121 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Another weekend coming, another opportunity for brunch : ) Last weekend my husband woke me up with “get up and dressed so I can take you out for breakfast.” I helped him out with a bit of work he took home over the weekend, and was more than happy to accept payment in the form of food. So, I hauled ass out of bed, grabbed my stuff, and just about ran to the car. It’s exciting anyway, but even better that it was my choice; I’d been wanting to get to Sir Charles for ages. Residing in the old Bean & Bagels space, with a small relic of the building’s past occupants still visible, it’s now a stunning space with high ceilings and benches, the requisite industrial-hipster interior with gorgeous brass and timber accents, lots of white, and natural light. Just the kind of space I absolutely love.
Drinks first. I was pretty happy to see Larsen & Thompson tea on the menu; their Assam English Breakfast tea is a bit of a favourite of mine at the moment. I’m also loving their lemongrass and ginger (particularly when my stomach as a bit off, seems to help a lot). Husband is a fairly recent coffee convert, which is awesome for me, because now I can take pretty coffee shots! He said it was amazing, too – must have been, because it was gone in 3 sips!
Food. Wow. It was tough deciding… husband went with the Sir Charles Benedict, a manly plate of panko crumbed soft boiled eggs, sriracha hollandaise, fresh chilli and bacon on roti bread, with a potato hash on the side because they sounded too good not to add. We’ve done a lot of brunch together, and he’s had a lot of bacon/egg/bread/potato combinations, but he said (without hesitation) this was hands down his best cafe breakfast.
I had a hard time tossing up between the Eton mess waffles and the chia pudding, but I made the call to go with the chia pudding. Just had a craving for coconut. And chia pudding with coconut sago, strawberry gel, berries and acai sorbet had my name written allll over it. Great decision; gonna go out on a limb here and say it’s close to the best chia pudding I’ve ever had. The ones I had at Manchester Press and Kitty Burns are right up there, too, but this one was really something special. The acai sorbet was the perfect thing to cut through the super creamy coconut, and the strawberry gel was phenomenal. If anything, it could have used a few crunchy bits like some toasted macadamia, but otherwise, really couldn’t fault it!
The service was spot on, too; for a Sunday morning, it was starting to get busy, with a lot of take away coffee orders rolling through the door at the same time as guests wanting to be seated and served, and they were on the ball the whole time, with smiles on their faces. It might not seem like much, but it’s always nice on a Sunday morning to feel like you’re a welcome guest and not an annoying inconvenience : ) Perfect weekend breakfast, and they’ll be ready for you 8am tomorrow morning – you know you want to!