Do you fancy a night out with a difference? Circus in Covent Garden might be the ticket. It is cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant that serves an eclectic Pan Asian menu.
The main space is dominated by a stage which doubles up as a dining table. If you choose to sit here, you will get up close and personal with the performances. There is a cocktail bar and lounge at the end of the room where you can just have drinks and watch the show. The shows come on between courses and it looks like it corresponds to the guests who are sitting around the stage.
We were seated at one of the tables with a great view of the stage. Our first cocktails arrived swiftly and were beautifully garnished with oriental flowers.
As we arrived before the show started, we had a bit of time to savour our starters. Ordering from their Pan Asian menu was not too difficult. We had been advised to try the Lobster Tempura and Yellow Tail Sashimi. The recommendations were spot on. The lobster was fresh and crispy with an added touch of decadence, dipped in the white truffle aioli. The sashimi was lightly dressed with a truffle soy, jalapeno and pickled beetroot.
After our starters, we noticed that the wait staff were hurriedly removing all the dishes from the stage. The lights were dimmed and the kitchen shutters came down. Then this feisty lady burst on the stage with her highly energetic act with hula hoops.
As she walked off stage and the lights came back on, more food arrived. For main courses, we ordered a few dishes to share. With a nod to health, we ordered the Som Tam salad as a side dish to go with our mains. This zingy Thai salad was dressed with a piquant sauce and served with some large tiger prawns. It’s not as spicy as a Thai grandmother would make but it has all the right flavours.
The Black Angus fillet was a prime cut of beef, lightly seared, served medium rare and topped with shitake mushrooms, asparagus and caramel soy. I love my beef and this is my perfect main course. Personally, it could have done with a bit more of a zingy sauce.
Miso Black Cod, every Pan Asian restaurant has their own version. Here the fish is prepared with a very generous smother of sweet Miso and served beautifully as seen in the picture. I have tried so many versions of this dish in many places around town and every single version is delicious. This one is no exception. It might be a bit too sweet to eat on its own but have it with the Thai salad and some rice for a bit more balance of flavours.
Some barely clad boys then did an acrobatic, contemporary dance number which was quite mesmerising but the routine was way too short.
Pudding was served at the next interlude. A sharp passion fruit cheesecake and a yoghurt cake with mango salsa, lime & mango sorbet was a lovely sweet note to finish on. But the entertainment continued.
Enter Batman and Robin doing things that I’m sure superheroes are not supposed to do. But great fun to watch.
That was probably one of the more unusual dining experiences I’ve had in London. This is not a good place for a first date unless you are worried about making conversation. The entertainment will fill in any awkward gaps. Circus might not appeal to the jaded Londoners but if you are looking for a fun night out with some fun cocktails, a bit of cabaret and fine Pan Asian food, go to Circus.
27-29 Endell St,
London WC2H 9BA
Note: Not for under 21s and not Hen or Stag parties.
EatCookExplore was a guest at Circus.