Circus

5 reviews

27-29 Endell Street , London, WC2H 9BA

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020 7420 9300

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Chicken   Snow Pea Gyoza 2
Chilean Sea Bass 9
Crayfish Salad 4
circusinterior 5
circusinterior 6
circusinterior 7
circusstagetable 8
Crayfish Salad 3
Prawn Har Gau 10
PrawnTempura 1

SquareMeal Review of Circus

If you've ever wanted to run away and join the circus, this cabaret venue with its acrobats, dancers and burlesque performers is for you. The food is no novelty act however, with a confident, recently re-launched menu of pan-Asian specialties that makes telling use of luxury ingredients. Recent highlights have included rich beef and foie gras gyoza, punchy chilli salt squid in a delicate tempura batter and a dish of flaky Chilean sea bass dressed with a vibrant sauce of shaoxing rice wine, garlic and ginger. Such theatrically presented plates are ideal for sharing, with big groups taking advantage of the large central table that doubles as a stage. A sexy sci-fi interior, rocking tunes and kicking cocktails ramp up the party atmosphere, while friendly service is 'as entertaining as the acts'.

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Circus Location

27-29 Endell Street , London WC2H 9BA

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020 7420 9300

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Opening times

Tues-Sat 6pm-12M (Thurs -1am Fri-Sat -2am)

Circus's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.4

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Service: 6.8

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Atmosphere: 8.8

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Value: 7.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

30 July 2018

Excellent food and the show was amazing. Like a mini cirque du soleil in between courses.

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Food + drink: 2

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
04 April 2014

Circus is great fun, have no doubt about it , but the reason for going is the entertainment, namely a lot of burlesque dancing or, put another way, grown-up striptease (assuming that’s your cup of tea). Against this background, food seems – and is – almost an after-thought. Circus, like so many other wannabe places claims to offer a ‘pan-Asian’ menu. In other words, what you get is a little bit of everything, almost all appallingly prepared and thoroughly tasteless. Among the most memorable (in a bad way) dishes were the spicy squid starter (far too much batter, almost no squid or spice) and the chicken curry (an anonymous mass in an overly creamy and flavourless sauce). The salmon main and aubergine side were slightly more redeeming features. Nonetheless, although the food bordered on the most uninspiring eaten in a ‘restaurant’ for some time, it didn’t really matter: the alcohol flowed (in our group at least), the staff had a great attitude and the entertainment was fairly novel. Do go, but not with the expectation of having a fine meal.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

21 May 2013

Quite often, restaurants seem to decline over time and become pale shadows of their former selves. In the instance of Circus however the opposite is true – since I first came here three years ago, the restaurant has evolved in every possible positive fashion and now presents not only a fabulous night out with circus-style entertainment, but also food to match. Pan-Asian cuisine is the name of the game here and the menu is designed for sharing; a nice concept that works well for the typically larger groups of people that I saw here. We enjoyed a large selection of the menu, with foie gras dumplings, new york strip loin and the black cod being highlights. Drinks were excellent as before, service was friendly and professional and overall I really couldn't fault it. Thank you Circus, and well done for the improvements!

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