South Carolina-inspired venue opens in Sydney

04 December, 2018 by
Madeline Woolway

The Charleston has opened on Glebe Point Road, bringing Southern charm to the Inner West.

The venue, which is named after South Carolina’s seaside city Charleston, is the second venue from Rob Teitzel and Osman Misirlizade, who also co-own Balmain’s The Cottage Bar & Kitchen.

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The pair enlisted interior designer Matt Woods (Beccafico, The Rooftop, Percy Plunkett) to create a space that reflects modern Southern-living. Combined with exposed brickwork, the dusty pink walls and periwinkle seating call to mind the pastel-coloured houses of Charleston’s waterfront, while a marble bar with rose gold accents adds a touch of modernity and a large skydoor baths the 60-seat venue in natural light.

The open-plan kitchen is led by head chef Ellen Kim (ex-The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room and Uccello), who has a designed a menu inspired by the shoreline of South Carolina. Signature dishes include the lobster roll with kohlrabi, apple remoulade and house-made pickle served in a Luxe milk bun and the corn tortilla tacos with a choice of fish, pulled pork or cauliflower popcorn fillings. Small and large dishes to share include baby octopus with olives; minted peas puree, pea shoots and watermelon radish; and BBQ beef short rib served with sweet corn and chimichurri. Brioche donuts with bourbon glaze are on offer for dessert.

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Cocktails come in the shape playful takes on classics that give a nod to southern-roots, including infused sweet teas. Summer cocktails include, the Charleston sling with lemon grass infused gin, rose hip tea, lemon juice, simple syrup and the Carolina high tea wit Bulleit rye bourbon, peach liqueur, peach iced tea, lemon juice.

The Charleston is open Tuesday to Wednesday 5pm–late, Thursday to Saturday 12pm–late and Sunday 12pm—10pm.

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