If you're searching for a place to dine that just has that something different, check out Mr Mason. It's right in the heart of the CBD, with the entrance tucked quietly away in Little Collins Street. It's warm and friendly and very stylish.
The first impression as you enter, reveals a well stock restaurant and bar that's spacious and modern with long leather lounges sharing space with small dining suites around a very effective long central fireplace. The ambience is serene, cheerful and chic. For the warm summer months, the outdoor terrace provides an ideal spot to dine under the stars.
However, what is really special about Mr Mason is what they serve. While inspired by French tradition, the menu is produce- driven and showcases fresh local foods with a touch of simplicity and that no-nonsense rustic good sense. The result is superb.
[ADVERT]Whether dining from the full menu, relishing a plate of bites in the lounge area or enjoying a casual meal on the terrace, the quality of the food never disappoints. This place offers so much variety that I found it difficult to choose. Leaving the Parisian Afternoon Tea for my next visit, I chose the speciality Wine and Cheese Experience (being a self-appointed connoisseur of both). This package supplied four wines ranging from a Veuve Clicquot, a Marc Bredif Vouvray (similar to a Chen Blanc), followed by a French Beaujolais, and then an Argentinian Malbec. These were coupled with four very different cheeses - a wicked Tasmanian Double Brie, a very interesting French Pont L'eveque cheese, a Tasmanian Red Leicester style Rubicon Red and a very creamy Apostle Whey Australian Blue Vein - and feedback on the pairing was welcomed.
Mr Mason's staff happily chatted about where the inspiration is derived from and any other topic you cared to raise. The entire experience was a winner for myself and guest, and I intend to go back again (and again probably). There are a host of different packages if you'd like something a little special, such as Wine & Dine Weekends, Good Beer Week, Hen's Cocktail Experience, Super Safari, and the Parisian Afternoon Tea.
Having time out over the Easter long weekend gave me the opportunity to use my Mr Mason voucher, a lovely Christmas gift from my daughter, and I'm certainly heading back again shortly. However, I urge you not to wait for a gift voucher to appear. Take yourself and your special other or join your friends for a really interesting dining experience at Mr Mason. The staff will certainly welcome you.
The place is quite easy to find as it's at the rear of 530 Collins Street (Shop 10) which is opposite the Rialto building. Phone (03) 9614 4500, make your way to the corner of King and Little Collins Streets, and be sure to bring your appetite with you