Blow Torched Salmon Nigiri – Sweet soy, pickle cucumber &
red amaranth – £9
At last, we were able to come here, Circus in Covent Garden. The reason why we haven’t is that there is an over 21 policy, so what better time to come than on my 21st birthday. We walked past the grand banquet table to be sat a little back from it, with a perfect view of what was about to happen.
Chilli Salt Squid – Sweet chilli, salt & pepper – £9
And that was a variety of cabaret acts, dancing on the tables, and some fantastically fine dining and drinks. You could only get this in Central London!
Having booked this a number of months ago, it is extremely popular with those looking for a unique night, and that is definitely what we had. The menu is pan Asian inspired, offering everything from sushi, tempura, dim sum, meat and fish. All at a pretty price, but well worth it.
Our sushi and squid starters arrived and as we were in mid eating, one of the many acts we were to experience was about to begin. The smoke machines fired up, kitchen shutters closed, and suddenly we were transformed into a land of circus and cabaret.
We have to admit weren’t expecting it to be as great as it was, but each performance of about 5 minutes, every half an hour – 45 minutes was fantastic, mind-blowing at times. A £2 charge per person for the entertainment is added to the bill, which we can’t complain about at all.
Red Pepper Lamb Chops – Honey, sesame & white miso slaw – £23
Black Angus Fillet – Shiitake mushroom, asparagus &
caramel soy – £25
The mains were perfect in size, presentation and taste, which we had along a shared side of steam vegetables which came in a dim sum dish. Mine was made even better with the unusual caramel soy. The flavours of the lamb and the miso slaw were a perfect combination – Jessica is a fan of creamy tastes with a lot of things.
Churros & Vanilla Poached Peach – Dulce de leche sauce & green tea
sugar – £8
Chocolate & Caramel Fondant – Malt & milk ice cream – £8.50
Having seen a couple more performances during this time, we had already used up our 2 hour table allocation as our desserts were arriving. Therefore we moved over to the bar, which we had another great view of the main table from. Jessica had told them it was my birthday, so of course mine came with a candle and icing decoration.
The Carousel – Transport yourself back to the fairground with toffee apple & cherry
sorbet but this time with alcoholic cotton-candy – Martel VSOP, Bold Cherry, homemade dark Morrelo cherry sorbet,
lemon juice, grapefruit juice, peach liqueur – £10
Beast of Byakko – An illusion of the senses; what appears dark and stormy tastes sweet
and tropical – Havana Anejo Especial, Jamaican rum, fresh lemon juice, guava juice,
tropical mix (papaya, peach & mango), pineapple juice, coconut cream,
activated charcoal powder (from coconut skins) – £10
To end the perfect, we decided to take a break from our bottle of El Pico white wine, and order a cocktail each. Jessica’s decision was purely based on appearance as she spotted it at the bar with candy floss sticking out from the side. It was a peculiar one as it was more like a slushy than cocktail, but still delicious!
Overall, the place comes highly recommended for special occasions or simply for something a little out of the ordinary!
Customer service: ★★★★★