Charles & Gamon
Charles & Gamon is named after the two streets it sits on the corner of. The restaurant and bar was previously known as Sabroso, until co-owner Alex Metcalfe bought out his partners.
The rebrand also brought a change of focus, to ethically and sustainably sourced cuts of meat. The menu isn’t influenced by any one cuisine – it’s more about presenting meat in a variety of ways.
To start there’s a range of salty beer snacks and sliders, plus charcuterie and terrines. Larger options include confit lamb shoulder, steak, pork and pan-fried fish. There’s also a smaller range of vegetarian dishes, such as a mushroom tart with shallot puree, silverbeet and Gruyere.
At the bar, there’s a big focus on local breweries and small wineries. The drinks list of 30-odd names rotates regularly and all wine is available by the glass. Cheese is on hand for matching.
The interior trades in polish for something a little bit raw and rustic, with warm wood tones. Although some may find it slightly unsettling to see a cowhide or a stag head hanging on the wall while they eat meat from that animal, at least there’s no mistaking the theme.