London Slide may just have convinced me that sliders need to be taken seriously. At least theirs do. Located (literally) under the right nostril of Ain Dubai (by Meraas) on the very tip of the Bluewaters Island Wharf, London Slide’s interior is a successful mixture of art deco and urban chic. There’s an (unusable at this time of year) outdoor area which should be a real hoot when that wheel starts a-turning. It’s worth mentioning that London Slide is a part of The London Project (upstairs).
I’m not sure what the connection is but London Slide offers both sliders and bao. I’m not big on bao and stuck instead to the sliders ordering The Duke, Marinated Grilled Chicken and the Fleet Street Fillet for a good, non-veg sample of their menu. First things first – size – these sliders are bigger than the midgets some places serve. They’re about the same diameter of an In-N-Out burger (maybe just a tad smaller) but double the height; you really have to stretch those jaw muscles. There are two sliders per order which represents pretty amazing value if you ask me.
I cannot remember the last time I was so smitten at first bite. And this applies to all three sliders, the grilled chicken particularly so. In fact, if I had to choose one which impressed me the most, I’d say it was the chicken. Why? Well, think about how good grilled chicken in a bun needs to be to outshine a perfectly cooked meat patty drizzled with truffle oil. Yeah, it was really special. So was the fish and chips style fillet of battered cod which comes sandwiched in a black bun – yeah! And before anyone accuses me of being any more gluttonous than I am, there were two of us – I didn’t eat all that on my own.
Service was equally good. And I realised why after chatting for a couple of minutes with the pretty Czech manager, Gordana.
The Aussie owners of The London Project, of which London Slide is a part of, are the same dudes behind Leopold’s of London. That’s where the funky concepts and experience comes from. Only opened since Feb of this year, London Slide has hit the ground running. And it’s not just about food, Gordana tells me that London Slide has a commendable social conscience, using everything from paper straws to donating 10% of the proceed of their own brand of water towards conservation projects. That’s all very good and I bao to them (I just had to throw that in) but it’s their sliders I shall return for and so should you. London Slide, worth a detour.
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