His & Hers lovely and discerning editor, alerted me to Graffiti Spirits, some way back down the line. She made her way to Salt Dog Slim’s to drink authentic, delicious Mojitos. Graffiti travelled extensively to source the best spirits they could lay their hands on,and employ bar-tenders with the cocktail mixology magic. And back in Liverpool that was reason enough to celebrate in style.
Words: Jean Hill
Slim’s Pork Chop Express offers a fun and British take on back yard American BBQ. There are links to Liverpool’s Chinatown cuisine with Lo Pan Tuesdays and Dim Sum, traditionally cooked in steamer baskets. Everything is made in house, and locally sourced wherever possible.
We opted for Smokes and BBQ on a Thursday. This involved a sticky rack of ribs, and Kornflake Chicken. Good choices. We picked and mixed our sides, and if there were a criticism, it would be a tiny minor one. The grilled asparagus was a little limp, lacking that sharp nutty flavour. The ribs had real bite, smoky rich flavour with a hint of sweetness and spice. We greedily shared a whole rack. The chicken was stunning. It was satisfyingly crispy, with no hint of oiliness. There was some kind of alchemy, a blending of buttermilk with spices, that rendered the chicken beautifully tender and delicious. The sweet potato, retained natural flavour with an added extra spicy, salty batter kick. Broccoli, usually not in the limelight, almost stole the show. It was seared, crisp, flaky in the best sense, and delivered that feel good factor. Broccoli contains calcium and vitamin K, and has antioxidant properties: and this is the way to eat it.
Dessert came in the shape of an ice-cream sundae, all too easy to slide down. Slim’s is a cosy, informal space, with tiles, brick walls, and interwoven wooden ceiling. The service was informative, friendly and efficient. There is a relaxed, chilled atmosphere, and there is a ‘secret’ cocktail bar next door. All this and almost traditional Sunday roast dinner too.
Tel: 0151 7095439
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