I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published October 29th 2018
Have a special event coming up? I recommend checking out El Circo, held on Friday and Saturday at Slide, located on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Though a little pricey, its combination of degustation menu interspersed with circus acts is sure to make your birthday, anniversary or hens night special (we had all of these groups attending the night I was there).
El Circo is an experience. There is a nine course degustation menu, and between each course is short circus act.
I'm no food connoisseur, so I can't say much more about the quality of the dinner you'll enjoy other than it looked incredible and tasted just as good. I ate here in October 2018, when El Circo was doing its spring 'Secret Garden' menu (which will be on offer for the rest of the year). Every course fitted the theme, from stuffed zucchini flower, to fruit-based desserts to one course that looked like a nest, with an egg, that was completely made of cheese (it really is an experience eating here). The restaurant can accommodate particular dietary needs aswell if you tell them at the time of booking (or at least seven days in advance). Menus are posted on the Slide website.
Our 'Spring Thyme' course, a pastry parcel stuffed with tomato, thyme and mustard seed (it was the only course we ate with a glove).
Despite there being nine courses, the portions were generous. I am the last person to not finish my plate (especially if I've spent $120 on dinner) but more than one course was taken away still with food on it, sometimes because I'd had enough and sometimes because I just ran out of time to eat it (plates are taken away before each circus act starts). The main course, in particular, would be enough at other restaurants, but here it's just one of many.
I had a great time at El Circo and will now be on the lookout for more unique dining experiences. The only quibble I had was the photographer. It's a small thing, but I didn't appreciate the fact that he repeatedly asked whether I would be okay with having my photo taken, and when I declined, kept saying 'Oh, that's not a real no' and took photos anyway (I assume these for Facebook or something). His attitude was a noticeable contrast to the rest of the staff, who made an effort to make sure everyone was happy.