CH James in Fairfield is a unique space where locals are imbibing the relaxed ambience. On a Sunday the relaxed atmosphere is evident with groups catching up for a chat, people reading the newspaper, some on their devices, and many also enjoying the courtyard space. The World Loves Melbourne joined with top Melbourne bloggers Brunch Addict and The Plus Ones on a Sunday morning for a delectable brunch.
CH James has a wide range of appealing brunch options ranging from lighter options such as Bircher Muesli to the more substantial "Only if You're Hungry" big breakfast. We like to think "there's something for everyone."
With the little touches such as chic glasses crafted from wine bottles, and the black modern teapots with Tea by Chamellia, we like to think CH James resonates with a sense of style and is not your average space.
Bloggers enjoyed a catch up in this desirable northern suburbs location, with the large windows bringing abundant natural light, and the outlook into the courtyard is appealing. Station Street in Fairfield is itself iconic with loads of history (including CH James an innovator in Melbourne's north in the 1880s), and CH James is leading the way in the modernising of this iconic street.
Franck Verschaeve (ex Pope Joan) the Head Chef is classically trained from a fine dining background, and has brought his skills to the cafe scene. The brunch option (above) of House cured ocean trout, salted zucchini, and fennel and dill salad, with a poached egg impresses on the eye, not to mention a delicious combination of flavours.
A favourite of the bloggers was the Only If You're Hungry featuring thick cut bacon, roasted potatoes, chorizo, roasted tomato, chickpeas and eggs the way you want. This is a large breakfast but way more sophisticated than just a huge fry up.
Coffee here is also decent, featuring Small Batch coffee, with Yuta Tanaka (ex Auction Rooms) at the helm...
Another brunch favourite is the Ricotta and smoked trout, soft scrambled eggs with a chive coriander pesto and toast.
A pretty dish is the Chickpea stew with chard, roasted pumpkin, almonds and cumin labna, served with poached egg. CH James brings a healthier edge to dishes, on trend.
The Only If You're Hungry dish also features high quality EDS Breads for its toast...
We journeyed into the Edible courtyard garden where Head Chef Franck sourced fresh produce for dishes...
CH James is a vibrant attractive space in Fairfield proving popular with locals.