Beaufort Street Merchant

A few Saturdays ago, I dragged Fatty to Duende to satisfy my late afternoon dessert cravings. I really wanted to try their apple crumble after seeing Simmybear’s pretty photo of it. I’m the kind of person that likes to try new things regardless of what other people thought of it. I am a huge sucker for pretty pictures. Fatty on the other hand needs reassurance (from multiple sources) that something is “amazing” before he would even look at it twice. We were literally standing outside Duende when Simmybear sent us a message saying the apple crumble wasn’t the best. That comment was enough to throw Fatty off. Hmmm…I’m still determined to go back and try it!!

Desperate for a sugar hit, we quickly googled a few more dessert options around the area. Beaufort St Merchant’s liquid dessert range, especially the rum and raisin affogato, had us intrigued! It is unfortunate that most cafes around Perth shut shop about 3-4pm.

WHAT WE ORDERED & THOUGHT

The rum and raisin affogato was a must and was devoured before the savoury dishes arrived. Dessert before mains – who’s judging?

On first bite, I was in heaven. It was so light and refreshing, I could eat a whole one to myself. I loved the chocolate bits embedded in the ice cream, adding a subtle crunchy texture to the dessert. Personally, I couldn’t taste much rum but Fatty said it was super strong. Either way, we both agreed this affogato was simply delicious.

Rum and raisin affogato, housemade px and bitter chocolate ice cream, aged rum, pedro ximinez & espresso ($14)
Rum and raisin affogato: House made px and bitter chocolate ice cream, aged rum, pedro ximinez & espresso ($14)

Mmm chocolate chips!

The wild mushroom was our next favourite. The combination of juicy and plump mixed mushrooms, creamy and smooth shredded buffalo cheese, crunchy pine nuts with a subtle smokey flavour made this dish perfect to my taste. I just wish there was more of it!

Wild mushroom, stracciatella, smoked pine nuts, rocket & basil puree ($16)
Wild mushroom, stracciatella, smoked pine nuts, rocket & basil puree ($16)

I wish we ended the meal on a good note…the seared tuna was the one thing I wanted more than anything else on the menu. I love sashimi, love squid ink, love brocolini but Beaufort St Merchant’s combination of all my loves just didn’t taste right. Although the tuna was seared just how I like it (99% raw), it lacked in flavour. Everything on this plate was so bland and the brocolini was well under cooked. Felt like I was chewing on a small tree.

Seared sesame tuna, squid ink noodles, horseradish, egg yolk, broccolini & Thai basil ($26)
Seared sesame tuna, squid ink noodles, horseradish, egg yolk, broccolini & Thai basil ($26)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thank you Beaufort St Merchant for a satisfying mid-afternoon snack! Typing up this post has me craving the rum and raisin affogato.  If it wasn’t for the disappointing tuna, I would have rated Beaufort St Merchant 4/5. But given the inconsistencies in the dishes, my final rating is 3.5/5.

There are a couple of interesting dishes on the menu that I’m keen to come back and try such as the freekah (fried okra), wild boar sausage, milk braised goat, and chicken liver parfait.
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