Sir Charles has been open now for more than six months, but it’s difficult to keep up with all the new openings and it takes time for me to catch up and visit them all. I’ve been sidetracked by other newer Johnston St openings like Leche and Uncle and Jak. But Sir Charles (where Beans and Bagels used to be) is impressive and can’t be overlooked.
A friend who shares my curiosity for visiting new places ordered the salmon benedict – smoked salmon rillettes, panko crumbed eggs, chili hollandaise and roti. I rarely suffer menu envy but in this instance I did as my little taste confirmed this dish to be exceptional.
I don’t regret ordering the egg plantation – truffled black rice cake, grilled miso eggplant, black sesame paste and poached eggs – but in terms of taste, if not, appearance, it’s not the best dish on the menu. I could have eaten a lot more of the moreish rice cake.
At about 1pm on a Saturday Sir Charles had barely a table left and yet the mood inside was calm and the service was smooth and efficient. The coffee is good and it provides an impressive experience. It’s the current king of food as art, and is significantly better than Archie’s All Day on Gertrude St in this regard.