Charlie and Co, Westfield Sydney

By now, the nation is swept by the idea of Heston Blumenthal’s “perfect” 4.5 pages long cheeseburger recipe, thanks to last night’s Masterchef episode. The quest of finding the most mouth watering, juicy meat and fluffy bun is a never ending one. This is evident in the recent Burger Wars by TimeOut from which Neil Perry emerged as king of the burgers.

Heston Blumenthal "perfect" burger in Masterchef

It is therefore apt for Foodyphile to venture out to Westfield on a rainy day to satiate the appetite for a burger. Charlie & Co is a burger joint started by Justin North (owner of Becasse and Plan B), a perfect addition to the swanky Westfield food court.

Foodyphile tried its famous Wagyu & Co Burger- wagyu burger with beetroot relish, pickled gherkin, lettuce, aged cheddar and aioli on a sesame bun. The wagyu patty was juicy and succulent with fatty goodness. It was refreshing to know Justin North has changed sliced beetroot previously served in Plan B burgers to a relish. The bun was also an improvement from Plan B burgers too. Freshly baked on the premise, they are soft and almost brioche-like.

Wagyu Burger

The other burger is the Federation Burger– Seasoned Angus beef pattie with tomato relish, tomatoes, lettuce, aged cheddar, fried egg, bacon, sautéed onion and aioli. The meat was also a winner! The only regret was that the egg yolk was not runny.

Federation Burger

The American feast did not stop there. The two sides of Onion Rings and Truffle and Parmesan Fries are the perfect companions. I personally like the onion rings with subtle onion flavours dipped in ketchup. The fries have traces of earthy truffle oil and sharp parmesan cheese.

Onion rings

Onion rings

Parmesan and truffle fries

Note: The urban spoon review really does not do the burgers any justice. Or maybe I came with the lowest expectation and compared it to the previous Plan B burgers. But do give it a go and drop a comment if you know of any other good burgers in Australia or anywhere around the world! 😉

Let the burger wars begin!

Charlie & Co Burgers on Urbanspoon

19 Responses to “Charlie and Co, Westfield Sydney”
  1. love your photos! mm got a burger craving now 😀
    and omg how cool was that dry ice milkshake!

    • foodyphile says:

      Thank you vivian! YES, blame masterchef! 😉 I was salivating at the TV when they bit into the burgers and meat juices dripped down.

      -Helena @ Foodyphile

  2. Pierre says:

    Just ate a burger in Burger Fuel. If you ever come to NZ, try some. It’s not the best, but it’s decent and commercial.
    I’ve been craving to make a burger too, still looking for the perfect recipe for the bun. Heston’s technique surely work a treat, especially with NZ gamey beef. I prefer that than Wagyu or Angus, they’re just over-rated and over-kill (not juicy but more muggy). Heston doesn’t use fancy beef too if I remember correctly.

    • foodyphile says:

      Yea we have Burger Fuel over here, the other foody loves Burger Fuel, I heard the Wagyu burger and that sweet potato chips are syuhperb! Yet to try!

      Heston had Wagyu as one of the four cuts in that pattie. But the rest of the meats are just normal cuts. You should watch Heston’s In search of Perfection : Burger. The recipe and the methods are shown very clearly 🙂

      The buns was made by using a very wet mixture. The way he calculated how big a human’s jaw can open is also amazing.

  3. I haven’t been impressed with the burgers at Charlie & Co as yet. it’s a shame because i’m sure they’re trying to make them the best they can. i sort of agree with the urbanspoon rating of 45% but it might also be the fact that expectations are high due to the high price.

    • foodyphile says:

      Hi Simon! It made quite an impression, maybe because I was comparing it with the Plan B burgers which were a huge let-down for me. I also came to Charlie and Co bearing a very low expectation given the 45% Urban Spoon review. But I am always in search of better burgers 🙂 Do let us know of good burger joints

      -Helena @ Foodyphile

  4. omgs your photos are freaking awesome! i find the burgers at charlie & co a bit hit and miss but i super love the parmesan fries yum

  5. Lovely photos!
    The RB&G burger is pretty darn good, though I haven’t tried all the others in the Burger Wars….

  6. MissPiggy says:

    I tried their fries & onion rings a few weeks ago. I loved the onion rings, but the fries were too oily for my liking. My favourite burger place in Sydney is Burger Joint on Liverpool Street in Darlinghurst…worth a visit.

    • foodyphile says:

      I have to agree with you. I demolished the onion rings but left a lot of the fries because I found them to be too oily. Resisted the urge to dab them with tissues!
      -Helena @ Foodyphile

  7. sugarpuffi says:

    im ashamed to say that i still havent ate at charlie and co yet :/ the truffle fries looks freakin good

    • foodyphile says:

      I am a little late myself. Plenty of time for you to drop by! Its a good idea to drop by when they are not that busy with customers

      -Helena @ Foodyphile

  8. creamythecat says:

    So glad I ate here when I was in Sydney- the fried are esp good.

  9. Love burgers so glad I ate here when I was in Sydney- the fried are esp good.

  10. Gianna says:

    I do love my cheeseburgers! It’s a shame plan b was a little bit of a let down, but glad this place made it up. I haven’t had a “perfect” experience at Charlie and co but it’s the fries and onion rings that keep me coming back!!

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