Bengaluru’s The Circus Canteen Is Giving A New Spin To Aesthetics With Discards

by Tejashee Kashyap
Bengaluru’s The Circus Canteen Is Giving A New Spin To Aesthetics With Discards

Bengaluru is experimental and free-spirited. And The Circus Canteen is an experimental space that celebrates nature, art, culture, science and sustainability. It’s a farm-to-table eatery built and decorated with reclaimed materials that have taken the garden city by storm.

What Make The Circus Canteen Different?

Ajay Raghavan, an employment lawyer decided to start this platform when actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary Before The Flood changed his perception of the environment and living. This is how Bengaluru Creative Circus came into being.  Launched in 2021, the space celebrates sustainability that houses The Circus Canteen.

The décor is carefully curated to transport the customers to a world of fun and entertainment. The atmosphere is electric and lively.  It is designed by Smitha Thomas from Multitude of Sins, an interior design studio in Bengaluru. Ranging from home appliances to toy car parts, the materials were then painstakingly curated into categories and used to design an eclectic interior featuring mismatched furniture and flooring.

Sourced from city-wide donation drives, salvage markets and dump yards, a multitude of eclectic objects like cassette tapes, paint brushes, wheel rims, funnels, DVD players, and a whole van furnishes the space with each table and section narrating a unique nostalgic story.

The restaurant’s vibrant crimson entryway greets you with a maze of teal-hued scrap metal labyrinths, rejected bicycle bells and humorous hand horns.  Even the floor sees a jigsaw puzzle-style mosaic of different tiles.

What To Eat?

The Circus Canteen in Bangalore is not just about the décor and the atmosphere. The food is both impressive and unique. All waste from the kitchen is composted, bio-pesticides made, and natural cleaners made with bio-enzymes.  The menu changes with the seasons and includes only fresh seasonal produce, preserved using traditional methods, and it offers a farm-to-table experience utilising fresh ingredients grown in their gardens or sourced locally.

The Circus Canteen in Bangalore is not just a restaurant; it is an experience. Their events, cultural performances, workshops, volunteering opportunities, and coworking help them build a sense of community. This eatery spot sends a strong message about how sustainability does not have to be grungy.

Where: Yeshwanthpur Industrial Suburb, Estate, Bengaluru
Cost: ₹850 for two people (approx.)
When: 11 am to 10.30 pm

Cover image credits: Instagram/The Circus Canteen