Slide serves up vampires + stories + food to die for.
“Theatre Restaurants’ in Sydney in ye days of olde were pretty ordinary affairs at best. Gastronomical disasters were served up in doubtful surroundings while a bedraggled lot in tacky costumes did something or other on stage.
Slide Bar has now re-created the Theatre Restaurant theme but are doing it with modern style and pizzaz. Slide Bar first opened about two years ago but now, due to new ownership and management, it is fast becoming a Sydney ‘hotspot’.
Housed in the superbly re-modelled ex Commonwealth Bank building on Oxford Street, Slide is one very splendid lady indeed. This night MiSociety was invited to Slide to meet another splendid Lady, drag chantress Clare de Lune in her role as the ‘Black Widow’ in Slide’s production of ‘Vampire Stories’.
Greeted by ‘gorgeously ghoulish’ hosts in superb costumes matched with artfully applied make-up our re-action to how fantastic the venue looked was echoed by the other guests as they arrived.
Smoke filled the stage as our ‘waiters’ carried in a coffin hauntingly followed by Ruth Schaumann, whose operatic performance of Ave Maria prompted the whisper “is she really singing?” – Ruth was that good!
The entrance of ‘The Black Widow’ with her huge dog in tow on it’s roller wheels bought a gasp and then a wave of laughter from the diners – the first of many of such re-actions during the performances.
Don’t want to spoil it for you by letting all the bodies out of the coffins here but will say this production (and it is a production in every sense of the word) is just fantastic. The dance, acrobatics, pole dancing (Suzie Q & Stephen A Watson – Australian pole dancing champions) and trapeze ballet artist Toby Monson left us in awe. The singing waiters Andreas Rhonner and Brendan Irving are first rate. Master illusionist Adam Mada (Channel 9’s The Real Hustle) had this night’s crowd cocking their heads in disbelief. Did I mention the costuming is amazing.
The show is served up in vampire bite size pieces as each dinner course appears and is announced by Clair– excellent format and nothing is rushed.
How’s this for starters – ‘The Black Widdow Spider’, Tempura soft shell crab with pumpkin arancini and teriyaki web – perfect. The ‘Three Cheese Souffle’ was amongst the best we have ever had. The ‘R.I.P.” Roasted quail and chicken galantine with vegetable wreath was delicious. Sorbet, ‘Alchemy-Tini’ hit the spot before the ‘Brain Hemorrhage’ of white chocolate, Tiramisu and raspberry splash really was to die for.
All we can say about Slide’s ‘Vampire Stories’, the food and the venue itself is – better book a table soon because once the word gets out you will struggle to get in. http://www.slide.com.au/
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