When Millennium hotels told me they were putting together a bloggers guide to London, I knew that was something I wanted to be part of. It’s so hard when you are visiting a new city and you don’t have a clue where is good and where to avoid, so something from the people to the people is always handy!
For the last two years I’ve been to the Udderbelly at Waterloo and watched Limbo; a fantastic contortion and freak show style cabaret act that has to be seen. I think it’s amazing how people bend in half the wrong way and master interesting acts such as knife swallowing and dancing with fire – I just love the quirkiness of it all. I’d been to Circus in Covent Garden before, which plays on the whole circus acts theme, and decided to take the boy for a last date night before the wedding.
Sold as an “innovative combination of cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant”, it’s a really unusual concept with the main table doubling up as a stage for the acts. They come on in intervals during the night, depending on when the people dining at that table have finished their courses, and once the food is finished it transitions to cocktails and dancing.
The Pan Asian menu is absolutely delicious, and we opted for prawn and spinach dumplings, wasabi and purple shiso scallops, seared and peppered tuna and pancetta and blow torched salmon nigiri to start. My favourite starter of the night was the prawn and spinach dumplings; they melt in your mouth and were a delicious combination of flavours. The boy preferred the scallops but to me there was too much mayonnaise which covered the delicate flavour of the scallops.
The sticking point for this place is that you have to order a main course, and with so many delicious sharing items on the starter menu nothing really grabbed us, however we plumped to share the red chilli miso black cod with pickled ginger and lime, accompanied with green beans with pork, shrimp and scallops. The sauce that the fish came in was absolutely delicious and the beans tasty, although a little salty and very difficult to eat with the chopsticks.
And the desserts were amazing. I (obviously) went for the doughnuts, this time with white chocolate magnum pops, apple compote and green tea ice cream, while he picked the chocolate and caramel fondant with malted milk ice-cream.
So would I recommend Circus? Don’t get me wrong, a bill that comes to over £100 for a couple (including alcohol, mind) is excessive for a mid-week date dinner, but this isn’t a mid-week date dinner kind of place. It’s the sort of place you go for a birthday or as a show stopper; a fantastic night of surreal entertainment and delicious food that you want to share with special people.
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