Balmain, and its surrounding suburbs of Birchgrove and Rozelle, have become awash with visitors from all corners of the city, keen to tuck in to the cosmopolitan selection of trendy cafés and restaurants. Precisely why a visit to Charlotte Café in Birchgrove, provides such pleasant respite from the hustle and bustle. It’s a place where locals come to meet over a coffee (of which any Campos fan would approve), or one of the appetising dishes this establishment has to offer. Complete with outdoor dog bowls for the four-legged friends of locals – the place appears to be a family favourite. The Charlotte Special ($18.50) is a decadent, Norwegian take on eggs Benedict, featuring homemade Hollandaise (always a necessity) topped with fish roe. The crunch of Corn Fritters ($14.50) with baby spinach and grilled haloumi is offset nicely with a cucumber and yoghurt topping. Avocado and Fresh Tomatoes on Toast ($10) with pesto, proved a delightful snack for my vegan dining-mate, and we’re told it’s a best seller. With grandiose plans to expand the Charlotte empire to include Mosman, Pennant Hills, and the Australian Technology Park, owner Jason Ghebar has high hopes that the wider Sydney audience will embrace the Charlotte family, just as well as the locals have, right here in Birchgrove.
127 Rowntree Street, Birchgrove
Ph: (0403) 924 168 facebook.com/CharlotteCafeBirchgrove