Charles & Gamon, 2 Gamon St, Seddon. Phone: 9995 8868
The box-shaped building on the corner of Gamon and Charles has a colourful history – one that has been discussed on various comment threads here at Consider The Sauce.
It goes something like this: Servo, Balkan restaurant, cafe (The Bowser?), Sobraso, Charles & Gamon and – bringing us right up to date – Charles & Gamon once more. There may be missing stages in that list!
Visiting to check out the newest iteration, I am thrilled to bits to have it pointed out to me that evidence of the Balkan grill part of the building’s history remains on the brickwork in the form of “Bery’s charcoal grill” signage.
How cool is that?
We’ve driven/walked past a gazillion times in the past couple of decades and never noticed!
Anyone who has passed in the couple of months will likely have noticed that the outdoor garden area remains VERY popular.
Inside, new management has wrought many changes.
While retaining the C&G name, the new look is much brighter and lighter.
We like the way the seating arrangements are so diverse – a big communal tables, several smaller, some armchairs, a few tall tables with stalls.
They say: “Step in and linger a while.”
Disclosure: One partner of the new team running C&G is my accountant – and a top bloke he is, too.
But he knows me quite well enough to know that I will cut him no slack when trying out the food – even if we aren’t paying.
We are expecting glorified bar food and a pizza list.
What we get is better than that – and sometimes wonderfully so (see menu below).
We never boil/steam asparagus at home – it always gets the high-heat, flash-fry treatment; and we love it that way.
So we have no hesitation in ordering the charred seasonal greens of asparagus and broccolini with pecorino and lemon zest ($11).
It’s excellent, though I’m told asparagus prices will dictate a replacement ingredient very soon.
We are a little wary of ordering hummus is such an establishment on account of the fact we eat so much Lebanese and related food elsewhere.
But the C&G version is recommended to us by our server so we take the plunge – and end up delighted.
The C&G hummus ($15) has a seasoning tang that is utterly alluring.
Nope, it’s all about dukkah we are informed.
Topped with walnut crumbs and half a dozen roasted tomatoes, this is a winner.
From a list of seven pizzas, the margherita ($22) is also recommended to us.
It’s beautiful in its simplicity – fior di latte, basil, cherry tomatoes, love.
We reckon this as good a pizza as you’ll find in the inner west.
Bennie is more enamoured of the buttermilk chicken sandwich ($20) than I.
And he is, after all, the CTS expert.
He digs the crunchy and juicy chicken, the mustardy dressing and even the iceberg lettuce.
The chips are good enough, though could be bit hotter.
We like that they are festooned with rock salt and chopped parsley.
We’ll be back at the new C&G – particularly to explore in more dept the pizza list.
(Consider The Sauce dined at Charles & Gamon as guests of the management and we did not pay for our meals. We were free to order whatever we wished. Charles & Gamon management neither sought nor was granted any input, oversight or pre-publication access to his story.)