Thursday, 13 October 2011
Circus + Food =
When looking to eat out in London you really are spoilt for choice. In fact when the occasion arises I really have no idea where to favour and am yet to go to the same place twice (McDonald’s doesn't count).
HANG ON A SECOND! THIS A JUGGLING BLOG!
Never fear I'm not going to turn into one of those bloggers who blogs what they have just eaten for tea, this is relevant, I promise!
Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, eating out. I recently had the excuse to eat out. My girlfriend (a juggler, you may have spied her in some earlier posts) had a birthday, so it was up to me to find a place. I find it quite funny that we can treat going to another room to eat as a night out, we are easily amused, but I wanted to do something a bit different. Being a special occasion I decided, sod it I'll look for something a bit fancy and I had heard of the perfect place for a circus obsessed couple...
Yep, there is a restaurant actually called Circus, decision made, table booked. I first saw this place on the UK Apprentice TV program where it was used as the venue for one of the 'treats'. Finding the place online was simple, a quick google search for 'London juggling' and you're away, finding the physical place however is a whole different story! It is basically just a black door, no window to be seen and forget a sign. So obviously we walked straight past, got to the end of the road, and resorted to asking a waitress at one of the more traditionally set up establishments. This must happen a lot as she gave us very clear directions to this mystery door. Eventually we found ourselves in a mirrored corridor with the word 'circus' lit up in multiple colours, a very odd feeling, such a transition from the outside world.
The main room was totally dominated by a colossal table which was occupied by business men. We were directed to our much cosier table. On to ordering, what do you eat at a Circus restaurant? Well apparently its a sort of tapas affair, the dishes are brought out whenever they are ready and you just share them. We ordered some watermelon salad, sounds strange but was a revelation, a few other bits like shrimp and pushed the boat out with a steak. The food was amazing, loved it, but I'm not going to review the food much as who am I to talk, I love McDonald's :)
After we had been sat at our table for a small while the lights in the restaurant went off, the window to the kitchen area had shutters moving over it, very Circusy music came on and everybody went quiet. Two twins walked onto the large table, which doubles as the stage for the night. Yep this place is literally a Circus! The two girls performed a very energetic ariel hoop act just feet above the diners, we loved it. Then it was back to dinner. During our time there we managed to see 5 performances. Each different and fantastic! I managed to find one of the guys online and have embedded it below, he was pretty funny and managed to build a good sense of fun with the crowd.
In short we loved the place, it was like another little world and the food was great. I think it would have been a bit better if it lost the corporate feel given by the amount of business men that were in there (looking a bit seedy to be honest), but I guess after being on the Apprentice you can't really help that. We would totally go again, but it is definitely a treat as it cost me £115!!!
My lovely girlfriend as if by some strange coincidence blogged about the restaurant also! She did a much better job than I in remembering the night. If you are interested in more details of the food and the other acts we saw its defiantly worth a look!
Posted by James at 14:55