Circa The Prince

14 Apr

A 2-hat Restaurant on The Age Good Food Guide 2011. I was there in November 2010 for a friend’s birthday dinner.

A simple menu to begin the evening. As we had 6 people, we went for the ‘to-share’ section and ordered 3 dishes. The menu was designed simple, basically all you had to do was to decide on which meat you would prefer, and there was only one choice. That’s because Circa put in much effort on every dish to make it, in their opinion, the best version of that particular meat.

Not to mention, bread was served while we waited for our mains while took a pretty long time to arrive.

 

There were special Shrimp Dumplings with Green Tea Salt (A$4 each) for the evening, so we decided to give it a shot. Fresh and juicy shrimps on the inside with a pretty new combination of green tea salt. If it was less oily, I could have a few more. It’s addictive

 

Roasted Moroccan Chicken, Chick Pea Chips, Eggplant Pickle, Parsley, Pine Nuts and Currents (A$70 for 2person). Served in a pot, the whole roast chicken was really soft and tender. I felt it tasted more like Hainanese Chicken for it lacked the roast flavours. There were lots of little nuts and currents and spices in the pot. I guess I liked the roasted eggplant much more than the chicken.

 

This was served together with the Roasted Moroccan Chicken. We couldn’t figure out what it was but somehow it tasted like fried cheese. It was soft like tofu and smelt really fragrant.

 

48 Hour Mutton Shoulder, Broccolini, Roast Peppers, Olives, Skordalia (A$75 for 2person). I’m a lover for mutton. Mutton shoulder is an excellent cut because of the fats within and the 48hours just made it so tender. There was only a really light mutton smell and how could you call it mutton if it didn’t smell like one! It was really great to have it as a sharing portion with friends because after awhile, it became a little blend without any sauce to go along.

 

Char Grilled Wagyu Sirloin, Caramelised Onion Tart, Fresh Horseradish Cream, House Seeded Mustard (A$80 for 2person). I couldn’t eat beef. But the caramelised onion tart sounded quirky, so I decided to try. At that instant it went into my mouth, my entire body just fell apart. It was so wonderful. I can’t emphasise how much about the ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ feel.

 

Our Vegetables, Tuber Crisp, Parmesan Yoghurt (A$19). It was an awesome piece of artwork, not something you would expect to be served as a salad. I guess it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth paying the price for such an artpiece.

 

Nougat Praline Parfait, Strawberries, Warm Doughnuts (A$15). The nougat ice-cream was refreshing. But what I liked most was the strawberry bits. It was most memorable.

 

White Chocolate and House Brandied Sour Cherry Trifle (A$20 for 2person). It was a great combination of white chocolate ice cream with chocolate cake (hidden below). The honey almond slice gave it an extra bite. What’s best is the brandied cherries. Full bodied cherries, who can resist?

 

Double Chocolate Madeleine, Wattle Seed Crème Brûlée (A$16). The chocolate Madeleine was think and really powerful, but I wasn’t sure if I liked the Crème Brûlée which was a little too soft.

 

As a summary, yes, it is indeed a 2-hat restaurant. Reasonably priced, accessible location and food was served with details.  

 

Opening Hours:
Dinner from 6pm daily

Address: 2 Acland Street
St Kilda VIC3182 

Ratings:
Food: 4.5/5
Ambience: 4.5/5
Value: 4.5/5
Service: 4.75/5 

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