Taking the place of Han Café in William Street, Cyril Mason’s Bespoke Beer Ristorante is all pink and grey and yellow inside with a very appealing bar at one end with 20 taps ready to pour – I think about 14 were on song when we stopped in for lunch with some of the in-house brewed beer and cider sold out and waiting for a new batch.
As well as the array of beer they have a very nice little wine list and from that we chose Ochota Barrels Hello Morning rosé -made from Grenache it is bright lustrous crimson with some really funky earthy notes on the nose. Flavours of tart cherries slide across the palate. Bottle Number 275 of only 598 made was enjoyed.
The menu has an Italian bent with a range of pasta dishes – Gnocchi with slow cooked pork; Spaghetti Gamberi; Fettucine with italian sausage among the choices; as well as pizza – by the slice or a whole pie – and smaller antipasti dishes on which we concentrated.
We began with a couple of croquettes – golf ball sized, crisply fried, filled with a creamy truffle infused mix inside and scattered with nutty parmigiana cheese – good start.
Then on to a Southern Italian inspired fried sandwich – Mozzarella In Carozza – a white bread sandwich filled with mozzarella and anchovy, crumbed and deep fried – gee this was tasty, if not all that good for the cholesterol. You need to try these.
Another excellent selection from the antipasti – black olives stuffed with slow cooked lamb, crumbed and deep fried – a beauty.
Finished with a slice of pizza Rita– their take on margherita – nice chewy base – fresh toppings – again done well.
So the food – well done pub style food, but out of the mainstream, just the thing to wash down the beer. And the beer? The couple we tried were spot on – an IPA style and cherry flavoured sour style – I will need to get back to try a few more.
Yep, Cyril Masons looks like it has all the hall marks of a very successful venture. Everything was on point –good food, beer, wine, service, ambience. Recommended.