This week I have been off work and decided to tick a few places off the Hong Kong eateries bucket list so yesterday, I went to the newest burger joint in town, “Burger Circus.” Having spotted this place on “Hollywood Rd,” a couple of weeks ago I have been dying to give their burgers and shakes a try. Based on a 1950’s American Diner from the outside with its neon lights and open front you are able to see this is not just your average burger bar. When you walk in you are seated by one of the waiters dressed in their rather retro uniform made up of white apron, pointed hat and black dickie-bow!
Upon entering Burger Circus you are transported into the 1950’s with its cute candy jars, striped straws and its old-skool menu board. The attention to detail is really impressive with its clever layout and retro furnishings such as classic red steel diner stools, wooden benches and its carefully chosen colour scheme. The menus are flawlessly designed with candy stripes and burlesque beauties giving the place “rock and roll,” vintage vibe. Burger Circus even with its tardis-like qualities still manages to remain current and avoid looking too much like a tacky take on a diner.This is done with great music and by serving the food in stylish branded paper pots. Everything about the design of this place screams instagram and hashtag heaven! #retro #bugers #diner #1950’s ( I could go on but I will leave that to you!)
Now, with somewhere as quirky as this it would be a huge shame if the food let it down and made this place all about the look rather than a taste. Fortunately, this does not happen (sigh of relief) and the boys in the “Burger Circus,” kitchen do not disappoint! The menu is mainly burger focused but if you aren’t a beef lover they have, “The Shark Rider,” (the fish option) and the “The Flame Swallower,”(the chicken choice) so there is a burger to suit all your needs! I opted for “The Burger Circus Burger,” which was a deliciously griddled ground beef burger topped with classic cheese, crispy bacon( cooked to perfection) and lettuce finished with drizzle of their own tasty “Circus sauce”. The burger was extremely yummy and served on an utterly adorable tray in a very on trend paper holder. My other half went for “The Magicians May Tag Blue.” which was a blue cheese burger with all the trimmings and I must say it smelt divine( I was envious of his choice) and judging by the speed it was devoured I would say it was ON POINT!
We also ordered a side of fries which I have to be honest were relatively small and did come a long time after our burgers however they were well seasoned and fantastically fried. If you are debating over the sides I would suggest going all out and getting the “ Circus Fries,” it seemed to be the “done thing” and when I saw them I couldn’t help but have some serious ”food envy,” they looked crazily cheesy and delicious! So anyone who has watched “Mad Men,” or has seen “Grease,” will know the only way to wash down a beefy burger is with a creamy cherry topped MILKSHAKE! These Shakes served in their kitsch glasses complete with stripey straw and rosey red cherry are just DREAMY! We both opted for the traditional “Vanilla shake,” with but I decided to add extra marshmallows for a pure sugar explosion and I LOVED IT! (although there were a few straw blockages marshmallows are not made to be sucked up a straw…) After all this food sadly we had no room for dessert however I have heard nothing but good things about the”Apple Pie La Mode,” and “ Chocolate Brownie.”
“Burger Circus,” is an incredibly hip restaurant the food was top notch and the whole place is worth an instagram( or two)! I would 100% go back here if only for the mouth-watering dessert menu!! So if you are visiting HK or living here get yourself to “Burger Circus” for a truly unique dining experience !