People of Perth, get ready to treat yo’self. A new dessert bar is opening in Mount Lawley, and it’s the stuff of your sweetest dreams.
Measure will feature dessert delights crafted by the stunningly talented Karmen Lu (of MasterChef fame) – and they are seriously next-level. Think peanut bavarois with brownie base, brulee banana, salted caramel popcorn, dark chocolate ganache and popcorn gelato. It’s as good as it sounds, and we’re nuts about it! They also have a burnt honey rice pudding with cider poached pear, honeycomb, pear and ginger flower sorbet and caramelised puffed buckwheat – and it really is incom-pear-able.
But as if that’s not enough, let us sweeten the deal. You can also wash down all those tempting treats with an epic range of cocktails. Yes – this dessert bar really is a bar! Finally, somewhere that understands the only way to make dessert better is to add booze. Measure will have all your favourites, as well as some contemporary twists on the classics. Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, anyone? We’ll drink to that!
We’re pretty sure no other dessert bar will ever measure up (geddit?) and we can’t wait for the doors to open. But in the meantime, we had a chat to co-owner Ryan to find out more.
Can you tell us a bit about Karmen’s MasterChef experience and how it led to opening Measure dessert bar?
Karmen and I had been planning to open a business together since we started going out in 2012. It started out as a small café where I would make coffee and Karmen muffins, macarons and other yummy treats. As Karmen grew her skill base (she is mostly self-taught) into making more beautiful and intricate creations, we decided to combine her skills with my passion for single malt whiskeys and cocktails, and our idea to open the dessert bar was born.
Our plan to open Measure was a long-term one. Karmen had just finished her degree and was about to start working on the mines and I had just taken my first job out of hospitality. The confidence that Karmen gained from going on MasterChef and being successful is what gave us the push to bring forward our timeline.
Karmen’s favourite part of MasterChef was being surrounded by likeminded people (food nerds) to share knowledge with and bounce ideas off.
What’s your favourite dessert on the menu?
Our Earl Grey dessert is made up of milk chocolate mousse, Darjeeling panna cotta, cocoa soil, Bergamot truffle and soy milk sorbet. Eaten separately none of the elements taste like Earl Grey tea but eaten together the flavour is amazing. The Bergamot truffle has an incredible flavour kick that coats your whole mouth, we advise our customers to have a small bite of the truffle first to get the full experience of the dessert.
Alongside your desserts, you also serve up matching drinks. What’s your recommended pairing?
Our peanut bavarois with salted caramel, brownie, dark chocolate ganache, brulee banana and popcorn gelato is delicious but very rich. We have a beautiful sparkling shiraz which helps cut through the richness of the dessert and refreshes the palate while the sweet berry flavours compliment the dessert flavours.
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to open their own food business?
Get yourself a business mentor who has done it all before. There are so many ins and outs of starting a business that can become overwhelming if you don’t surround yourself with people who have the right experience.
On the flipside of this I really encourage anyone who has any knowledge of the hospitality world to share it with young people starting out. The barriers to entry are extremely high for those starting out and if we don’t all help each other out ambitious people will be lost to other careers and we will be left with the same five franchises on every main street.
When you’re in the mood for something a bit more savoury, where do you love to go for a great meal in your area?
We are so happy with our location on Beaufort Street. The strip is full of awesome restaurants and bars. My new favourite is 60 Grams. It’s a really cool bao joint out the back of Beaux Lane that is one of the only places in Perth to make their own bao buns – plus it’s cheap and they have beer.
Measure will open at 642 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates!
Image credit: Thom Perry