Hi howdy hello fellow café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! After hearing so many good things about Sir Charles, I decided that it was about time that I give it a go. I went there recently with my Dad for breakfast and we both really enjoyed it.
Sir Charles is apart of the CCC Group (Coffee Culture Communication Group), which also runs a number of other cafés around Melbourne. These include Addicted Food and Coffee, Blue Fox, Einstein’s 251, Liar Liar, Loco Coffee and Prospect Espresso. They were established in 2015 and were founded on the principle of a passion for hospitality and café culture.
Sir Charles was fairly easy to find, but parking on the other hand was a bit of a mission. There wasn’t much parking in the area and if you are lucky to find a spot it’s usually in an hour time zone.
They were very busy by the time we got there and had to give our name at the door and wait for a table. We only seemed to wait for 3 to 4 minutes when we were seated.
FOOD & DRINKS
Sir Charles has a good-sized menu, which offers a good selection of sweet and savoury breakfasts. They are also offer dishes for our vegetarian and vegan friends as well as those that are gluten sensitive.
The following menu photos were taken at the end of May 2016 and might have changed.
I ordered a latte; it took a little longer than usual to come to the table. It took about 12 minutes to arrive, which is quite a long time. But I completely understand as they have quite a big floor space and they were so busy.
I thought that it was a great coffee! It would have scored a perfect 5 but it came to the table rather cold. I loved the taste of the coffee; it had a rich flavour and a thick and creamy constancy.
Coffee rating: 4/5
My Dad ordered a filtered coffee and he said that it was average, it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t amazing. But he said that it was hot and it was served in a very unique way.
Coffee rating: 3/5
My Dad ordered the #Hash which was a potato hash with roasted field mushrooms, grilled haloumi, confit tomato, chilli and coriander chutney and a poached egg served with sourdough toast. When it arrived at the table it looked might tasty.
The golden toast and the red of the confit tomato stood out against the black plate. As my Dad cut through the stack you could hear the slight crunch from the potato hash. He said that the potato hash was delicious! He said that it had an excellent crunch on the outside and soft and fluffy inside.
The richness of the grilled haloumi cheese had a brilliant flavour and texture and paired beautifully with both the hash and the mushroom. He said that the chutney was INCREDIABLE! He said that it was definitely a standout and added an extra depth of flavour.
I ordered the Eton Mess Waffle, which was Belgian waffle with crispy meringue, jelly tip ice cream, marshmallow and fresh berries. It looked so beautiful when it arrived at the table. The vibrant colours from the meringues and marshmallows against the black plate were exquisite. They really brought the whole dish to life and made the dish fun and something quite different to your run of the mill waffles and syrup. The meringues themselves were fantastic! Each colour had its own individual flavour, with the blue tasting like blueberry, the pink like strawberry and the yellow like citrus. The marshmallow was soft and fluffy and just melted in your mouth.
The jelly tip ice cream and an interesting flavour, it’s very difficult to describe but it left a smooth mouth feel and went really well with the other elements in the dish.
Finally the waffle itself was great! It had this beautiful golden brown colour on the outside, which gave it a nice crunch. The inside was soft and fluffy.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Sir Charles has quite a large floor space and therefore has a large number of tables.
As I said earlier, Sir Charles was very busy when we got there and I can imagine that they have people lining up for ages to get a table over the weekend period. I would suggest getting to Sir Charles on the weekends before 10 in the morning to grab a table before they all go, otherwise you might have to wait.
The employees at Sir Charles are all friendly and greet you with a warm smile and they do their best to seat you as quick as they can.
Sir Charles is decorated with care; we both loved the polished flooring as it really added to their industrial feel. The large picture on the wall gave customers something interesting to look at instead of a plain brick wall.
At the counter at the front of the café they had the most incredible looking pastries and sweet treats. But after eating such a rich breakfast I couldn’t possibly have eaten one, but I think I might have to go back and try one.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SIR CHARLES
Address: 121 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 6122 0332
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited Sir Charles before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,