Mason Mill

In Carmel, the old Rose Gardens has undergone a stunning transformation – the grounds are spectacular – terraced rose gardens, rolling lawns, children’s playground complete with bouncy castle, mini golf course, water feature containing some enormous koi and ducks bravely swimming above them.

Vista

As well the dining area is attractive – with both inside and covered deck areas for eating – and out the back a beer garden area – it is family friendly, obviously, and when we dropped in on a Saturday for lunch, it was absolutely packed.

BeerGarden

The waiters are friendly and welcoming, although when we arrived our booking hadn’t been listed on the booking sheet so we were seated at an interim table while the waiters looked for somewhere to seat us – then we spotted on a table nearby a placard with a reserved sign and our name! Go figure – the table was set aside but failed to make it to the booking sheet. Anyway, we were in place and ready to look over the menu.

The food is a cross between pub and casual café style I guess – we opted for a blackboard special of Mexican chicken, Salmon Two Ways salad, and a chicken BLT.

Chicken

The chicken was plump and juicy with a slather of bitter sweet mole sauce, served with coriander spiced rice and mango salsa – it was fine without being anything to write home about.

Salmon

My Salmon Two Ways came as slices of cold smoked salmon ringing the plate, one small cube of cold grilled fish, a slice or two of radish and a dollop of labné infused with ginger, as well as a slurp of mild horseradish cram. It was OK as far as it went, too little of the grilled salmon and totally lacking in any salad as such – a few leaves would have sparked it up.

ChickenBLT

The sandwich, in Turkish bread, had succulent and juicy chook, slathered in creamy mayo, with avocado, tomato, and of course bacon. A large serve, and well put together.

So the food is fine, nothing too innovative, but well-cooked and reasonably good value for money.

But the wine list really lets the place down – here it is in the heart of the Perth Hills and not a drop of local wine to be seen – the list seems to have been put together by a wine rep whose portfolio is largely Eastern States based. It was disappointing and stands in stark contrast to the restaurants we recently visited in Albany which made local wines their focus – the list could be so much better with a few wines from Myattsfield, Fairbrossen (almost their neighbour!), Brookside, Due Jolly, La Fattoria, Hainault, Aldersyde, Ashley Estate, Plume, Carldenn – these make excellent wines and would be promotion for the Perth Hills as a destination. Opportunity lost.

Rose

Having said that we had a very nice rosé from Dalzotto in the King valley – excellent food wine, but still…..

So – Mason Mill has the potential to be something very good indeed – a little more flair on the menu to complement the quite beautiful grounds and peaceful, friendly ambience – and certainly more effort to put together a focussed wine list. But it was packed so maybe others don’t care about these things as much as we do……

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Comments

  1. Bjorn Anthony says

    Could not agree more re the lack of local wine,extremely disappointing.We will not return until management rectifies the situation…..wine is the money maker in the food industry,they need to wake up.

    • Richard says

      Hi Bjorn,

      Thank you for your feedback. We do indeed stock Fairbrossen wines and have done for a long time. We also used to stock a large range of other local wines. Unfortunately our customers didn’t buy them so customer feedback, tastes and choices were listened to and resulted in us de-ranging these wines. That doesn’t mean we’ll never re range local wines but maybe helps explain why our wine list is made up as it is currently. We aim to range wines that people want to buy, ideally locally produced, then WA produced, then Australian produced then worldwide.

      • The FWO says

        Unfortunately I did overlook the 2 lone Fairbrossen wines on the list, however that does not particularly detract from the point made about the missed opportunity to promote the wines of the region in which Mason Mill operate – the Perth Hills. Perth Hills wineries are producing some outstanding wines and are found on wine lists around Perth, so I find it hard to accept that Mason Mill customers alone would not purchase, for example, wines from Myattsfield, Hainault and Carldenn, all of which I have seen on lists around town recently. It is also worth noting the paucity of the nearby Swan Valley wines on the list– and It cannot reasonably be said by anyone that Swan Valley wines are not recognized by the wine consuming public, or that they do not sell – so I reiterate the list is a missed opportunity to showcase wines of WA outside Margaret River (and yes I do know you have a couple from the Ferguson Valley and one from the Great Southern).

  2. Richard says

    Many thanks for your further feedback, it appears from your comments that you feel the need to be ‘superior and right’.
    I look forward to visiting your establishment soon and seeing how you’ve spent your millions in creating something that thousands of people a month visit and enjoy. Where is it again……?

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