I feel like a lot new cafe’s in Perth all use the same interior designer; one that likes the bare industrial look. As much as I enjoy sitting on hard chairs and looking at galvanised steel it is nice to slide into a cushy leather booth and feel like you are on the set of the Great Gatsby. From the moment you walk past the gold signage on the door, you enter into the world of decadence that is Circa. Even the toilet oozes opulence.
What was an empty space for a long time after Diva closed, Circa has filled with the antithesis of “hipster”. There was not an ironic beard or sullen bored look in sight. The staff are friendly and polite, treating you the same as if you were there for a 3 course meal at dinner; quietly asking if you’re ready to order, bringing you more water without the table even noticing… remember that kind of service?
As any good place should do that is serving breakfast, our coffee orders were taken straight away. With a steady stream of yummy mummies getting their takeaway coffees, I was surprised at how quickly ours came out. I’ll admit I forgot to ask what the coffee used at Circa is. Going by the flavour I am thinking it might be Di Bella or another Italian style bean. It had that distinct flavour. Is it just me or is this a new fashion in coffee? It seems like ages since I have had anything that tasted any different.
The menu is very “Mt Lawley”. There isn’t going to be five types of eggs with hollandaise sauce here. Prices range from $6 for Organic Loafers bread (yep, they have gluten free too) up to $22 for their big breakfast – eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and spanish beans. Are people now accepting of this price tag for a big breakfast?
Terri’s Sicilian sausage, poached eggs, mushrooms with spinach and manchego ($19.50) was a serving fit for a Don. The traditional style sausage had all the boxes ticked – fennel, a touch of heat and to use a cliche – flavour you can actually see. Sautéed mushrooms were firm with lightly blanched spinach adding the softest touch of crunch. Poached eggs is where Circa shine. These two plump round pockets of gold yolk were as perfect as you can get poached eggs.
I ordered the Spanish beans ($17) which came with grilled bacon, poached eggs and pecorino. Hitting the mark again, the poached eggs were spot on – so much yolk to watch oozing out into the beans. These beans were probably some of the best I have tried. There was a natural sweetness to the flavour, the kind you can only get when the process of making the sauce base isn’t rushed. The beans were buttery and the sprinkling of micro herbs added a pinch if aniseed flavour. Grilled bacon… well where do I start? My fiancé has clued me in to the grilling of bacon. I was always a pan fryer but the grill just gives it this nice crispiness on the strap leaving the rest soft and meaty – just like the bacon on my plate at Circa.
After a recent bad egg experience, Rachael was on the hunt for anything that didn’t include chicken ovum. This can be quite difficult of you aren’t into the sweet stuff. Here they have the perfect option – smashed avocado with feta, roasted tomatoes and olive oil on sourdough ($14). She also added a side of bacon ($5) and mushrooms ($4). Not expecting such a large serve, Rachael conceded that the sides were not needed. Piled on top of a light sourdough was fresh, sweet roasted tomatoes with loads of creamy feta and chunky avocado. A handful of rocket gave the dish a peppery punch. This really was a great savoury non-egg option.
Circa is a place that you could have a romantic breakfast, take Gran out or just catch up a few besties and not feel like you’re eating in a shed. Finally, class has been brought back to breakfast.676 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley
Breakfast served weekends only
Originally published on WA Today 14th Feb 2014