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Do you stray on the Bohemian side of the human equation? Or do you simply prefer to eat organic, seasonal and free-range? Or perhaps you're a lover of herbal teas? If you're nodding a "yes" to any of these, then Bread and Circus in Alexandria will steal your heart.
The weekends are crowded, and it's not just crowd carnage from the ever-popular Grounds of Alexandria just around the corner. Bread and Circus has its own organic personality – it's laid-back, friendly and offers healthy food that is surprisingly exciting.
The space if full of "stuff". Six long wooden tables dominate the room and they are brimming with flower pots, quirky pepper shakers, pots of honey, pink sea salt flaks, voluptuous pot plants, cloves of garlic and... dare I list more? It may be a bit hippie mad but it adds colourful personality to what would otherwise be a dowdy industrial space.
The menu changes daily and features soups, salads, sandwiches and the daily plate. Soups are served as a side or as a main. They all use seasonal, market produce and offer great depth in flavour. You may find a dreamy pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato concoction with chilli, ginger, coriander and coconut or perhaps a winter congeee. There are five salad options too, which can be mixed and matched for a sharing plate, regular plate or half plate. So you don't make friends with salad? Well, it's time to open-up. The sprout and purple cabbage in a yuzu-corange-chardonnay vinaigrette promises to be a fun-filled friendship and the blanched broccoli and baby pea with farro parmesan lemon and Dijon will be a mate worth remembering. Mixing salads and ordering a side of soup is the perfect way to sample a bit of everything. They also make ready to-go or eat-in biodegradable boxes full of fresh and quirky sandwiches.
Don't be surprised but Bread & Circus doesn't serve coffee. Instead, Bread & Circus specialises in all things tea, from sublime oolongs to quirky blacks. They are fragrant, carefully chosen and brewed by tea neurotics. But, coffee addicts, before you dismiss this cafe completely, let us point out that Don Campos occupies the space in front.
Owners Danny Goldstein and Amanda Bechara have done a fantastic job at Bread & Circus, offering an original concept and keeping Sydney's fickle dining crowd on their feet with regular changing menus and honest hospitality. As sun streams in from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, illuminating the healthy fare in front, you can't help but feel nurtured, a little more bohemian, and positive about the day that lies ahead.