15 Oct Sir Charles, Fitzroy
I still remember the first time I came to Sir Charles, and how their Sir Charles Benedict left a very fond memory. It’s always a pleasure to return to cafes to see how the menu has evolved, and whether the experience still lives up to initial impressions.
The Pork Burger is a tasty thing. Instead of coming as a separate component, the pulled pork is mixed with mozzarella and turned into a big, fat, crispy croquette. Also in the bun Is apple cider mayo, BBQ sauce and an apple and pickled fennel slaw, making it filling and a rather tasty eat. They come with kimchi fries too, though they’d be better if there was more kimchi.
Their Chilli Scramble Sir is a pretty thing. The scrambled free range eggs, feature their signature orange chilli sambal, chilli oil, fresh chilli, toasted sesame, coriander, Vietnamese mint, whipped lime creme fraiche and a pretty coral tuille. It sounds like there’s a whole lot of chilli going on, but it’s not super spicy.
In an exciting take on the smashed avo, The Smash comes with cauliflower popcorn. I wish the cauliflower was available as a side on its own. Of course, their signature Sir Charles Benedict is still on the menu. Its panko-crumbed eggs, sriracha hollandaise, bacon, fresh chilli and roti will always be one of my favourite brunch dishes.
Many cafes are starting to do Fried Chicken Waffles now. Sir Charles retains its Asian influences here by combining the flavours of maple sauce with kimchi salad and a tasty burnt chilli mayo. The mayo goes particularly well with a side of chips.
The Eton Mess Waffle is topped with jelly tip ice cream, Nutella foam, berry gel, hazelnut praline, blueberry marshmallows, fresh berries and raspberry meringue. The Nutella foam and praline are very good, and the waffle has a few crispy bits along the edges.
Jelly Doughnut Balls are filled with strawberry jam. Orange gel, white chocolate crumb, whipped vanilla mascarpone and toasted pistachios keep things fresh and interesting. Dark chocolate sauce is provided in a syringe so you can drizzle to your heart’s content.
Counter sweets, including their giant cronuts, are made either in-house, or delivered fresh daily from their sister café Au79.
It’s been a long time between visits, but Sir Charles is still one of my favourite cafes in Fitzroy. Apart from their delicious regular menu, a constantly changing specials menu means there’s always a good reason to return.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Sir Charles as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
121 Johnston Street
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
(03) 9415 7077