If you watched Australian Masterchef in 2016, you would have seen the beautiful dessert creations of Karmen Lu. She just missed out on making the top ten, but her skilful creations stayed in everybody’s memory, and it was great day in Perth when she opened her dessert bar in Mount Lawley. Measure is very popular with the locals. As you walk in there is a busy bar area with a charismatic cocktail bartender, and further back there are quieter tables.
Karmen serves bar snacks like duck croquettes, arancini and sliders, but the thing that everybody drools for are the desserts, each one carefully thought out for maximum flavour and texture.
I chose the peanut caramel popcorn. A soft peanut bavarois atop a brownie, with caramel popcorn, popcorn gelato, wonderful brulee banana, a chocolate ganache, and salted caramel powder liberally sprinkled over. This was en exquisite dessert – everything matched beautifully and tasted great.
My partner chose the choc mint. Dark chocolate cremeux, chocolate royaltine (crushed cookies), choc mint soil, cacao nibs, chocolate popping candy, crispy milk foam and river mint gelato. The foam was really delicate and tasty, the river mint more subtle than regular spearmint, and the chocolate was rich dark and gorgeous. Another wonderful grown up dessert.
The sweet creations are not cheap – ours were $20 each, but they were oh so worth it. Measure is a great way to finish off a meal with a touch of Masterchef class. Highly recommended…and yes Karmen herself was there, working hard behind the pass.