Dear diners, please be aware that bookings for one or two people will be seated at the chef’s table. If you would like a regular table please contact the restaurant directly.
Spanish cuisine is exciting and vibrant, and it makes for fantastic, sociable evenings when lots of small plates can be shared with friends and family. The story of Circo began in Ibiza – the famous White Isle – where the team were inspired by proper tapas and the role food plays in everyday Spanish life. This, combined with tastes of Southeast Asia, makes the modern tapas experience at Circo one of the most unique in Brighton. Situated on Preston Road in Brighton’s London Road area, Circo attracts food-loving locals and tourists alike – avoid having to wait by booking a table in advance!
Circo is all about colourful, vibrant and real food. Lee Shipley is the man behind this Brighton jewel who, inspired by the White Isle of Ibiza and plenty of travelling around Southeast Asia, began experimenting with flavour combinations. The result is this adventurous modern tapas restaurant and bar. Circo’s mission is to create food that is fresh and bursting with flavour. It aims to push the boundaries of what you might expect from Spanish cuisine and show the hungry folk of Brighton what real tapas is all about. Situated on Preston Road in Brighton’s London Road area, Circo has become the number one destination for curious foodies from all across the city.
Circo brings people together with an array of inventive dishes that are perfect for sharing, just as Spanish food should be. The menu changes daily – a sure sign of quality – so it’s difficult to suggest particular dishes. Nonetheless, expect variations in the way of volcano chicken thighs, potato and caper tortillas, lemongrass haloumi and flaming whisky prawns to name a few. Circo in Brighton’s London Road area is a taste sensation you simply can’t miss.
Food was amazing as always, the service attentive and great fun.
Fantastic little restaurant, we had 6 plates and loved them all. This is one of those restaurants you want to keep as you're own little secret and not tell people about in case it gets too popular! We will definitely be returning.
I just love this place! Food was amazing as always. Great service too.
Really excellent, interesting tapas with warm staff. Fine for vegans. Good pubs in the neighbourhood too. Book ahead as it is small. Have fun dudes!
This place is fantastic, I couldn't recommend it more highly. For months I went past it wondering if Senor Buddha was Asian or Spanish and decided that the schizophrenic name put me off. Then some friends went there and raved about it - my curiosity was peaked, so I booked it for our wedding anniversary dinner. We had a late sitting at 9:15 and were seated at the "chef's table", right in the heart of the action watching the chefs at work and sitting up on bar stools so that we could see all the other diners in this small restaurant. We were disappointed that half of the small menu had sold out, but ordered what remained and it was ALL delicious. Is it possible to look elegant and refined while running your finger around the plate to mop up every last smidgen?!! We had cod cheeks, brussel sprouts, BBQ Korean pork belly, calamari and tenderstem broccoli. My husband marveled that they could make broccoli and brussel sprouts (vegetables as a form of torture) taste divine. We had a scrumptious wine made from unicorn extract (!), the music playing was awesome and just the right volume and the waiter/owner(?), Dean, helped us to have a thoroughly enjoyable anniversary dinner. Long may this gem of a restaurant carry on!
I honestly cannot rate Senor Buddha highly enough... a wonderful gem in Brighton!! The food is unreal and an experience that should not be missed! I'm loathed to share how wonderful in case gets too busy and I can't get a table again... We sat at the pass this Saturday just gone, which is really wonderful as you can watch the team work and they are more than happy to chat, even the very busy head chef... We had four tapas dishes all different and as good as each other... They also offer great mid-week offers with 2 for 1 on tapas I think Tuesday and Wednesdays
Fantastic flavour to the food, however despite ordering 7 rather than 6 tapas plates as advised we found ourselves still quite hungry after the meal. This is highly unusual for either if us not being huge eaters. You are basically just eating the ingredient mentioned and a tiny bit of garnish, in tapas portions, but without the nutritious fibrous vegetables or salad I crave with all my meals as a side dish to fill us up it was disappointing to still feel hungry and unfulfilled . It is a very small compact venue with a lively atmosphere which is extremely noisy when full on a busy night. So much so that we gave up trying to have a conversation entirely as we just couldn’t hear each other at all, so not the place to go if like us you haven’t had a night out with your other half for over a year and you want to relax in each others company. The 2 waiting staff were super friendly and helpful but had to ask 2 guests at the table next to us to move every single time they needed to serve the two tables behind us, a ridiculous set up. This is because the space really is much too cramped for their table layout. Overall despite the gorgeous tasty food, competing in a city teaming with innovative restaurants serving glorious food I wouldn’t rush back, it was far too noisy and hectic to be a relaxing evening of good food, and £60 for a meal for two with no alcohol but you are both still hungry when you get home is just not rewarding enough for us!!
Great little restaurant, the food was delicious and we had some lovely wine. we had booked a table for two, when we arrived the waitress suggested we sat at the bar where you can see the kitchen and watch your food being cooked, we thought this was a great idea until we found ourselves surrounded by a group of people waiting for a table and it felt very clostraphobic and quite intrusive on our meal. We were asked twice to move up along the bar so they could fit more customers in so half way through eating we had to up and move and again while eating our dessert. The chef was friendly and chatty, I couldn't fault his food and I would definitely like to go back for what we hope to be a better experience. With it being a small space I don't think it works letting waiting customers stand around where others are trying to enjoy their meal. I also felt they could do with one more person front of house as the one waitress was so busy and she was in and out of the kitchen helping aswell, it seemed to much work for one individual to maintain a good level of customer service.
Superb, refined, original. It’s easy to find fusion tapas fussy and overdone. At Señor Buddha, nothing is forced. Each of the carefully chosen ingredients used has a very good reason to be on the plate. And the fusion works well, with the Asian aromatics offering a fresh note or a little nip of heat to lift the rich, earthy Spanish palate. Easily one of the best restaurants in Brighton.
A great little place - very reminiscent to small tapas places I've been to in Barcelona and Madrid. It's tapas with a twist, so don't expect to have the same old standards that most tapas restaurants in the UK would serve. We tried most things on the menu, all were good and some were really fantastic. Dishes ranged between £4.50 to £8, and were all fantastic value for money. The wine list was also good, with plenty of good Spanish wines around the £20-£30 mark. Two of us had a bottle of wine, 5 tapas to share plus a dessert, and the bill only just topped £40!! Everything is cooked to order in the open kitchen, which also adds to the atmosphere. If I was in Spain and went to a place like this I'd be really happy. To find this kind of food in Brighton is amazing - and I'll definitely be going back ;-)