If the 'wholefoods canteen' idea spurs images of boring, bland, and 'too healthy' food options, you are wrong. Bread and Circus is instead an organic café in a rustic warehouse setting, offering honest, locally sourced, and organic produce to deliver refreshingly tasty yet healthy food in generous portions.
This is no hole in the wall café but rather a large, beautiful industrial style café with a countryside fit-out. Think wooden communal bench tables, potted herbs and vegetation, recycled bottles and jars and pendant lights hanging from the ceilings. There is even the odd hipster to be found here, soaking in the sun.
The food menu offers the perfect mix of dishes, and with such a great selection to choose from, it is in fact a hard decision of what to choose for breakfast.
The menu here changes often, to match what is available in terms of fresh produce, and to ensure fresh ingredients of top quality. In true Canteen style, you go to the counter and order and pay for your meals and they are then brought out to your table once ready.
For breakfast, choices include the Foxy Porridge ($15) with slow cooked, pre-soaked dairy-free organic oats, stewed rhubarb and ginger, agave poached pear, honey thyme walnuts and coconut sugar. Also on the menu is Jude's Very Particular Pancakes ($16), which are pre-soaked buckwheat black quinoa coconut-rapadura wholefood pancakes with your choice of maple-orange gloss or maple biodynamic yoghurt. If you are after eggs the Parmesan Not-So-Scrambled Eggs ($18) offers biodynamic eggs under shaved parmesan with bullet chilli or real truffle oil, fresh tomato, herbs, avocado and sourdough.
My pick is the sourdough bread with avocado, tomato and fresh coriander, which I top with sides of egg and preservative free ham.
The sourdough bread is soft and fresh, and goes well with the tomato and avocado which is seasoned perfectly with oil and coriander. With the sides of the thick, fresh ham and boiled eggs, one can build the perfect breakfast sambo. It is simple, fresh, high quality food at its best.
For lunch, the menu offers delicious soups served with sourdough ($7-$14) such as the roast balsamic tomato with sage, chilli and garlic, or opt for one of the salads ($14-$25), like the unapologetically garlicky Nicola potato with smoky capsicum dill mayo.
Bread and Circus offers honest, virtuous, food that leaves you feeling satisfied and nurtured, ethical and nutritious, without being boring or tasteless. You really do feel good after eating here.
Their use of fresh produce, real ingredients and simple, honest fare really demonstrates that food can be super tasty without too much interference. You will be amazed at how good wholefoods can taste.