We all feel empty-headed on some Friday nights – where to eat before heading for booze when everything in Lan Kwai Fong seems to cost an arm and a leg? Right opposite The Iron Fairies and a stone’s throw away from Bao Bei, Tsuru andd even Hooters, Slide on 79 is surely easy to reach.
Slide on 79 came across as a welcoming, neighbourly bar – showing live football on TV, offering an array of bar bites, spanning a modest area. Many were having drinks, but we stayed true to our passion and ordered both food and drinks *wink*. Note that Slide offers an all-day menu from 11:45am until 8pm.
No comfort food can rival a bowl of warm soup on a wintry day. While eating soup at a bar may sound off, we absolutely loved the broccoli soup ($48) that was silky smooth and loaded with chunky broccoli bits – it’s the kind of food your stomach needs before being drowned in a sea of alcohol.
Although sliders should be the showstopper here, we could not hide our pasta obsession. Filled with bell pepper, basil and tomato, the penne arrabbiata ($88) was served in a generous portion with bright hues. This dish wasn’t extremely memorable, but it was justly satisfying given its price and portion.
Sliders time! The crispy chicken sliders (sliders of the same kind: 2 for $79, 3 for $98, 6 for $179) did not disappoint. Stuffed with caramelised onions, white truffle oil and Emmental and smoked mozzarella cheeses, the petite buns bursted with flavour. I especially loved how soft the buns were, making for a perfect companion to the crispy chicken pieces.
We also ordered Let’s Get Mushy, because, really, that name is just too catchy to miss. A vegetarian-friendly choice, this slider variety is made with three types of mushrooms, white beans, cream cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato. The white beans did lend some amazing mushy texture to the mushroom patty, although we undoubtedly liked the chicken sliders better.
As a bar situated in Central, Slide on 79 offers a range of cocktails and mocktails, listed or off menu. We had Buddha’s Creation ($118), Strong Wave ($108), Naughty Berry ($118) and Caramelised Blood & Sand ($108), which was a twist on the classic Blood & Sand. We expected Buddha’s Creation to be more refreshing than it was; it turned out to be somewhat bland. My personal favourite was Naughty Berry, made with Bombay Sapphire gin, black raspberry, egg white, homemade cardamom, vanilla and clove syrup. It’s definitely a lovely pick for anyone who prefers a tang of fruitiness. Those with more hardened palates may prefer the Caramelised Blood & Sand (whisky and caramelised orange), which is quite strong.
Expect attentive service, friendly prices and toothy sliders at Slide on 79. With its bar-like ambience in mind, we reckon it’s a nice place to to grab a drink or two, but we probably wouldn’t recommend it for dinner as the music blaring in the background was way too loud for our tastes. Do ask for shots there if you feel like it!
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This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.