From an industrial wasteland to an inner city suburb giving birth to many a trendy cafes and restaurants, Alexandria has lately been becoming more and more like neighbouring hipsterlands Redfern and Surry Hills.
Early this year, I made a post-breakfast pit stop at Bread & Circus and ordered the berry smoothie (made with organic milk and a dash of omega-3 rich flax). It set me back $9 which is pretty steep. But it's a great-tasting beverage, and so darn vibrant in colour too.
Sourdough, avocado, tomato, greens with a side of goats chevre
Come April, I make another visit; this time for brunch. I opt for the sourdough toast with organic avocado, tomato and coriander ($9) plus a side of goats chevre ($4). The dish is fresh and delicious. And I'm pleased that the goat's cheese serving is very generous.
If you're in the mood for some hard-hitting protein, go for the parmesan not-so-scrambled eggs with truffle oil. You'll still get the sourdough toast, fresh greens, avocado and tomato but also a fluffy bed of eggs. The dish could have done with an added gusto of truffle and parmesan flavour, but it's still a well-rounded breakfast regardless.
Other than the delicious smoothie I've already tried, it's worth mentioning that there is no coffee on the menu. But Bread & Circus is adjacent to caffeine heavyweight Campos, so you can order your favourite coffee in a takeaway cup and bring it next door.
Alternatively you can refresh your palate with one of the teas from the extensive 'Cups' menu or rejuvenate your taste buds with a fresh coconut.
There's a lot of hippie jargon thrown around on the menu with organic, biodynamic, free range and preservative free used abundantly in almost every dish. It almost gets a bit mystifying. You can download their daily menu on the website.
The vibe at Bread & Circus is laid-back with a bit of hippie chic. I'm a big fan of the little outside area, where we sit on chairs that are normally reserved for beaches.
The service is somewhat confusing. Everybody seems a bit disinterested and unsure and we can't tell the staff members apart from the customers. Luckily the food is good enough to trump the blasé service.
I, for one, will be coming back for the Very Particular Pancakes next time.
I love Bread and Circus! It's such a great little cafe with such a delicious menu. I had the chicken congee and it was amazing! Everything is super fresh and I notice they update their online menu daily. The soups of the day are gorgeous and literally change everyday.