Based on the glowing recommendations of friends and several looks at the online menu, my wife and I decided to try Ma(i)son for our anniversary dinner. We were greeted at the door by the co-proprietor of the restaurant and given our choice of table. The other owner (and chef) kindly greeted us after we were seated and brought us water. All our questions about the menu were answered clearly and accurately - all the recommendations exceeded expectations. The chef brought us our entrees personally, a touch that was both personal and encouraging. All the dishes had great complexity of flavor, including the dessert, which balanced sweet, salty and savory wonderfully.
But what exactly did we have, you ask? The first course was a Bibb salad with a terrific Meyer lemon-truffle dressing, walnuts and pecorino, and the highly recommended mozzarella burrata, a "purse" of cheese, artichokes, garlic and olive oil that begged to be spread on the housemade bread. Our main courses were the broiled turbot in a lemon-caper butter sauce, over Fregola Sardo (similar to Israeli couscous) and wilted greens, and seared pork belly with shredded beets, wheatberries, diced cherries and swiss chard. Each bite was a surprise, with a slightly different balance of flavor every time: a hint of basil in one, the surprising sweetness of a cherry next, crisp citrus notes after that. For dessert we enjoyed a lemon verbena panna cotta, with blackberries, pistachios and thyme leaves, drizzled with honey. It was nothing we would have expected, but completely welcome to our palates. The one additional recommendation I would make (besides ordering everything we ordered) is to BYOB; the right wine would only heighten the already magnificent cuisine, and the Masons could help you pair whatever you brought with their offerings.
We have eaten a excellent restaurants all over the country and abroad; fine dining is our one extravagance (we are from Lancaster county, after all, and live for bargains). The prices on the menu, when compared with the quality of food, seemed generally on par; entrees were well proportioned and executed flawlessly. I would say the salads seemed slightly overpriced for how little you get, and call me spoiled but I can't help but bristle a little any time I have to pay extra for bread. But these are trifles; the meal overshot our already high expectations, and placed Ma(i)son comfortably in the ranks of the best restaurants we've enjoyed in Lancaster - no, I'd say anywhere.
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