Sunday, 27 January 2013

Mr Mason
530 Little Collins Street 

Visits Thu, 8 Nov 2012
           Thu, 29 Nov 2012
           Thu, 10 Jan 2013

Cuisine: French inspired
Taste Rating: 7.5/10   Value Rating: 7.5/10 

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I had a fantastic lunch at Mr Mason and have been back twice since. Each time, I have been happily satisfied with my meal and my dining companions have been similarly happy. 

I have to say this up front - the chocolate souffle at Mr Mason is to die for! Freshly made and delivered hot to the table, the smell of the chocolate wafting up is heavenly and invites you to hurry up and dig into the dessert.  The souffle is nicely moist in the middle and has a great dark chocolate flavour. Broken pieces of honeycomb provide a nice contrast in texture. As does the vanilla bean ice cream.

I have ordered from both the regular A la Carte menu and the Express Lunch Menu. I prefer the Express Lunch Menu because it changes weekly. Also, there is an interesting point with this menu. It says 'One Course for $15', 'Two Courses for $25' and 'Three Courses for $35'. You would assume this means one each of entree/main/dessert. But that is  not the case. You may choose two mains for $25, or two entrees for $25, for example!  I like the freedom of this. Some days, you may feel like having one main and one dessert, on hungrier days you might like two mains. 

My only gripe is that the chocolate souffle has not appeared on the Express Lunch Menu when I have been there. So we ordered it separately from the A La Carte Menu, to go with our Express Lunch mains. That is how much I liked this dessert! 

We found the service to be friendly every time. There are French and non-French staff. At our first visit, the waitress for our table was French, and had a first name of Paris!  

There is a Mr Mason free membership which provides you with food and beverage related benefits, and member invitations to in-house events.

On the whole, Mr Mason is a good place for a work or social lunch. The French inspired food is good quality at reasonable prices, especially on the Express Lunch Menu.  The service is prompt. The staff are friendly and helpful.  

Thu, 8 Nov 2012

 Entrance at Little Collins Street

 Nondescript Entrance, Notable Food


 Bust at Bar

 Chic Seating

 Lighting Feature

 Lounge Area with Wall Heating

One of the Seating Areas


 Chargrilled Rump Steak, Roasted Garlic and Onions, Buttered Beans

 Grilled Rump Minute Steak,  Hand cut Frites, Dijon Mustard, Petit Salad

Chicken Liver Parfait, Toasted Brioche, Apple Chutney

Interesting - cut bunch of garlic - with the Chargrilled Rump Steak

 Chocolate Soufflé, Broken Honeycomb, Vanilla bean Ice Cream

Another view of the Chocolate Soufflé, 

Thu, 29 Nov 2012

Crisp Confit Chicken Leg, Mograhbieh Cous Cous, Beetroot, Goat's Milk Curd

  Sticky Beef Salad, Chilli Orange Glaze, Iceberg Lettuce, Mint

 Pork  fillet Wellington, Sweet Potato Puree

 Chocolate Soufflé, Broken Honeycomb, Vanilla bean Ice Cream

Thu, 10 Jan 2013

 Salmon Tartare, Crème Fraiche, Crusty Baguette

 Kingfish Ceviche, Lime, Cucumber, Mango Granitè

 Country Terrine of Chicken, Capers & Jamon, Pickled Vegetables, Toast

 Confit Pork, Spiced Cous Cous, Carrot Puree

Tagliatelle, Mussels, Clams, White Wine, Cream

 Profiteroles, Vanilla Custard, Cherry Puree, Chocolate Ice Cream

Another view of the Profiteroles