I never understood the term "new and improved". If something is improved, then there had to be something pre-existing to improve upon, and if it's new, then how can it already be improved?
But I digress.
I learned the hard way in the middle of January that Circa was closed for renovations until the end of the month - it's the second time I've gone and they were shut, damn and blast it! Still, about a week after it opened the doors again, Stephen and I went to meet his sister and his mum for lunch.
It's still small, and there are still lopsided tables outside on the sloping driveway that make it a bit hard to eat, but we were welcomed with the same friendliness as last time, and there was a lot more space as the cooking area has been moved to the back instead of along the side of the interior. We were provided with menus, which I hadn't seen before as previously all options were written on butcher paper and stuck on the wall.
This cold drip coffee had been prepared using Yama iced filtration, where coarsely ground single origin coffee beans had been soaked in cold water for 6 - 8 hours, then filtered and served over ice. The resulting coffee is easy on the palate, less bitter than its warmer incarnation, and notes of dark fruit and chocolate were observed.
I'm a big fan of the honey-soaked chai, which I always order with soy milk because I prefer the taste. It's sweet, warm, and comforting.
Melissa ordered the schnitzel wrap, composed of succulent, juicy chunks of battered chicken, creamy avocado, house made aioli that gave a bit of a zing, crunchy cucumber and some mixed salad. The wrap itself was impressively thin, with just the perfect thickness to hold everything and remain intact.
Scrambled Egg Breakfast Wrap - $8
Rosie ordered a breakfast wrap of perfectly scrambled eggs topped with chilli jam for some heat and supported by a bed of baby spinach leaves. It was definitely a flavour combination I'm not used to, but I found myself quite liking it.
Smoked Ham Sambo - $8.00
Stephen ordered the ham sandwich, which featured smoked ham off the bone, beautiful vine-ripened tomato, some fresh basil and lots of melty cheese. The bread was some sort of multigrain, but very good quality.
My lasagna was a thing of beauty. The layers of pasta were thin and silky, perfectly supporting the rich mince and tomato sauce that alternated with the creamy bechamel sauce. Topped with cheese and accompanied by a side of rocket leaves, I was very impressed by this dish.
I'm one of many people who love Circa with a passion, and have taken an oath to take everyone I know there for a meal. The consistently lovely service, simple food made with quality ingredients, and passion for coffee will have me coming back again and again.
21 Wentworth St