Friday, January 10, 2014

Circa, Parramatta

Circa Espresso is a little hole in the wall cafe located in the western suburbs of Parramatta. It's extremely easy to just walk by and completely miss this cafe! Located in what probably used to be a garage, the interior size of the room itself is very long and narrow so it can't quite fit that many people. We arrived just past noon on a hot Wednesday afternoon and there was a ten minute wait for a table.

At least they had menus for us to look through and couches outside for us to sit on while we waited!

Blood orange juice, $5.00 each
We were really tempted by the chai on their menu but to cool ourselves down from the heat, Ms Dentist-In-Training and I ordered a blood orange juice which was nice and fruity with a slight tang of bitterness that is distinctive of blood orange. We were hankering for those cool pastel striped straws we saw other tables have with their juices but unfortunately they didn't give us any :( The ice was served on the side and the juice itself was served at room temperature. We threw in every last ice-cube into our juice.

French toast, $14.00
I've had many bad French toasts in my day so I was hoping for something exceptional like the one I had at Kazbah. And thank goodness I was not let down. Lashings of cinnamon, fresh mixed berries and pistachio nuts on top of a thick fluffy brioche loaf made it super delicious. I loved eating it with the dollop of yogurt which made it feel a lot less heavier than if it were cream. Hopefully this special will still be there if I return :D

Baked eggs, $17.00
I've heard great things about the baked eggs here and with all three of us being avid baked egg lovers, we had to order this one. This version is a lot less saucier than ones I've had at other cafes and to be honest, I prefer it with more sauce to pack a bigger flavour punch. The overall dish was a lot fresher and more mild, but still went down a treat because woo for eggs! They were still perfectly cooked and the yolk oozed as we cut into it.

Ottoman eggs, $16.00
Look at those beautifully shaped poached eggs! I loved this twist on traditional poached eggs as it was served on top of crumbed eggplant, garlic labne, burnt chili and sage. The eggplant was still beautifully soft and the subtle aroma of sage wafted through all the elements of this dish.

Service was wonderful and they filled up our water bottle continuously all afternoon as we chatted without us having to ask! We must've drank at least a litre of water each :P If they mention the french toast as a special, don't hesitate to order it!

Circa Espresso
21 Wentworth Street
Parramatta, NSW

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 4:00pm

Circa on Urbanspoon

18 comments:

  1. Ooh is it blood orange season already? I thought that it was totally later in the year! The food looks good too :D

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    1. I'm not sure but the juice was quite nice haha. I really was a fan of the french toast! :D

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  2. their french toast is pretty spectacular i wish they reopened on the weekend!

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    1. If they were open on the weekend, I would totally go more often for brunch and that french toast :D

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  3. mmmm i love their baked eggs pan! def one of the best out there!

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    1. Baked eggs in general are just the bomb :D

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  4. I always end up getting the baked egg here! Such a great little cafe.

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    1. It's so cute isn't it? If only it were bigger and could seat more people so we wouldn't have to wait :P

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  5. i havent been back to circa since they first opened because i can only go weekends! awwwwww. but its so worth the visit otherwise

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    1. Pity they don't open on weekends! They'd have so much business :P

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  6. I absolutely HEART this place! Everything is so quirky and tasty. I always enjoy finding Mr & Mrs Potato Head Figures :P

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    1. Hah same! There were so many Mr & Mrs Potato Head figures! I was endlessly amused :P

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  7. so disappointed it doesn't open on weekends. hopefully it opens next monday for the long weekend *fingers crossed!*

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    1. I've got my fingers crossed for you too! Double power :D

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  8. Dear Sherrie,

    I've never heard of Ottoman eggs and they look really plump and ready to be burst!

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    1. I hadn't either before Circa! But those eggs were definitely plump for the bursting - the yolk oozed out when we cut it!

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  9. Which did you prefer more, the ottoman eggs or the baked eggs? :)

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