Eating Out restaurant review: Beskin West Leederville serves the best thing I’ve eaten this year so far

You know a dish is good when you subconsciously jiggle in your seat as you taste the first bite.

And you know it’s awesome when your dining partner not only does the same boogie, but says “happy food dance” out loud to confirm the fact that it’s so delicious.

That was our reaction to eating the roasted eggplant with mashed almonds, sesame and macadamia dukkah, fennel salad and homemade Szechuan sauce ($29) in Besk on the weekend.

It’s hard to describe the flavors as they’re as tight as Pub Rotto will be on Saturday after swimming; the creaminess of mash and soft eggplant, the spice and crunch of dukkah, a heat stroke of oil, with fresh fennel and herbs to balance it all out.

The best thing I’ve eaten this year so far.

Camera iconBesk’s roasted eggplant, mashed almonds, sesame and macadamia dukkah, fennel salad, homemade Szechuan sauce will have you dancing happily. Credit: Jade Jurewicz

If you haven’t been to Besk yet, this is a space in West Leederville with tall exposed beams and brickwork, tons of natural light, and its own bottle store. Unsurprisingly, if you come after work or on the weekend, you’ll need luck to snag a table.

Opting for an early lunch, we sat at a small table in the corner, thankful there was a bench seat to the side as our stomachs were bigger than the surface on the table.

Fried cauliflower, shredded cabbage, smoked almonds, tahini, chili-lemon vinaigrette $21
Camera iconFried cauliflower, shredded cabbage, smoked almonds, tahini, chili-lemon vinaigrette $21 Credit: Jade Jurewicz

The fried cauliflower with shredded cabbage, smoked almonds, tahini, chilli and lemon dressing ($21) was another cracker of a vegetarian dish, especially the bed of tahini yogurt-type sauce on which it was nestled.

Don’t just take my word for it, he got kudos from several people who responded to my Instagram story of the cauli in all his glory saying they got him and “WHAT OH THAT’S GOOD ?”.

The 250g organic charcoal-grilled Dandaragan sirloin with roasted paprikas, capers, goat curd, herb salad and chimichuri ($34) is also hard to fault. There was a nice char outside, cooked to perfection, and the goat cheese and herb salad was a refreshing accompaniment to the chimichurri. The roasted paprikas were humble but delicious.

Grilled broccolini, tabasco remoulade, roasted pumpkin seeds - $13
Camera iconGrilled broccolini, tabasco remoulade, roasted pumpkin seeds – $13 Credit: Jade Jurewicz

Finally, the charred broccolini would be the perfect accompaniment or dish to enjoy on its own, garnished with a tasty remoulade of tabasco and grilled pepitas ($13).

Besk has always been a go-to for a buttery chardy on a hot day, but the execution and elevation of humble ingredients into something spectacular proves it’s more than just a neighborhood bar.

Besk

Address: 264/270 Railway Parade, West Leederville

The verdict: Come for the superb wine and beer list, stay for the delicious cuisine full of flavors and surprises.

Rating: 8.5/10

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