Thursday, September 13, 2012

Circus @ Pavilion

This Circus has finally come to town, pitching its bright, shiny tent at Pavilion KL after months of elephant-sized expectations.

Circus, helmed by The Eatertainment Group (the ringmaster for Al-Amar), has heaps of ambition, aspiring to juggle a cornucopia of culinary influences: everything from tuna tartare to quesadillas, crispy mushroom risotto to foie gras.

Circus' public opening is still up in the air; we went on Monday and were encouraged to return the next evening, but everything remained postponed through Wednesday's publicity launch. Friday's likely the earliest for folks to sit here and order properly.

This lively setting is meant to create a "social circus," encouraging endless nights of taking long sips from a selection of sixty-plus cocktails.

Circus' catchphrase: Gather, relax, mix, mingle, flirt, eat, drink. All made possible through the effort of the efficient service team; they're certainly no clowns.

Canapes, including a fun presentation of lump crab cakes with filo dough, foreshadow the shape of things to come; we hope Spanish exec chef David Caral has a trapeze artist's courage to create recipes with a high-wire sense of adventure.

Circus' cocktails, infused with the likes of raspberry, pineapple, lime, ginger and mint.

Also anticipated: Sunday brunches with Dom Perignon and Moet & Chandon champagnes.

But for now, let's take this chance to return to La Boca Latino Bar, another Pavilion newbie that's scarcely a five-second stroll from Circus.
Main entry on La Boca Latino Bar: Sept. 10, 2012.

Peruvian cod (RM33 before taxes), wrapped in plantain leaves, served with tomatillo sauce, saffron rice and sweet plantains. Not a Thai banana leaf fish; a gentle purity of flavor rings through every component on this plate.

Brazilian seafood moqueca (RM36): salmon and prawns in a non-fiery coconut curry with creamy honey-glazed butternut squash and toasted coconut flakes. Another understated recipe, but with a cascade of subtly sweet-savory grace notes.

Completing our triumvirate of seafood with tangy freshness: prawn ceviche, cured with lime juice, tossed with tomatoes, onions, coriander and extra virgin olive oil.

Argentinean Finca las Moras San Juan Shiraz Rose and Spanish Gran Feudo Navarra Granacha.

Circus Bistro Lounge and La Boca Latino Bar,
Level Three, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
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32 comments:

  1. Didnt make it to the media launch at Circus today, but it looks promising from the many photos I saw on FB/Twitter. The decor looks cool. Will be interesting to visit it once it fully opens. ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's definitely gonna be a crowd magnet once it's actually open. lots of hugely professional people running this place, so i think it's here to stay :D

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  2. The Peruvian cod n the prawn ceviche at La Boca looks good...gonna visit them soon with a bunch of frens...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: i quite like the seafood at la boca. definitely fresh :D

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  3. Circus looks urban contemporary! can't wait to see your next visit. How can you tell the food has cooked with extra virgin olive oil or the normal Olive oil? You are Sai Le :O
    Prawn Ceviche looks like a flower bouquet! Nice picture!

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    1. River: yeah, circus is definitely aiming for a modern sense of style :D heh, actually, the menu said it was extra virgin olive oil. it's hard to tell the difference in this recipe! thanks, huck =)

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  4. We past by yesterday, but didnt see any of you guys, maybe I was too early, haha.

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    1. CK: ya, we were late! but it all worked out OK in the end, i think =)

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  5. "Come on..lets go to Circus!"...I wonder will my friends get me wrong ^_^

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    1. Melissa: oops! if that's the lyrics of a song, i don't know that song, heh :D

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  6. The cocktails are La Boca are awesome! Circus... another Spanish chef in town... woo hoo!

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    1. The Yum List: la boca's cocktails manage to be both potent and delicious! :D heh, spanish chefs are great. looking forward to tasting his stuff at circus =)

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  7. Aww..they should have real circus performers to make it a real cirus environment! =D

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    1. Drops of Contentment: heheh, they'd require too much space for that, i guess. but yeah, it'd be a cool concept! for now though, there's just a deejay, heh :D

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  8. no tigers & lions, but the cod looks good

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    1. KY: i wanna see a giraffe! but ya, i'm happy with the cod :D

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  10. That's quite a bit to drink. #alcoholicalert

    Mmmm...that prawn ceviche looks promising. No price for that ah?

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: heh, definitely tipsy by the end of the night. ooops, forgot to type out the cost for the prawn ceviche, but if memory served me right, it might have been around RM30 =)

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  11. Hehehe...you were in Circus. Didn't spot you though I spotted myself in your pic. I am looking forward to their food menu since last night's canapes were certainly yummeh.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, i arrived quite late, and my friend and i didn't stay for very long, heh! sorry we didn't manage to say hi to each other. but maybe, hopefully, i'll bump into you some other time at circus! :D

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  12. Hey!! I spotted myself! In the second pic, gold dress. Too bad we didn't get to meet! This is a stunning outlet and can't wait to try out their menu soon!

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    1. Kelly: oh wow! yeah, sorry we didn't get to meet; i'm pretty bad at recognizing people, heh =) yup, am feeling optimistic that the food here is gonna be awesome! :D

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  13. I WANNA GO I WANNA GO I WANNA GO! I DONT CARE I WANNA GO!;p

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    1. Eunice; heheh hope u get the chance very soon! =)

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  14. wah sunday brunches with Dom Perignon?!! I wonder which vintages they will be serving. Tempting...

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    1. Eiling: hopefully the sunday brunches will start soon, and we can find out! :D

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  15. i spy all the bloggers at circus.. hehe :D

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  16. Tudo muito agradável!O drink, o Salmão, o arroz ao fungui, o vinho australiano, a apresentação, o ambiente e as companhias de Mark, James, Iris, Alan e Simone Francisca.

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    1. Lais: glad to hear you enjoyed your time here =)

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