22 November 2013

Dinner With A Difference At Circus


I've wanted to visit Circus since I saw it featured on Made In Chelsea a few months back. Acrobats and actors doing their thing on top of the very table you're eating at? Intriguing!

In celebration of Mary's birthday, we booked ourselves a table. The restaurant isn't easy to spot, especially when the man with the big top hat - who I was reliably informed makes it easier to find - was absent!

To help you guys out if you visit, the outside looks like this:


The inside of Circus was nothing like the understated entrance.

Decorated with glitter balls, spiked walls and mirrors, it's on the rather surreal side!


We were seated at our table, handed menus and told that the restaurant needed the table back in two hours. In fact, we were informed of this two or three more times throughout the evening! Way to make us feel welcome!

We ordered ourselves a cocktail and a selection of dishes to start.


Edamame beans, prawn and chive dumplings, mushroom spring rolls and the irresistible duck and watermelon salad.


As our food was brought to the table, the cabaret entertained the packed restaurant. The acrobats, dancers and burlesque performers used the long banquet table as a catwalk and stage.


Pretty impressive stuff!

The entertainment is sporadic throughout the evening and during the next break, our main courses arrived. I'd chosen the Canadian Lobster with sichuan spinach, chilli and garlic. Mary went for the Scottish Black Angus Fillet Steak with shiitake mushrooms and soy.


Just as we started tucking into our beautifully presented dishes, the show was back. 


We polished off the beef and lobster, luckily leaving ourselves with enough time for dessert before our table was reclaimed.

Check out the Doughnuts & Magnums and the Vanilla & Ginger Cheesecake!


How could we not feel excited when these gorgeous desserts were placed in front of us? There were so many different flavours within both plates and we finished off the whole lot.


Before we knew it, our time was up! The dessert was a heavenly ending to a very nice meal. Ok, so we weren't blown away by the food but it was certainly enjoyable and the cabaret was fun. The service was a little on the pretentious/grumpy side and the two hour limit seems a little harsh when you inevitably want to stick around to see the entertainment. I didn't even get to see hula-hooping Elvis! Rules are rules I suppose...

But this wasn't the end of our night. 

Next, I'll tell you about the two other little gems we found!

Circus
Food
★★★
Cocktails
★★★
Atmosphere
★★★★
Bar Service
Waiter Service
★★★
Value
★★★
Toilets
★★
Bouncers
N/A
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12 comments:

  1. I quite like the idea of this but I would be put off by the time limit it really annoys me when I feel like I am being rushed through my meal - it does not inspire a chilled out relaxed evening does it?!
    Those desserts look fab though I would have loved that part of the meal :)
    Some fab piccies looking forward to the rest of the nights fun
    x

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    1. Yeah the time limit is a definite negative. I'm sure it's fine if you're on the big table but if you're not then you're out after 2 hours! You're right about the desserts...they were pretty damn good! :)
      Cx

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  2. I love Circus!! Such a fun night and I love that it's secretly hidden. Not many people know about it which makes it that extra bit more special. Looks like you had an amazing time there!

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  3. I've heard about the pretentiousness of Circus before - it's so difficult to find nice, classy places without all the shitty rules!

    Katie <3

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    1. Yeah, it's kind of hard to avoid. The waitresses were pretty miserable too! x

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  4. First burlesque and now Circus?! Wow... Like Katie said, nice to find somewhere entertaining, risky but classy!
    I really, really want one of those mini magnums.....Yummmm!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

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  5. WOW! I am so wonderstruck by this place and all the stunts . This food is literally appetizing.

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  6. I booked to go here for my birthday back in march but chickened out because of the dress code. Im a jeans and Tee kinda guy and thought this was a little out of my league! Went to Disco Bistro instead!

    Shame the food wasn't quite up to scratch, you expect more from such a place really!

    Alex
    x

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  7. This looks fun! Caroline, you go to the best places :)

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  8. Great photos! :) http://outsidefashioncatwalk.blogspot.com.es/

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  9. Oh yes!! Circus is the perffeccttt birthday spot :)

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