A restaurant masquerading as a bar: Mason
Ice-cold beer, juicy natural wine and quality liquor accompanied by plates of extraordinarily delicious food in an ex-record shop in Newtown
An opportunity arose to become a co-partner of Rita, and together the three of them went about creating one of Wellington’s popular and critically acclaimed eateries.
Three years later, Matt’s ideas for his own place were still percolating, and the time came to branch out on his own. He wanted a place that was a bit rowdier than Rita, with a small but regularly changing menu. A fun bar that also served substantial food. And that place is Bar Mason – a restaurant masquerading as a bar.
It’s a bar, so we’ll start by talking about the booze. There’s local ParrotDog beer on tap and a fridge full of cold ones, a line-up of New Zealand organic and natural wine available by the glass or bottle and a small list of classic cocktails.
To go alongside your bevvy, the food menu features an ever-changing line-up of small plates with a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean vibe. In late summertime you’ll get dishes like zucchini fries with za’atar and labneh, watermelon and feta salad and cardamom rice pudding with roasted strawberries. By following the seasons, the food inevitably ends up being just what you feel like – light and fresh in summer, complex and heartier in winter.
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