Another Justin North extraordinaire. Upon first observation, you can be forgiven for thinking that opulence and luxury meets old style country town bistro, and especially in America. This is the exact charm and chicness that Charlie & Co. Burgers at Westfield Sydney is known for. A great homage to 'Hamburger Charlie' of Seymour in Wisconsin.
This is glorified fast food with an emphasis on slow food. To imply fast food in this establishment means speedy service. To imply slow food is a quality dish that tastes nothing like fast food. You need to be in the mood for something gourmet, otherwise your money is better spent on cheap, fashion food McDonald's. You will have a much better burger experience.
However, in saying that Charlie & Co. Burgers is a glorified, healthy fast food style restaurant, believe it or not their burgers are fresh, filling and flavoursome. Don't take my word for it. Come here at lunchtime on any given day, and you will know what I am on about here. If you do quite well with queues and can actually harness the power of the law of attraction to your advantage to be served rather quickly and find the table that you want to sit down at (cow fur or otherwise), then you can tolerate the fanfare and business of this establishment. Otherwise come after 3pm and you will be served quickly.
The Charlie Wagyu Burger with beetroot, pickled gherkins, cheese and aioli is $13 well spent. The organic iced white tea with elderflower and lemon ($4.50) is the perfect side drink to such an amazing burger. The decor upon entering this bistro puts many people in the mood for beef. The wagyu beef was just divine. Filling, well cooked and hearty. One of the best wagyu beef pieces I have ever tried in the city. It's true to form. The bun has that sugary glazed look, yet it is well toasted. No ordinary sesame seed buns here. Their buns remind you of the buns served at one of Sydney's food trucks, Eat Art Truck. The aioli blended in beautifully with the gherkins, beef, cheese and beetroot. You can choose to order some chips on the side ($6) if you choose.
Enjoying the refreshing organic white tea before the burger was ready
The service process is quite seamless, although it would have been ideal to have received a glass to go with my drink. Otherwise the experience is quick and fuss free. Upon ordering and paying for your food at the main counter, you're handed a pager to collect your food. Simple decor and bright lights reign. This is where the country meets the city. There are also menu options for vegetarians here.
Inside the Sydney Room - the view from where I was sitting