Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy was the 10th Governor of New South Wales & later in 1853 Governor of Tasmania, South Australia & Victoria.  But since his passing in 1858, Sir Charles has returned in restaurant form in the heart of his namesake suburb at 121 Johnston Street.  But don’t expect anything typical.  Like Fitzroy itself, this restaurant is exceptionally cool, yet quirky.  Expect incredible coffee but food with a predominantly Asian twist.


The space is huge – bright and airy – and the chilled waiters led us to a baby-friendly table where a high chair could easily be slotted at the end for Miss B.  The fresh flowers added a homely touch to the high ceilings featuring exposed metal beams, & the white washed walls had a tranquil feel with gorgeous turquoise accents.  Towards the back of the restaurant stood their Probat coffee roaster with Chef Tyler Preston manning the kitchen at the very back.


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Cappuccino ($3.80) 
Sir Charles’ house blend coffee was absolutely exquisite.


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Latte ($3.80) 
Not sure what was going on with the coffee art here – some type of swan perhaps (if you rotate you head 170 degrees to the right).


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Soft boiled eggs with buttery soldiers and herb salt ($8.50) 
Miss B loved getting her hands (& sleeves) into this dish and I fell head over heels in love with the delicious rosemary salt on offer.  It fostered in me an overwhelming urge to come home immediately and create my own version to sprinkle over anything and everything!


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BBQ Pork with tonkatsu sauce, spring onion & fried egg on crispy roti ($17) 
I had secretly wished my husband had ordered the Korean fried chicken burger with house kimchi, wasabi mayo, BBQ sauce & herby coleslaw BUT he was obviously craving a bit of pork.  Despite scoring big on creativity, it wasn’t anything special.  The pork was lovely and tender but a little too sweet for my liking and despite the fact that I’m a huge fan of roti, the dish perhaps required a bit more egg yolk or something a tad creamy to tie all of the dry elements together a teeny bit better.  I liked it.  I just wanted to love it.


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Sir Charles Benedict with panko crumbed eggs with sriracha hollandaise & bacon on roti ($16.50)  
Intrigued by this item on the menu I just had to order it.  And…. it was BRILLIANT!  The crispy bacon atop the pan-fried roti was one thing – but the deep fried egg with oozy innards and sensational sriracha hollandaise had me beckoning for more.  

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It was – honest to goodness – perfection on a plate.

My advice with regards to Sir Charles would be to check him out.  Indulge in his delicious coffee selection and order the Sir Charles Benedict – you can thank me later!

12 Johnston Street
Fitzroy  VIC  3065
03 9415 7077

Open M-W 7am – 4pm
Th-Sat 7am – 10pm
Sun 7am – 4pm

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