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The Imperial's X-rated drag 'n' dine experience is back, and it's extra saucy
Feeling frisky? The Imperial Hotel in Erskineville has brought back its X-rated drag 'n’ dine experience, Rood Food.
This multi-course dinner paired with an adults-only drag revue in the Impy’s Priscilla’s Restaurant is not for the faint of heart (BYO pearls to clutch), but a happy ending is on the table. Naughty performances and drag antics tickle you with laughter as you work your way through a menu of deftly designed dishes with blush-inducing names that put private parts on the plate. Time Out went to see what the latest edition of debaucherous feast brings to eating out.
We got the foreplay started with the ‘pussy pâté’ (a gaping valley of cashew pâté with black moss), which brings a surprising depth of flavour for a vegan take on a traditionally liver-laced dish, but you can also opt to ‘bring back to the bush’ with a salmon ceviche served with coconut vinaigrette. For the main event, the Imperial’s head chef Christopher Dale Tolcidas tantalises your tastebuds with what Priscilla’s does best: vegan-friendly dishes that bring the humble veggie out of the closet (a ‘single purple shotgun’, created with an intimidatingly long and girthy roasted purple carrot) and slow-cooked meats (think ‘bareback’ lamb ribs with ‘cum-back sauce’, and braised 'wagyu cheekiness'). A chicken or fish option wouldn't go astray, but maybe they ran out smutty puns when it came to white meat.
If you have an appetite for more, they’ll finish you off with a trio of very bad desserts – including the return of Rood Food favourite the ‘panna knockers’, jiggling their way back onto the menu with new and improved brown butter braised pear ‘nipples’. Meanwhile, the phenomenally phallic Big Brown Chocolate (BBC) made its way onto the list of the best things we tasted that week.
The Impy’s resident drag queens are on the enter-taint-ment, with Etcetera Etcetera directing, producing and performing with Peach Fuzz, Dammit Janet, Dakota Fann’ee and Riot. Rood Food shantays onto the scene hot on the heels of the Impy's first post-lockdown dinner show, The Priscilla’s Experience. The former was a non-stop ride, with the perfomers excitement to be back barely leaving any room to look down at your plate for your next mouthful. Rood Food, on the other hand, is a three-part production showing more pace and focus than than it's predecessor. Expect a dragged-up Uber Eats spoof, male dancer Kalin Eade doing mischievous things with a banana, and more self-saucing serves. The costuming by Erin Caroll Design (@notsewboring) never misses a stitch as it pans from the comedic to the sumptous.
With dancing still restricted to bopping along in your seat at venues across Sydney, a dinner and a show is one of the liveliest nights out on the town right now. And this raunchy take on drag 'n’ dine is a whole lot of fun. Rood Food encourages us to be playful and see the silliness in sexuality. If you need to refresh your pallate with a spooky season approrpiate dinner and show, head over to Oxford Street for Scream Queens.
Rood Food dishes up every Friday and Saturday night until Saturday, November 21. There’s two physically-distanced sittings each night at 6pm and 8.15pm. Dining packages start from $69 per person for a two-course ‘Kiss and Tell’ affair, while the more sizable ‘Full Service’ three-course package starts from $89 per person, both with an optional two-hour bottomless beverage package available for $40. Bottoms up! Book here.