Glebe's culinary scene covers numerous nations – from Sri Lanka and Nepal to Greek and Persian. Its latest addition extends even further the neighbourhood's geographical reach. Meet The Charleston, a restaurant and cocktail bar inspired by the vast beaches of South Carolina, which opened on Friday, November 23.
Behind this laidback spot are Rob Teitzel and Osman Misirlizade, co-owners of Balmain's Cottage Bar & Kitchen. Stepping off Glebe Point Road and into the eatery's dusky pink interior, you're instantly whisked away to the Deep South coast. The duo collaborated with designer Matt Woods (Beccafico, The Rooftop) to create a light, breezy feel – helped along by generous skylights, hanging plants and periwinkle blue seating.
In the kitchen, you'll find Head Chef Ellena Kim (The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, Uccello), whose dishes are big on seafood and spice. Among them are a luxe (large) lobster roll with kohlrabi, apple remoulade and house pickle ($42 — the most expensive menu item); corn tortilla tacos with fish ($6.5), pulled pork ($6.5) or cauliflower popcorn ($5); and freshly shucked Sydney Rock oysters ($4.5). Bigger plates include beef short ribs with chimichurri ($32) and jumbo prawns ($28) with hefty lashings of garlic butter.
Find a match on the summery signature cocktail list — be it The Charleston Sling ($17) with lemon-grass infused gin and rose hip tea or the Carolina High Tea ($18) with Bulleit rye bourbon, peach liqueur and peach iced tea. Or one of the local beers — at the moment it's Young Henrys and Grifter — on tap.