PERTH | Clarence’s was one of the first wave of small bars to pop up in Perth when WA’s small bar liquor licence was introduced in the late 2000s. It became a favourite of many, and I popped in often during my visits back home. When Clarence’s closed in 2019, it left a noticeable hole in the Mt Lawley bar scene.
One of Clarence’s regular patrons, Eli Barlow, decided to do something about it, taking over the lease to open a revamped Clarence’s, Clarence’s Company Store. Conveniently for me, it opened the week before I arrived in town.
The space is familiar, but has definitely seen some changes. It’s a bit sultrier, inspired by New Orleans’ French Quarter. It’s where the food and drink also draw inspiration. And don’t worry, the cosy courtyard is still pumping out the back for those balmy Perth days and nights when you just want to be outside.
Chef Daire Fox (ex Varnish on King) and bartender Phil Weber (ex El Grotto, Si Paradiso) have respectively put together a great food and drinks menu weaves local produce, native ingredients, and WA makers into the offering.
Wining and dining with my friend’s and kindred food spirits Laura and Ryan meant that we tried a LOT of food (this was after lunch one at Si Paradiso).
I couldn’t fault a thing; it was all top notch. Charred West Coast octopus with kunzea & finger lime, brilliant. Scorched tomato salad with wild rice crisp & verde, summer on a plate. Duck liver parfait with Davidson Plum and Company Loaf, give me more.
Then there’s the wonderful grilled akoya oysters with coriander & lime, umami laden pan fried peppers with goats curd & tobacco onions, and divine beef tartare with horseradish creme & cured egg.
Welcome back Clarence’s, Mt Lawley missed you.
Clarence’s Company Store
566 Beaufort Street
Western Australia 6050
Telephone: (08) 6186 6195
Sun, Wed – Thu: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat 4:00pm to 12:00am