Bread and Circus, Alexandria
I really love the warehouse café feel, really does remind me of NYC. Bread and circus is hidden away in the industrial suburb of Alexandria, behind Campos Coffee. Everything is organically and locally sourced, pending on what’s on offer, hence the daily menu.
There’s an open cooking area, you order at the counter before sitting and then food will then prepared and delivered to you. The atmosphere and vibe is very casual, communal wooden tables, relaxed space and plenty of sunshine which I love.
The menu is vast, they serve breakfast all day, and for lunch, there’s soup, salad plates and sandwich boxes which are ready-to-go or for eat-in.
I couldn’t go past the sandwich boxes (organic sandwich fillings with fresh cut slices of sourdough and salady side things), mustard mad biodynamic egg salad with avocado and tomato ($13). The egg salad was deliciously creamy with a hint of mustard, the avocado and tomato wonderfully fresh. I would probably have preferred the whole thing assembled but it was definitely tasty.
The salads on offer that day were:
- balsamic roast capsicum kipfler & rosemary w/ kalamata olive & goats feta
- chardonnay braised fennel & leek in parsley & thyme
- fresh heirloom olive-oil sea salt tomato under basil oil
- baked eggplants w/ coriander & biodynamic yoghurt baba ghanoush
- spelt couscous w/ fresh fig & honey orange blossom & thyme blue cheese
You can choose one or all, half plate ($14), regular plate ($16), sharing plate ($25) and take away ($14).
The spelt couscous with fresh fig and honey orange blossom and thyme blue cheese sounded interesting so thought I’d get a half plate ($14) and what a generous serving it was! Unfortunately I didn’t finish all of this so took this home and this made a wonderful salad with roast chicken that evening.
E also had the couscous with fresh fig salad and baked eggplants with coriander and biodynamic yoghurt baba ghanoush.
With a side of halloumi ($6)
The baked eggplants were cooked to perfection. I must admit, the salad here is fantastic! I didn’t try the others, but I am sure it would be just as good!
Coffee is not served here, however there are fresh juices, including coconut and wonderful tea on offer. I did notice a lot of people ordering the ‘purple’ drink and it was the daily smoothie – it looked fab! Will definitely try that next time.
Service was definitely friendly, and the café is definitely child friendly!
Very similar to Kitchen by Mike, the warehouse feel, the daily menu. I can’t remember which one opened first, but I do prefer Kitchen by Mike slightly better. Thought the atmosphere and the food there was slightly better.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
21 Fountain Street