What happens when one of Sydney's innovative chefs and one of Sydney's best cafes get together? You get one awesome eatery and wine bar. For the next 9 weeks, pop-up restaurant Gray's by Circa will be operating behind the Edition Coffee Roasters pop-up coffee shop on Castlereagh Street (Located below the Trust Building, across from Gregory). It's a partnership between Head Chef Jack New (ex-Maslow's, Edition, Sokyo, Cafe Sydney and Ananas) and Mr. Circa Espresso himself: Aykut Sayan.
|Coffee available from Edition Coffee Roasters|
|Chef Jack New|
The theme behind Gray's by Circa is "Cuisine for the modern Dorian Gray". A character created by the renowned and controversial author Oscar Wilde. Gray's is all about the ultimate pleasure through food and wine. All their breakfast and lunch dishes will be highly European inspired. The place has a Trattoria-like feel. They also offer wine for lunch to perfectly match their lunch menu dishes. I visited Gray's to check out their breakfast offerings.
Their hotcake ($14) was sensational! It's a beautifully constructed fluffy rose water and ricotta hotcake dish with grilled fig, salted dulce de leche mousse, Pedro Ximinez soaked dates and pistachios. Jack's hotcakes are always amazing.
Then there's the fancy Duck eggs Croque Madame ($15). It is massive and rich in flavours thanks to the bechamel, smoky ham and buttered sourdough. The watercress dressed with truffle oil went perfectly with the duck egg. The earthy flavour from the truffle oil complimented the creamy yolk of the flavoursome duck egg. I can have this dish for breakfast/brunch everyday.
Depending on how this pop-up performs, there's a possibility of Gray's opening for dinner too. So check them out before the pop-up ends. I'm definitely keen to return and try out the lunch menu. Follow @GraysbyCirca on Instagram for further updates.
Grays by Circa
72A Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Monday to Friday 7am-3pm