I dropped past No Mafia the other day – just for a drink to slake our thirst on the way back from wherever. This is a tiny bar in William Street, Southern Italian themed food and a well composed drinks list. I have eaten here before and can recommend the food – it really is well presented, innovative fare. But today it was just a short drink stop….
We sat out front on stools at a high table on the footpath and we were welcomed by a very friendly waiter. She ran through our choices – both of us wanted a beer this time – and so a can of Young Henry’s Hop Ale from Margaret River and a bottle of Eagle Bay Black IPA from Yallingup were soon delivered up to our table.
The Hop Ale has, as its name suggests, a lot of hop flavours and aromas – and I do mean a lot – but it also has a good deal of malt whacked in as well which has turned down the bitterness level somewhat and given it a lingering caramel finish. This is a very drinkable beer.
The Black IPA is deep and dark in colour, with a touch of citrus and pine on the nose enticing you to drink. The palate has caramel, coffee and chocolate notes, with a very firm, bitter finish. This is more suited, I think, to having with food – but it was a delight on its own as well.
So a beer each later we were on our way – No Mafia has carved out a niche in the busy William Street/Cultural Precinct area and is well worth a visit. Remember if you go to try the food as well – you will not be disappointed.