Nothing irks me more than suffering through a forty minute bus ride and two separate train trips to get to a restaurant, just to find it closed. This happened the first time I tried to visit Circa Espresso, leading to an incredibly mediocre meal at Liana's. At the time there hadn't been much information on the interwebs for this cafe, and I didn't know that it wasn't open on Sundays.
Circa has a sort of whimsical, eclectic charm that appealed to me. There are shelves full of mismatched books and comics, and a hat rack with cool berets and top-hats. The cafe is situated in an old loading bay, and the seating spreads out down the driveway. The walls are covered in graffiti murals, the kitchen is long and narrow, and the menus are located inside old-school novels. In a word? Cool.
We found seats inside, right next to the kitchen, and ordered our meals. Our drinks arrived first, and the tables were so small that they nearly took up the entire thing.
The cuppucino was made with Little Marionette beans, and was a quality brew. The cup was massive, and the coffee was robust and strong enough to make you pay attention, but not so strong that it made the mouth pucker.
The scrambled eggs were copious, and beautifully light and fluffy. They were perfectly seasoned, and served with a respectable amount of smoked salmon on a thick slab of bread.
The French toast was an impressive dish. The toast itself was a large slice, fried til crunchy on the outside and bordering on gooey on the inside. The poached rhubarb was tart and zingy, the labne countering it beautifully with its creamy texture and mild flavour. Pistachios added more of a Middle Eastern feel to this dish.
I felt a bit smug when my dish came it - it was easily the most interesting and attractive dish on the table. The soft, baked eggs were accompanied by pieces of spicy Turkish sausage, dotted with chunks of smooth, creamy feta, and enhanced by baked cherry tomato halves. Topped with some herbs and a spicy tomato sauce, I was immensly happy.
Although the place was hard to find, and isn't open on Sundays at the moment, I really enjoyed eating here, and look forward to doing so in the near future. With such superb food, prices, and atmosphere, let's just say that Circa is forgiven for these little issues. Even with so far for me to travel, it's worth the trip!