There’s a large model plane dangling from the roof at Foxtrot Charlie in a nod to the cafe’s phonetic alphabet name. The name is supposed to reflect Foxtrot’s Charlie’s focus on food and coffee. As the two key elements of any self respecting cafe I’m happy to report Foxtrot Charlie has both boxes ticked.
The cafe is modern and slick with polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls giving the place a warehouse feel. It’s a bit of a tardis like space as it extends even further out the back to a whole additional whitewashed room where we set up camp. Seating is in the form of a mix of individual tables and big communal ones with pops of yellow and white from the tiny stools you can perch on to eat at.
There’s a variety of open sandwiches on the menu if you want more basic food. The toasted ham and cheese sandwich was on the expensive side for what it actually was but I liked the simplicity of being able to order a good old fashioned toastie.
There are also more adventurous items on the menu like sesame cod toast and baked eggs ($16) in tomato sugo with melted dollops of gnudi, a ricotta cheese gnocchi. The baked eggs were particularly good because the runny egg yolk oozed into the rich sugo making a delicious sauce to mop up with the pieces of toast provided.
Crucially the coffee here is also good. Foxtrot Charlie roasts its own beans resulting in a smooth, creamy latté ($3.80). It seems like this cafe has cracked the winning formula. The large warehouse space does lack the atmosphere of some cozier places but on the other hand it is a joy to eat brunch somewhere where you don’t have to queue for a table.
Details: Foxtrot Charlie, 359 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056 (Ph 03 9387 3397)
Kids: Very kid friendly. There are multiple high chairs, room for prams, patient staff, a kids menu and even a box of toys and books to keep the little tackers entertained.