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“Pinot & Duck Devine”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mason

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Ranked #10 of 557 Restaurants in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Newcastle, Australia
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“Pinot & Duck Devine”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

How great that Restaurant Mason is BYOW. Whilst the in-house wine list is OK it adds another dimension to be able to bring cellared wines from home to compliment the wonderful dishes prepared by chefs Chris & Kylie.

Our entrees were both well presented and the taste matched the visual. Delicate flavours made the poached veal tongue and foie gras a treat. The vegetarian risotto worked well with the pecorino, caramelised onions and the roasted peppers. However if the pecorino was "truffled" then it is a shame that the flavour was masked by other ingredients.

Our main was the signature dish at Mason - Duck for two, Marmalade, Crushed Potatoes, Pistachios, Beans and Duck Jus - coupled with our 2007 Fenton Road pinot noir - expectation was high and we weren't disappointed! The marmalade added zing; the jus was perfectly seasoned.

Unfortunately the desserts were a let down. The apple tart had spent just too long waiting to be served and was dried out. The waitress was awry in indicating the serving size of the ice cream that lead to a gross oversupply.

Whilst speaking of waitresses it behoves an establishment that takes pride in the awards it has received to employ staff who are up to that level of training. The night started with the waitress spilling the wine and then filling the glass to the very top, Information on dishes was poorly stated or not known. She was a lovely person and will eventually make a good waitress but at the moment not up to the standard expected of an awarded restaurant.

But the lure of being able to bring my own wine will bring me back and every meal is a new experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Always Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

I am a regular at Restaurant Mason and I am always happy with the service and the qualityof the food. Its a must visit for all foodies in Newcastle.

  • Visited October 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Lovely food but...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

Visited Mason tonight after hearing great things, we dine out in Newcastle regularly and found that the quality of food was very good, particularly the main of 'duck for two' which was excellent. The service was also friendly & helpfull. Unfortunately, we were seated at a table directly in front of the door and were very cold for most of the night with people coming and going and leaving the door open. This put a dampener on the evening somewhat as it effected the atmosphere and meant we decided not to stay for desert etc.

  • Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“service is slow but a real find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Mason is at the gentrified end of Hunter Street towards the beaches and the entrance to the harbour. It was a Japanese and the decor is cool and refined. The place was full and it seemed thee weren't enough staff to cope or maybe they were still learning because they were slow and we had to wave to get their attention. But they were really nice.
The food is sensational. Small menu of entrees and mains and big menu of desserts. Whats not to like about that? Entree highlights were the chicken wings which are about as far from what you're thinking as the 24 hour cooked pork belly is from any pork you've ever tasted.
Small but well priced wine list

  • Visited October 2012
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Newcastle
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“Great food combinations!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I have eaten lunch at Mason three times so far. The food and service have been top notch. The wine list, while small, is sufficiently comprehensive, and reasonably priced.

On my latest visit with a group of friends, we chose to take our own cellared wines and pay $10 corkage per bottle.

Most of us chose two entrees and shared desserts.

We tried a variety of dishes:

The Roasted Banana Pepper, Caramelised Onion Risotto, Celeriac, Thyme and Truffle Pecorino ($19) was delicious (see photo); A Broth of Peas and Smoked Ham Hock, Steamed Pork Cheek Dumplings and Iberico Ham ($20) was pronounced “fantastic”; as was the Roast Prawns, Rosemary and Gnocchi ($20).

The Butchers Pork Sausage, Pommes Mousseline, Lyonnais Onion Gravy and Spinach ($18) was tasty; and the Spatchcock, Red Witlof, Bitter leaves and Soubise ($18) (see photos) was divine, with the meat juicy and tender.

A main of Roast Angus Grange Steak, Potato Rosti and Mushrooms ($34) was devoured with relish.

The only disappointments were the small size of the $34 main sized fish dish (see photo), and the triple cooked chips ($9). Having said that, the snapper was perfectly cooked and the accompanying peas, bacon and parsley potatoes complimented the fish well. The chips, on the other hand, tasted as though they had been reheated.

We sampled three of the desserts: Hazelnut Chocolate, Wafer, Caramelised Chocolate Mousse, Milk Chocolate Ice Cream ($14); Apple and Almond Tarte Tatin, Golden Raisins, Nutmeg and Amaretto ($14); and Spiced Brulee, Pomegranate and Strawberry, Pomegranate Molasses Ice-cream ($13) and a cheese platter. No complaints here!

Overall, another great effort from the small team in the minute kitchen at Restaurant Mason. We will be back!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Glynis031
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