Restaurant in Covent Garden
As the name suggests, this is not just any old restaurant in Covent Garden! Circus offers Pan-Asian cuisine from Chef Andrew Lassetter with a twist – live cabaret acts during each course! We wondered if it would be slightly gimmicky but it absolutely was not.
The quartz ‘Stage’ table hosts up to 28 people which is perfect for corporate events, hen do’s, birthdays and more. From 7pm, the restaurant comes to life with performers between each course. Find them suspended above you in hoops, acrobating across the table and swinging from the ceiling! It was certainty entertaining and we loved the slight of hand magician who personally visited the tables.
We absolutely loved the cocktail menu which naturally made it more difficult to choose…Our favourite cocktail was the Romero & Fresa: Beefeater gin, rhubarb liqueur, egg white, apple juice, lemon juice, homemade rosemary and strawberry syrup. It was beautifully presented and the perfect level of sweet and sour.
The Golden Dhalia: Bombay Sapphire Gin, apricot liqueur, orange juice, egg white, cherry bitters and lemon juice was also impressive. We seem to be ordering more and more gin cocktails at the minute! Lastly, we sampled Sakura: Stolichnaya Red Vodka, cherry liqueur, lychee juice, lemon juice and elderflower cordial. This cocktail was light and the vodka was not overpowering. Circus also offers large sharing punches for 20 people and drinks packages for groups of 10 or more.
The Small Plates
You must order at least two courses at Circus and the entertainment is charged at £3pp. Previously there was a set menu per person which was around £60 so a compulsory order of two courses is perfectly reasonable.
We started off with Circus Crackers: Chilli garlic & Plumb Sauce (£6). For that price, we would have liked a slightly bigger portion but they were tasty nonetheless. The Dim Sum selection was impressive and we loved the Aromatic Crispy Duck Wonton Dumplings (£8.50). They were packed with filling and the spring onion and yuzu plum sauce was just delicious.
The Chicken & Water Chestnut Gyoza with Mangetout, spring onion & sweet black vinegar were also impressive (£7.50). Lastly, the Chilli Salt Squid was a good sized protein with an amazing sweet chilli, salt & pepper sauce, which was rather moreish.
The Main Dishes
You will find some fantastic choices for main dishes including the popular Black Angus Fillet, Teriyaki Salmon and Miso Black Cod.
Whilst they come with a slightly higher price tag, the quality was outstanding. Given how much I eat it at home, I do not usually order chicken when dining. However, the Korean BBQ Baby Chicken with bok choy, goma dressing & pickled ginger came highly recommended. Well we certainly were not disappointed. The chicken was so tender and moist with the goma dressing offering a lovely spicy kick. I genuinely looked forward to every mouthful which is exactly how it should be.
We were similar impressed with the Teriyaki Duck Breast with Wasabi Mash, sweet baby carrots & tempura chive. The duck was lean and flavoursome which makes a change from the fatty pieces we sometimes face at restaurants, The wasabi mash was a good accompaniment and not as spicy as we though (phew!).
We just about had room to share a White Chocolate Bomb. This was served with yuzu mousse, caramelized in apple and coconut and served with hot passion fruit sauce. I was too slow off the mark for a picture pre melting so apologies for the one below! The hot and cold textures always work well and the white chocolate and passion fruit compliment each other well. The crunchiness of the apple was also a lovely surprise.
We were so impressed with Circus Restaurant in Covent Garden! The cocktails were spectacular, the food was top notch and the service was lovely. The entertainment really makes this restaurant stand out from others. It makes a perfect date night and larger get together. I may actually investigate a dinner for my hen do!
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