A gaggle of us went alongside to Circa for a byo lunch on Friday – they’re licenced but in addition will let you deliver your personal for a small corkage charge. The restaurant is lengthy and slender on two ranges on Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley and phrases itself a continental bistro.
The lunch menu is fairly restricted – with a piece dedicated to burgers and sandwiches which gave me some pause – though I assume they’re catering for the lunchtime takeaway crowd – and I assume within the night the choices are considerably totally different.
Anyway, I, together with two or three others, selected fried octopus with crushed potatoes to start out – the octopi have been few and fairly overcooked – a bit of robust to the chew – whereas the potato was a tad greasy from the cooking oil – the seasoning was fantastic however the preparation might have been improved.
The different entrée chosen – arancini balls – acquired constructive feedback – properly crisped on the outer, gooey and tacky inside.
For mains – eye fillet with truffled mash and broccolini was one of many dishes chosen and once more they missed the mark – one order of medium was so nicely executed it was despatched again, whereas the opposite of uncommon was maybe extra alongside the medium to properly carried out line, solely a skinny pink line remaining – the meat was tender nevertheless, and the accompaniments superb – somewhat extra consideration to the cooking to order would have improved issues.
My order of baked gnocchi with tomato sugo didn’t actually set my world on hearth – I requested that it’s cooked with some chilli however as an alternative I used to be given a small dish of dried chilli flakes to sprinkle over the pretty doughy pasta – once more the flavours (leaving apart the chilli) have been OK.
The others ordered ossobuco and this was rather more profitable – good sized serve and the meat cooked to a properly wealthy and tender stage and sat on mattress of polenta. The most loved meal of the lunch which confirmed they will end up affordable meals.
So I assume Circa is just not fairly hitting the markers on all dishes, at the very least so far as we have been involved – flavours appear OK however extra must be achieved to get it to the place it could possibly be really helpful. Having stated that our waiter was charming and pleasant and it’s fairly a pleasing eating area.