We prefer to make beelines for the office in the morning, rather than dwelling in the vibrant land of toast and tea at home. When walking past Burger Circus on Hollywood road the other day, however, an alluring scent of baked dough that was laced with a hint of citrus invitingly wafted out of the burger bar, and what followed was much like the modern interpretation of Hansel and Gretel's candy house discovery, minus creepy cannibal witch.
Burger Circus now do breakfast, and have just declared they are open 24 hours on weekends. From 9am on Thursday until midnight on Sunday, everyone can enjoy the American diner fare at any time of the day or night. That smell? It's warm, fluffy, freshly out of the frier cinnamon doughnuts. And there's more where that came from.
Breakfast sandwiches, although delicious have caused a stir in the semantic world; is it a bun, a sandwich, a bap..? Whatever they are, they're tasty and they have three variations:
- The Plate Spinner ($38), farm-fresh egg, lettuce, tomato, Circus sauce on a bun
- The Puppet Master($48), bacon, farm-fresh egg, lettuce, tomato, Circus sauce on a bun
- The Human Pyramid ($48), bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise on a bun satisfy early risers whether they are sitting in or grabbing breakfast to go
There are some light, fresh and healthy options like the Bearded Lady ($68), steel-cut oatmeal with berries ($68) and The Contortionist ($78), organic Greek yoghurt, house-made granola, seasonal fruit and organic honey. Our favourite (apart from the donuts of course–more to come on this) is the green smoothie (Strongman Shake $68), which contains fresh orange, green apple, pineapple, banana, baby spinach, coconut milk, lemon and flaxseed. It tastes nothing like lawn as so many green juices can, and is really good for you, especially after a morning workout.
The Flying Angel ($28), a house-made doughnut dusted with cinnamon and sugar, is twinged with citrus in the dough and warm and soft. This doughnut is one of our favourites in the city, and is TEN DOLLARS when you take it away. Wash it down with free-flow coffee ($48 in house only; takeaway available) made with Rabbithole coffee or a glass of fresh orange juice ($48).