Masons, set in a colonial style building from 1935, soaked in quiet greenery is the kind of place that you would like to have a romantic dinner, anniversary date, or hold your afternoon wedding reception. It gave off that lovely type of vibes.
A little bit of its history – the current building was built by the British army, and became one of the last British posts to fall to the Japanese. Verve’s owners (which coincidentally was one of the first restaurants I reviewed way back in time) took over the building and spent about a million to restore the building in its current splendour.
Masons is located at Gillman Village, probably need someone to drive you here as it is situated just off the AYE near the Alexandra Retail Centre (Labrador Park MRT).
It has a black-and-white European style in decor, with a spacious main dining room with classic looking tiles, some decorated with English Rose motifs. Those who preferred to drink and share a pizza would hang out in the alfresco verandah – I went during a weekend noon and was really serene and peaceful, especially when it rained slightly before the meal.
Price is on the mid-high side, executive set lunch from $28 for two courses or $38 for three courses, and a newly introduced tasting menu ($98++) including some of their house favourites like Seared Foie Gras, Classic Lobster Cognac Bisque, Seared Scallop, Grade 4 Wagyu Beef with Roasted Duck Breast and a dessert.
For the price, as I did hear good things about the chef, I was perhaps expecting more from the food. For example, the Lobster Cognac Bisque was adequate, though could have been much richer and luxurious. Personal preference.
Though I asked for a medium-well beef, it came slightly more done that I wished. While overall it was a delicious plate, as what was served were beef fillet the texture was on the dry side and felt it needed something with more moisture to balance off. (The Grade 4 250 gram Wagyu Beef fillet on ala carte would have been $90.)
Dessert, a Rustic Lemon Tart with Raspberry Salad was absolutely wonderful, not too sweet and with a touch a tang.
Service was excellent. The manager Yannick was polite and professional. The meal overall felt good, especially dining in this beautiful and historic grounds. With starters already at $16 and above, the price point could have been lowered.