Charlie & Co Burgers, Westfield Sydney

www.charlieandco.com.au 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $8 – $10
Main: $15 – $20
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 20 mins – 25 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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The A$1.2 billion Sydney Westfield finally opened last week located under Sydney Tower between Pitt Street Mall, Castlereagh Street and Market Street. I have joined the crowd to try the latest creation of Justin North – Charlie & Co. One of the Sydney highest profile chef whom is also owner of Becasse, Etch, Plan B and Le Grand Café. Burgers are no longer a fast food thing, Justin North has designed a menu that maintains the integrity of premium, fresh produce, all locally sourced to create a flavoursome and juicy burger like no other. In saying that, I will be comparing the burgers with Grill’d because it is still my no. 1 favourite burger place.

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I must say, it was an expensive lunch. Five of us bought a total of four burgers and three chips to share, total bill of $86.

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Burgers are all delicately made with the finest ingredients, looking from the glass window I can clearly see the ingredients they put in. from tomato salsa to lettuce and the mayo and buns. They operate like a Subway and systematically pass the burger to the person to the right for the next step.

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The Wagyu & Co. Burger – Wagyu Burger with beetroot relish, pickled gherkin and aged cheddar on a toasted brioche bun, $16

The Wagyu Burger was clearly the most popular burger. At first glance, the portion seems lean but the big flavours make up for size. The meat patty was just right, not overly lean or fat. It comes with the aged cheddar nicely melted on top, with the mayo oozing out on the first bite was just amazing.

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The Rustic Chorizo Classic – Pork burger infused with smoked paprika, chorizo and fennel, with soft peppers and fried egg on a toasted brioche bun, $16

I opted for the Chorizo classic, I really like the original idea of a pork burger combining chorizo and egg. It was just gigantic and I could only ate half. Inside was a thick pork patty with two chorizo and a fried egg. The fried egg was a little bit over cooked and the meat was too lean for me. But bags and bags of flavours coming from the paprika and grilled capsicum was just awesome.

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The Laden Malayan Chicken Burger – Infused with cumin, coriander, chilli, galangal, shrimp paste and satay sauce on a sesame bun, $15

I didn’t get to taste the Malayan Chicken but my friend said it was beautiful.

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Herb Fries, $7

The fries was not as good as the Grill’d because I think it was a bit overly fried and some of them are quite chewy and hard.

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Parmesan and truffle fries, $8

The truffle fries was beautiful although I don’t know the little white stuff on top is truffle or mainly parmesan.

 

Conclusion: Overall, I think it was a good try. The burger here are slightly smaller compare to Grill’d but for a higher price. The bread are soft but not toasted. This is also another thing which I don’t like about. But in terms of flavours I think they nailed it. I also don’t have the bloated and oily feeling after the meal, which was a good sign. But keep in mind you will be dining at a food court environment but paying a higher price.

 

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Address:

Corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Wed, Friday – Sat: 9:30 to 18:30, Thurs: 9:30 to 21:00, Sun: 10:00 to 18:00  
Ph:+612-8236-9200
Web: www.charlieandco.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St  
By Train: Town Hall Station  
By Bus:

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OohLookBel
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 00:39:41

    Nice review of the burgers! Now I know what to expect when I join the queue…

    Reply

  2. Iron Chef Shellie
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 12:03:17

    Brioche bun? mmmmmmm yes please

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  3. Tina@foodboozeshoes
    Nov 22, 2010 @ 11:38:08

    Thanks for the thorough review! Not sure I could handle a pork pattie AND chorizo…!

    Reply

  4. bizTorque
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 02:57:25

    Thanks for a great review… tried it today. As you said, the Wagyu is popular and the burger is quite tender and pretty big. Loved your review on Grill’d and I think Grill’d has a more refreshing taste with more fresh garnishes than Charlies. In fact, by the end, I found the burger quite dry. The side order of chips was huge, and not as tasty as it could have been. Overall, for the price of this gourmet burger, the taste doesn’t justify it. It doesn’t burst with juicy burger flavours.

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