The essentials: 566 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Open Monday to Friday 4pm til late, Saturday 12 noon til late and Sundays 12 noon to 10pm
Clarence’s is a small and inviting bar located in the heart of Beaufort Street. With dim lighting and mood set candlelight, this place radiates with atmosphere from the moment you walk through the door. The exposed brick walls and intimate leather booths give this space a modern ambiance that I found quite alluring.
On this particular Saturday night I decided it was time to try this cosy bar for dinner, we had booked several days in advance after hearing of its popularity and I’m proud to say it has already made it onto my favourites list.
The staff are friendly and they provide the exact amount of service required for any dining experience, their knowledge of the menu is valuable and they don’t over service to the point of annoyance.
The menu is intricate, and with so many tempting dishes we decided on a tappas style for the evening. We ordered a total of six course, plus dessert.
Soft shell crab sandwich with herb salad, chilli & citrus dressing ($14)– one of the most memorable dishes of the evening. The crab was cooked to perfection and the chilli and citrus dressing gave the most amazing burst of flavour – there was just enough chilli to give the dish a bit of a kick and the citrus balanced out the flavours nicely.
Charred artichokes, goats cheese, citrus salad ($12) worked well with the strong flavour of the goat’s cheese, and again the citrus salad cut through the sharp flavours very nicely, offering a sweet aftertaste.
The potato skins chorizo salsa and sour cream ($8); the skins were baked suitably, because they were thinly sliced it meant they were nice and crispy, this accompanied with the saltiness of the chorizo and corn salsa gave the dish a nice burst of flavour.
White anchovies and crisps ($12): the white anchovies which were pickled in vinegar, accompanied with the crisps I felt this dish gave a modern spin on salt and vinegar chips. Although delicious this dish was quite oily.
Chorizo ($9) is chorizo – always delicious with some freshly squeezed lemon!
The radicchio witlof, walnut & gorgonzola salad ($12) was extremely strong in flavour, however all elements of the dish needed to be eaten together to really experience the punch of flavour.
We ended the night on dessert – peach honey & almond semifreddo, biscotti ($12.5) came served in a small jam jar. This was yet another culinary masterpiece – all the flavours worked well together, we had to stop ourselves from licking the jar clean!
Everything about this place – from the vibrant atmosphere, the delicious well priced food and the friendly staff, makes for a memorable evening. I will certainly be making Clarence’s a regular rotation on my restaurant list.