Just around the corner from our hotel in Sydney was the new Westfield, home to the most amazing food court I’ve ever seen. It was like a huge room full of top-notch restaurants, take-away style, so very gourmet. There are a few places that also offer table service and one of them is Charlie & Co Burgers. Written on newsprint, the menu has a little story about the first burger and explains where the ‘Co’ in their name comes from. It’s for all the producers who supply their ingredients. As much as they can, they source the ingredients from within 200km of Sydney and the buns are home-baked.
You do pay a little bit extra for the privilege, but we decided table service was the go to escape the Monday lunch rush in the main food court. After scanning the options I was torn between the The Rustic Chorizo Classic and The Macho Mexican but decided on The Macho Mexican – spiced minced beef, chilli beans, guacamole, lettuce, cheddar, tomato salsa and sour cream. I loved the added bonus of beans on a burger but it was a tiny bit lacking in cheese. I like lots of cheese and would gladly have substituted the lettuce for extra cheese (I pulled the lettuce out – I personally think eating lettuce is a waste of the energy it takes to chew it but that’s just me). The burger was mildly flavoured with Mexican spices and perfectly cooked but a little extra kick in the meat would have perfected it.
Just to round off the weekend of non-stop eating I also ordered a side of parmesan truffle fries, purely because who can resist chips coated in cheese and truffle? They were delicious as you would expect and nice and crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, something which seems to be a rare thing.
Will ordered The Classic Fried chicken – served with iceberg lettuce, tomato and herb and garlic mayonnaise. I didn’t get a taste of this (he was too quick) but the report was good. The chicken looked tender and not dry like it can be when it’s thinly-cut like that.
Before you start judging us can I please inform you that we didn’t see how big the fries were before we ordered a bowl each. A ‘side of fries’ in my book is a little bowl for one person not a mountain. Needless to say we didn’t get through all our fries but Will’s were just as perfectly cooked as mine. Another bonus is you can have any sauce you like for no extra charge. It really annoys me when you get charged $2 for aioli when you order fries.
I enjoyed my Charlie & Co lunch and judging by how full the restaurant was and how many people outside were eating their burgers they’re a hit with the locals too.
Charlie & Co Burgers is located on level 5 of the new Westfield centre, Cnr Market & Castlereagh St, Sydney.