Friday, November 26, 2010

Au Cirque @ New Farm, Brisbane

One of the more famous breakfast and brunch places around New Farm is Au Cirque. The fact that it doesn't sit more than 30 at a go; creates a minimum waiting time of 15-20 minutes if you are lucky (they don't do bookings apparently). The only tip for you is to wake up a bit earlier and get there by 10am. Otherwise, wait till the breakfast crowd is gone and come around 2pm.
It is so famous i had different friends taking us here on back to back weeks, so it does say quite a bit.


I like the big communal tables upstairs while the down stairs have small tables for 2 where you can basically have multiple conversations because of the close proximity.

I guess sitting outside is not too bad but be prepared for the gloating eyes from the queue. The mango and passionfruit frappe is just the thing to keep you cool for the impending heatwave.


Otherwise, the latte thankfully here is rather good. It is a pity that i can't find the same quality on Eagle Street.

Their weekend Breakfast menu is all day long and at 12pm, a selection of lunch dishes are also available although most are sandwiches and salads.


The corncakes were fabulous and hit the spot for me. If you are a fan of corncakes, you got to order this. The addition of poached eggs and bacon completed the meal for me.


On top of their menu, there have fortnightly specials and this was a smoked trout, spinach, poached egg and a polenta cake. I expected something more substantial but the Wife has a smaller stomach after all.


Another dish that looked more like an entree than a satisfying breakfast was the mushrooms, spinach and feta. The optional chorizo was also rather puny for the AUD 3.

Alternatively, the chow down is the way to go if you want something hearty. With sausages, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and a polenta or was corncake with the most heavenly onion jam, this is the perfect way to start the day.
If you are into sandwiches or bread for that matter, you can order what we ordered:


The Reuben Sandwich is basically comes with Corned Beef (the recipe is here) with sauerkraut and melted cheese on top. My korean friend gobbled it all up in no time and seemed to love it by the speed of things.


The Steak Sandwich came with a blue cheese spread and the same gorgeous onion jam. Now usually the Wife will oblige to share a bite or two or more if it is not good. With this sandwich though, i had to sneak a bite before she polished it all off by herself. I don't know about the steak but the blue cheese and the onion jam were perfect condiments.


The chicken sandwich with bacon and avocado looked a bit more plain jane but nevertheless polished off as well by another friend.

While no doubt there were some breakfast items that shone out as satisfying and brilliant but some were quite dampening. Sandwiches and salads don't exactly fit the description of a weekend brunch so i will stick with the corn cakes or the chow down if i go back again, although having gone twice, back to back weekends, i might take a break.

Breakfast items are from AUD 12.50 - AUD 18 while the lunch are generally AUD 12.50.

Address and contact details:
Cirque on Urbanspoon

Verdict: Worthy of 4 stars out of 5 stars. Well made breakfast, a pity that they can only serve so little people at a time but i guess thats the charm about it.


Ningxi said...

Hi Joe!!! You made me hungry from just reading your posts!! omg. Thanks for the comment though.
Nice to meet u!! =)

J said...

Chicken + bacon + avocado + crusty bread sounds really yummy actually! They just need to add a runny, yolky poached egg to the combination and it would be my dream breakfast! :D

Ningxi said...

It already is my dream breakfast even without adding eggs to it. I wish I'm in Aus!! =(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ningxi: haha well wait for airasia cheap sure its not too exp.

j: overdose of protein my dear..

Life for Beginners said...

Now THAT's what I call a real breakfast! :D

Michelle Chin said...

Man the poached eggs look perfect! I can never make poached eggs!

Sean said...

by the time the breakfast crowd leaves, wouldn't the teatime crowd arrive? :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: tea time is 3pm after breakfast!

mchin: dont ask me either haha.

kenny: yeap, a wholesome breakfast.

AugustDiners said...

awww u had me with the breakfast, any breakkie joint that u rated 5/5 so far?

daphne said...

that is what i call a good big breakfast. Corn cakes, bacon eggs, coffee....yum! and good value in price too! u found yourself a good place!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: yeah n m out for more!

augustdiners: not yet, i wonder when..

Quay Po Cooks said...

What an awesome breakfast! You make e so hungry and I got to go eat now:D Great snaps!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

quay po: thanks!

eiling lim said...

OMG the breakfast selection is just pure sinful. wished we had something like that here in KL.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: yeah dont think we have such a comprehensive list but our culture is to wake up so late haha..

Tuning In Trekking Out said...

I’m yet to experience this one but my foodie fanatic sister Sarah assures me the grub here is pretty much orgasmic. By foodie fanatic, I mean I would challenge you to find someone more extreme about their food – Her Sunday afternoon hobby is rereading her Donna Hay cookbooks for the 30th time. Sarah’s recommendation: smoked rainbow trout with poached eggs, truffle oil, potato rosti and toasted sourdough.

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