Cocktail coloured glass louvers beckon you inside and the frozen passionfruit & guava margaritas persuade you to stay. Dinner is a social affair here; the menu has a strong focus on sharing, with dishes coming from the sea, the land and the garden. ‘Crisp bacon wrapped prawns with lemon whipped potato and sauce vierge’ is a must try, as is the signature ‘salt & pepper squid’, and the steak is arguably the best on the island. Desserts are annoyingly tasty; the hot churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce will haunt you for weeks afterwards.
It’s not just the food that is social; sea circus has a signature sharer cocktail list designed by Mark Ward [Hugo’s, Sydney]. The ‘Pow Wow’ is the most popular creation; made with gin, lychee liquer, pineapple juice, fresh lychees and ginger pow! The ‘group hug’ and ‘wolf pack’ are also definitely worth a sip. Sea circus used to be a nocturnal creature, and while it still comes alive at night with regular dj sets, live music and karaoke nights, it is also now open in the daytime. Taking inspiration from Melbourne cafes such as St. Ali, the menu features all the classic brunch fare, some surprising options [such as the curious ‘hangover happy meal’] and one of the best cups of coffee on the island.
The owners are self-confessed coffee geeks; working with some of Australia’s top baristas they proudly custom-roast their coffee on the island and brew it on the only synesso machine in Indonesia [the Rolls Royce of coffee machines]. Sea circus is spilling with creative little touches; coffees are served with a frangipani and a quote, sharer cocktails are served in milk bottles, vintage tins are filled with flowers, fish and chips are wrapped in today’s newspaper. ‘Sea Circus’, like Bali, has a magical quality about it. The décor mixes beach rustic with boho chic. The much awarded ‘projects of imagination’ design team have really gone to town. A popular haunt with expats, Sea Circus hosts regular parties, live music and private functions. Check out their super cute blog or facebook page for all the info on upcoming events.
Jl. Kayu Aya 22
Seminyak – Bali
0361 738 667