El’Circo – Slide Lounge Cabaret


During Sydney’s October long weekend, my flatmate and I decided to check out Sydney’s renowned cabaret venue.

El’ Circo takes the boring “dinner and show” out the window, offering a performance after each meal – a mix of cabaret, contortion, burlesque, trapeze and pole dancing.  Some may think, is it distracting while your trying to eat and see the show at the same time.  Well, that’s just it, it’s not – timing was everything (with help from the great service team and kitchen staff) and we didn’t have to hear the clink of cutlery during the show.

For $109 you get a spectacular 9 course meal and its the right amount of food & not skimping on the quality the Chef’s prepare.  I wouldn’t go as far as ‘Heston” creation, but each meal is unique and is creatively fun. Take a look at the menu below to read more, but my top picks are: Mexican Flower – the blue swimmer crab really does melt in our mouth bursting with flavours >> but who knew, I would be eating it using a surgical glove.  The double cooked pork was perfect and the sweetness combination of the wine poached pear was great.  The pierced black balloon filled with a scent that reminded me of delicious buttered popcorn and a marshmallow on a stick.  What a fun idea!

After each performance MC Verusha Darling (let me just say “Fabulous” all over) would let us know what the next course will be providing us with a glimpse of what delectable delights are on its way – including the next performance. Change of cocktail dress every-so-often welcomes the audience with love and a hint of comedy.

The acts on stage steal the show, it is a cabaret lounge so do expect some of the costumes to show a little skin and left to the imagination.  I was transfixed and couldn’t look away from the sexy and sensual performances from the pole dancing and the effortlessly aerialist on the lyra and silks. I guess its a hidden desire to see performers looking sensational using such control in their strength that gives the appeal.  It is then I notice the ‘statue’ performers; what looked like two naked acrobatic types, masked and draped in long silk fabric. I think the ladies in the house woke up.

An average night out this was not, El’Circo is a rare style of evening entertainment. The acts are talented, the food is imaginative and such attention in the detail, the service was great and attentive.  Bookings are advised.

Would I recommend the place – definitely, be open-minded to reveal a hidden you.

I look forward to checking out their other shows on offer.

Spring is in the Air menu:

Verushka Darling – MC
Blue Phoenix – Chris Talbot
Suzy Q – Lyra aerialist rings

Tis Mistress Spring
Du Barry Cauliflower veloute with red beet mousse
Suzie Q & Toby J – Double Pole

Potted Blooms
Ricotta stuffed zucchini flower with capsicum coulis, flower salad dressed with rose water and lemon
Jade Twist – Contortion

Mexican Flower
Blue swimmer crab cake, avocado frosting, tomato salsa & basil oil
Krista Wade – Lyra, Burlesque

Pork “Spring Roll”
Double cooked pork belly, wine poached pear, jus flambe and creamy carrot mash
Blue Phoenix – Pole

The smell and taste of Provencal lavender and rosemary
Kristi Wade – Burlesque
Blue Phoenix & Toby J – Statues

Wild Flower Honey and Brie Brulee
A savoury French Brie creme Brulee with a touch of honey, served with a kataifi nest
Lauren Kyle – Silks

Sweet Triple Bouquet
Violet macaron; Elderflower ice-cream; Sunflower, orange blossom and chocolate lollipop.
Suzie Q & Toby J – Double Trapeze

El’ Circo
Selected Friday’s and every Saturday night
9-course degustation | 9 circus performances | $109pp

Slide Lounge | Cabaret | Events
41 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW
T: +61 (02) 8915 1899
E: info@slide.com.au