Have you been to Clarences? If you have any interest in the upscale side of Beaufort Street that is funky and beautiful in its decor and food/drink selection, you should make your way there. It's an institution amongst the Mount Lawley crowd. The first before the likes of Five Bar popped up and made this strip a place to be on the weekend nights.
It's a Saturday afternoon, and sadly Jeremy and I are starving at a rather inconvenient time. We're thinking of waiting until 6pm to go to Clarences to eat but when we call up to book, they tell us that the only free table they have is at 4.30pm (yes this place gets completely booked out). So we rush down and take them up on this offering (can you blame us!).
As we arrive the bar area is in full swing already. Rosy cheeked girls with beautifully glistening glasses of red wine are accompanied by men with beers in hand. It seems everyone here is gorgeous - though it could be an optical illusion since I'm feeling crippled by my hunger.
We focus on the snacks and small goods portion of the menu since it's not quite dinner time, knowing we'll be hungry again at a more suitable time.
The meal starts off with the Porcini Arancini & Feta Whip ($12.50). It's three arancini balls heavy in their mushroom taste and with a crispy panko crumb on the outside. They give a satisfying crunch as we bite down into them. The feta whip is reduced and melted feta cheese smeared across the plate. It's a new way for me to experience this cheese but tastes really nice.