Bright and cheerful all day cafe outperforms with delicious food, gourmet coffee & enticing cocktails
July 15th, 2014
Captivating a loyal following since opening in 2010, the whimsically themed Sea Circus continues to delight its many fans with simple, well-executed food, a cheerful vibe, and an attractively priced drinks list. Located on a prime spot on the stretch of Seminyak’s fashionable Jalan Kayu Aya opposite The Samaya resort, this feel-good space is hard to miss with its facade that brings together a colorful circus-themed mural and a wall of colored glass louvres. Unequivocally an all day attraction, Sea Circus are open from early morning serving healthy breakfast dishes and gourmet coffee, through lunch and afternoon bites and drinks, to late in the evenings with dinner and cocktails.
Sea Circus are particularly noted for their healthy breakfast and lunch dishes, ranging from their legendary renditions of eggs, to healthy salads, ceviche, tortilla wraps and fish & chips. Gourmet coffee is also a specialty at Sea Circus– serving custom roasted single origin Kintamani arabica beans, individually ground by the cup and served with a frangipani, cookie and quotation. A takeaway coffee window- complemented by the gourmet gelato and ice cream counter- caters to the steady stream of pavement traffic.
Beverage offerings at the bar include a tantalising list of well-executed classic cocktails- negroni, caipirinha, martinis, margaritas- frozen and non-frozen, mojitos- classic and tropical fruit versions, and daiquiris. Adding zest to the list are Signature cocktails such as the Rock Star Bloody Mary- Belvedere vodka, Pimms No. 1, tomato juice, homemade horseradish, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, coriander, salt & pepper, served over ice with one ice cube made with blended celery juice in a glass rimmed with homemade celery salt & white pepper.
With its compact size and uber-popularity, securing a table can be challenging in high season periods. No reservations are taken for breakfast and lunch- however table bookings are accepted for dinner from 5 pm onward- either from the Sea Circus website booking form- or call direct.
Inside Sea Circus
Embracing a beach shack chic design aesthetic, the interior is splashed with vibrant colors on the white-washed walls, with plenty of glass to flood the interior with natural daylight. The compact space includes a front section with communal seating at two substantial high benches that overlook the street through the colored glass louvres; the main cafe space that seats around 30; and a bright turquoise colored bar and serving counter that wrap around from the entrance.
Sea Circus food selections
Expansive menus cover breakfast, lunch and dinner sessions- assembled with a focus on healthy and tasteful ingredients- and in smaller portions good for sharing, or substantial serves for larger appetites. At breakfast, eggs cooked all kinds of ways are a favourite- with more than seven options to satiate all preferences. Other standout dishes include the selection of tacos-such as grilled fish with mango salsa, and grilled pumpkin and slow roasted capsicum. Salads- including a number of vegetarian options; burgers; fresh fish and grilled meats; offer a wide variety of menu choices.
(food images courtesy Sea Circus)