Circus, Circus Cafe – Mt Eden, Auckland

4 of 5 stars

Reviewed by FiFi, January 2020

The Place:

This place is a visual delight.  There is circus memorabilia  everywhere. There is ample seating inside and loads of outdoor seating.  There is plenty of beautifully presented cabinet,  , a kids menu, vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and a large blackboard menu.  There are three Bene options to chose from but you either could choose the traditional bene style with muffins and spinach or with hash browns as the base instead of the muffins.  The Benedict (streaky bacon),  the Vegetarian (with portobello mushrooms) or the Montreal (with house cured salmon).    Sides were pricy and ranged from $5 to $9.  There is a definite funky vibe going on in this busy, inner city eatery.


The Service:

The staff were welcoming and had a smile in their voice.  It was extremely busy and we had trouble find a seat as it was so packed.  Due to this I expected the drinks and food to take a long time.  Our drinks only took about five minutes.  That is when our food order was taken and it was only about a 10 minute wait for the kids meal to turn up.  We had just finished drinking our coffees and and our meals turned up.  

The Presentation:

Great layering of the food to showcase the textures and ingredients.  The white pottery plate was simple, yet elegant and did not overshadow the food.  The garnish added a spritz of  colour without competing with the other ingredients.   Overall, they looked great.

  • The Benedict and Montreal – we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts.
  • The Eggs – the eggs were poached perfectly – warm and runny.  
  • The Bacon – the streaky bacon was carefully grilled and slightly charred.
  • The Salmon – the coral coloured, house smoked salmon was rich and oily.
  • The Hash browns – were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside.
  • The Spinach – the raw spinach was tender and sweet.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made honey coloured sauce was smooth and creamy. 
  • The Muffins – were lightly toasted.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes we would.  The food, service and atmosphere support this.


Style: 7/10 – Classic.

Taste: 8/10 – we were all very thrilled with our meals.

Originality: 8/10 – It was great to see that you could choose either hash browns or muffins and spinach for all 3 options.

Value: 7/10 – These prices seemed slightly expensive but in reality all the bene prices are going up.  The Benedict (bacon, muffins, spinach) or (bacon, hash browns) was $20.90,  the Vegetarian (mushrooms, spinach,  muffins) was $20.90 or (mushrooms, hash browns) was $21.90 or the Montreal (salmon, spinach,  muffins) was $21.90 or (salmon, hash browns) was $22.90.   Sides were pricy and ranged from $5 to $9.

Eggs: 8/10

Overall score: 8/10

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