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Restaurant Mason
Modern European
  • 3/35 Hunter St,
    Newcastle, NSW
  • (02) 4926 1014,
    www.restaurantmason.com
  • Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

Restaurant Mason
-32.928083,151.785136

Chef Chris Thornton cut his teeth among Michelin stars, which is evident in the small, focused and confident menu at this bright but elegant restaurant. Start with the somewhat retro and intensely flavoured crumbed egg with lightly charred asparagus, Gorgonzola dolcelatte, caramelised onions and wild garlic. It's gooey, it's sharp, and it's oh so good. Move on to the confit duck with pickled cherries, soubise sauce and black pudding. It's fork tender, with light crisp skin: a perfect combination of rich, smooth, sour and sweet. The summer trifle is a deconstruction of sorts: a vanilla brûlée, surrounded by feather-light almond sponge, peach and elderflower ice-cream. Sweet, balanced and intense, this is no mere afterthought. Service is casual, but enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The wine list is diverse across varieties and regions, with a clear Australian dominance. Worth a trip; worth a detour.

 


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At a glance

  • Price:
  • E $24-$25

    M $41-$45

    D $17

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Chris Thornton

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