGER.

    Is burger a breakfast food? I think it is.

  • At 12/22/2010 11:05 am, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Thank you, Helen. Even with my sweet tooth, I've been a bit overwhelmed by the amount of cookies and fudges and cakes in the blogosphere during the holiday season! Burgers and fries are such a relief to look at :P

  • At 12/22/2010 4:51 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    no classic wagyu beef burger this time? i think the chicken is the next on my list as i wasn't particularly happy with the wagyu last time. i think i'll have to try the onion rings too.

  • At 12/22/2010 6:13 pm, Anonymous FoodieChat said…

    I loved the fries but I had the standard beef burger and it was horrible, like a rissole :( Maybe it was first week teething issues.

  • At 12/22/2010 7:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    tried their wagyu burger.. wasnt happy: it was dry, not tasty at all .. and the 16 dollars didnt make it any better... wont be back there.. at least i tried it once though

  • At 12/22/2010 8:41 pm, Blogger Alessandra said…

    Parmesan and truffle fries? Must remember this next time I come your way!


  • At 12/22/2010 8:50 pm, Blogger Jen said…

    My order of fries a few weeks ago had a lot more cheese than in your photo, so maybe you just got a dud ;)
    I didn't love the burgers. I think the Plan B burger is so much better. And my hot dog was overwhelmed in too much mustard, it made my nose runny!

  • At 12/22/2010 9:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    mmmmmm that new yorker has my name all over it! and truffle cheese fries!?!?!

  • At 12/23/2010 7:39 am, Blogger Gourmet Getaway said…

    I am pleased the crowds have died down a little. I have been curious to try Charlie & Co. It is a little disappointing to hear the reviews but I am still craving onion rings and fries and a burger selction to die for!

  • At 12/23/2010 11:44 am, Anonymous Howard said…

    I went to the Opera Kitchen store yesterday, had the Federation burger with fries for $22! Burger is actually pretty good, I prefer it over the wagyu. I added $2 for parmesan and truffle but there was hardly any on there!

  • At 12/27/2010 1:31 pm, Blogger Miss Tweety said…

    i ate here twice last week! advantages of working across the road. the fries are the best! i tried the federation burger. i'm weak and couldn't finish it!

  • At 12/27/2010 4:23 pm, Anonymous dana said…

    the french fries look soo yummy..and the burger's too..
    Happy holidays!!

  • At 1/02/2011 4:03 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Thanks for your comments everyone.

    Hi Ellie - I agree, truffle oil just isn't the same but it certainly adds some pizazz to the humble chip.

    Hi Phuoc - Awww. I do like working in the city, but think of the peak hour we must endure. lol

    Hi Shaun - Burgers are definitely breakfast foods.

    Hi Hannah - haha I never thought I'd hear you say that!

    Hi Anon - Thanks for your feedback. I didn't have the wagyu burger on this occasion but the chicken burger was awesome.

    Hi Jen - I think so too. Suze has had the truffle fries several time and vouched it is usually much better.

    Hi Gourmet Getaway - I think the trick is still to get there early or late, but yes the monster crowds when it first opened appear to have calmed down, thank goodness.

    Hi Howard - Bummer. The view hopefully made up for it!


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