‘Slice’ by name and slice by nature – well actually building…because that’s the first thing that strikes you as you stand in front of this little gem of a restaurant hidden away in Sketty, Swansea. Seating just 16 people, this certainly is a place where I would advise to book before heading over there – you really don’t want to be disappointed.
Owned and run by business partners Adam Bannister and Chris Harris, the chef’s take it in turn to run the front of house and kitchen. It’s certainly a unique experience for myself, however it makes for a knowledgeable, attentive and intimate service, where the dishes are explained with a true passion and understanding of the ingredients.
First things first though…you need to have a certain level of fitness for this restaurant. The dining area at Slice is located on the first floor, which is only accessible via a flight of stairs. It isn’t great for accessibility and not so fantastic if your knees are failing at a young age, especially as the toilets are back downstairs – but I left a little fitter so I guess every cloud has a silver lining.
Visiting on a Friday lunchtime, there were a choice of menus from 2 or 3 courses at £29 and £32 respectively, to the 6 Course Tasting Menu at £48. On this occasion 3 courses were the call of the day, accompanied by a very good medium dry bottle of Vouvray (ok I know it was lunchtime, but hey it was Friday after all).
A well presented, fine dining experience followed with a starter of mackerel with cucumber, gooseberry and yoghurt jelly. The strong tasting fish was balanced with the softer flavour of the cucumber, and while it was a touch over seasoned for my liking, it had a beautifully crispy skin and was well cooked.
Being a medium rare kind of person, the main course of barbecued pink Wagyu rump accompanied with blue cheese gnocchi and bobby beans was perfect and succulent, with each element of the dish complementing the other.
Now a little unknown fact, I can’t stand bananas! However, never one to shy away from putting some ‘interesting’ stuff in my mouth, being accompanied by a bitter chocolate mousse and salted popcorn ice cream, I thought I would just skirt around the caramelised banana cheesecake. There was evidently not necessary. With just a subtle hint of banana I fell in love with this dessert, and while presentation wise it wasn’t the attractive dish of the meal, I still dream about that sweet, salty, fragrant, smooth (oops may have gone a bit too far then!)…ice cream.
- An intimate and relaxed dining experience.
- A clear eye for detail, the dishes are beautifully presented and the ingredients well thought out.
- Recommended in both The Michelin Guide and The Waitrose Good Food Guide – this sums up how good this restaurant truly is.
- Having won the Welsh heats on Great British Menu 2015 and being a close runner-up in 2016, Adam Bannister is certainly a Chef who enjoys a challenge and has a true passion for his profession.
Would I go again?
Definitely. I have had the absolute pleasure to meet and speak to Adam Bannister and his family since writing this review, and that 6 course tasting menu is calling to me!
Would I recommend Slice?
A visit to Slice in Swansea comes highly recommended, however note the opening times of Friday to Sunday for lunch (12.30pm-2.00pm) and dinner Thursday to Sunday (6.15pm-9.15pm). Reservations can also only be taken by telephone.
Address | 73 – 75 Eversley Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9DE
Telephone | 01792 290929
Web | www.sliceswansea.co.uk