The venue is the sparkling Slide on Oxford Street, and the night itself is called El Circo. Think nightclub meets restaurant, with giant chandeliers, nice lighting, candles on the tables, set stages, and a reasonably big sound system (but they hold the base during dinner so you can hear your dining companions speak). It is a theatre restaurant type experience, but don't let that put you off.
The chef/creator is Marc Kuzma aka Claire de Lune and he's serving up a burlesque parody of fine dining and molecular gastronomy - with politics that begin with the first course - Faux Fois Gras.
As you can see, it's served up in a petri dish, with bandage wrapped crackers, and almost at the same time, some attractive man-meat is also served on podiums around the space:
The second course was a test tube of three soups. You used your straw to experience an alternating series of hot and cold taste sensations.
But there was no alternating hot and cold in the next performance - it was just hot - a sexy Middle Eastern number with a saucy male belly dancer:
The next course's molecular element was Teriyaki Lace which I have to confess felt a bit like eating a (tasty) barbed wire fence... but I did enjoy the underlying Salmon Carpaccio:
On the floor - a clever reworking of shadow puppets, with some er... erotic juggling of light:
The next course was a virtual risotto, inhaled from a balloon pricked by host Verushka Darling:
So by now, we are probably a bit tipsy, so the documentation fails a little - there was a mime act (not my cup of tea, she used very loud, annoying vocalisations) and a pole dancer (quite good, but not as hot as my favourite Miss Suzie Q) - and then it was back to the food. For the next course, we were given a rubber glove, and a plate swirled with sauce:
The protein took the form of a Lamb Shank, and we collectively gnawed it in a primal sort of way (I'll spare you the gnawing, and just give you the shank):
The next act was my favourite - Aussie Pole Boys - and I will give you a teaser, but not much more as you will see them on the Hellfire stage in October:
I think (again, alcohol blurs my recollection) there was a lovely French song from the host at this point, accompanied by some more pole - a sexy girl with chunky thighs that took my fancy). The next act made me laugh - guess what movie it's from?
Dessert was another bit of political fun - injecting cosmetics into a fluffy coconut covered lab rat at the table (think syringes of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and berry coulis):
My dining companion had much fun with this. In fact the whole night was fun. It'd make an AWESOME group excursion, and it's a whole night of entertainment and dining, for $80/head, plus alcohol. My only caution - you do tend to drink a lot as you are there for hours. I'll leave you with cosmetic tester Craig, and his lab rat:
El Circo at Slide
41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 8915 1999