Circa has opened in the long forgotten Diva site on Beaufort Street. The decor is rich with opulent finishings making it a little too dark and gloomy for breakfast. The sunlight just peaking in through the open doors. By night you could definitely imagine cramming into a booth with a bunch of friends sharing hearty Mediterranean fare and a bold bottle of Shiraz.
The breakfast menu consists of approachable breakfast items such as:
Poached apples, pears, rhubarb with granola crumble
Sicilian sausages, poached eggs, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, manchego
Smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes, fetta, sourdough, olive oil
I do love a good Croque Monsieur so we ordered one to share. The sandwich came out drowning in béchamel sauce and stuffed with honey baked ham, swiss cheese and dijon mustard. The bread lots its toasted crunch as it battled with the overflowing sea of sauce.
The beetroot cured salmon was a refreshing light option. Served with a slice of green vegetable frittata on sourdough. Topped with a lovely dollop of a familiar something, maybe hollandaise and creme fraiche, which added a delicious punch of buttery zest. The poached eggs served on organic Loafer's sourdough were beefed up with a side of bacon, the yoke perfectly runny.
I wish I had taken a peak of the dinner menu. Circa has taken off where Diva left off making it a nice local restaurant to enjoy welcoming service and simple, homely meals with family and friends.