A regal feast

I ADORE Beaufort Street—it has a rockin’ vibe.

Spanning three suburbs it reminds me of Freo’s Cappuccino Strip during the mid-2000s.

Remember, before it became numb and lifeless?

Beaufort Street is a foodie’s paradise and has more restaurants and cafes than you can poke a chopstick at, and not just the familiar suspects like Nando’s and Grill’d.

Highlights include the quirky Asian roasting house Dainty Dowager, and tucked down a backstreet is the seafood restaurant Grab a Yabby.

Bustling atmosphere

At the Highgate end is The Queens Tavern, which combines Beaufort Street’s bustling atmosphere with a family-friendly vibe.

The Queens is made up of vast dining spaces and has a beer garden with beautifully-lit Plane trees, which turned out to be a great spot to plonk the kids so they didn’t disturb other patrons.

I recommend you arrive hungry because the food here comes in very large portions.

The fish tacos ($16) are great value: the chargrilled hake fillets were moist and flakey, and the pickled slaw and creamy jalapeno mayonnaise added a nice kick.

Sadly the tortillas are those dry store-bought ones. A quick fry in olive oil would have really brought them to life (I certainly don’t mind getting my hands greasy for good food).

The pork belly bao ($16) is served in sweet, fluffy buns with a generous hunk of hoisin-flavoured pork belly and more slaw. It’s all brought together by this seriously sticky caramel sauce, which is to die for.

The Queens has a unique take on squid ($15), opting for nori and sesame-infused bread crumbs over batter.

The sesame was missing in action but it didn’t matter, and it was deliciously moorish.

The mushroom and truffle arancini ($15) are very good. The extra large risotto balls are dotted with chunky mushroom pieces and the creamy filling exudes an earthy, truffle aroma. Mouthwatering.

Mini burgers

We ordered the sliders ($9.90) for Ollie and Chloe and the mini burgers were more than enough for the two kids to share.

The sliders are the perfect size to fill small bellies and the mound of chips ensured there was no bickering over who had the most.

The Queens Tavern is everything a good pub should be—it serves well-priced quality food, the staff are friendly and the service is impeccable.

by MATTHEW EELES

The Queens Tavern
520 Beaufort Street, Highgate
9328 7267

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