That Circus provides an entertaining dining experience is no surprise. What was unexpected, however, was the totally eclectic crowd. Following some reasonably good reviews in the mainstream media, it seems that everyone and their grandmother has decided to visit. The venue on the night of our visit played host to everyone from a fabulously wealthy looking middle-eastern quartet and teenagers in fancy dress to a few trendy Shoreditch types and a group of middle-aged men who looked like they were part of a mid-life crisis support group!
Designed by iconic British designer Tom Dixon OBE, Circus offers a bar, restaurant and entertainment experience under one roof. The design apparently takes its cues from the Surrealist art movement, with blinging walls, an atrium style roof, disco balls and most importantly, a long white table seating 28 diners that also doubles up as the stage for the entertainment!
Visitors to the bar will no doubt enjoy some very good cocktails courtesy of cocktail guru Dick Bradsell. Whilst the list is largely made up of unique creations, it’s great that serious drinks aficionados can also go off-menu for great versions of classics, like the Manhattan I requested.
Open only for dinner, the restaurant provides a menu of Pan-American dishes, with many designed for sharing. Our starters of Mixed seafood tacos and Tiger prawns with chorizo, garlic & chilli, were well cooked and bursting with flavour. Mains were 24 hour slow roasted beef short ribs in a guava & barbeque sauce that literally melted off the bone; and a delicious Churassco steak that had the unmistakeable smoky flavour and tender texture that comes with cooking in a Josper oven. Our dessert of Raspberry Ripple & white chocolate cheesecake didn’t quite match the rest of the meal, although it was still perfectly acceptable.
In terms of entertainment, each evening offers four different acts. The acts during our visit included a duo of eerily bendy ladies and a sexy trapeze act. Whilst they were highly entertaining and certainly got the packed crowd going, our only disappointment was that during our two hour meal, we only saw two acts lasting no more than 5 minutes each.
Cuisine type: Pan-American
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £70
27-29 Endell Street
London WC2H 9BA
Tel: 020 7420 9300