Mason Pacific 1358 Mason Street
Mason Pacific, a quaint bistro located on the corner of Mason and Pacific, is unassuming to the eye, but filled with delicious bites and an extraordinary collection of wine. Once inside, your eye can't help but take you to the beautiful large glass windows, as classic San Francisco cable cars roll by. Chef Max Mickinnon crafted the menu, while sommeliers Dustin Wilson and Eric Railsback have curated the wine list. Mason Pacific recently reopened and I was thrilled to experience the restaurants brand-spanking-new dinner menu.
Okay, enough about the bread. We sampled a handful of starters including the scallop crudo, curried carrots and mussels, and summer corn with squid. While all three were deliciously light, the scallops and curried carrots were by favorite. I loved the unique pairings as well - curry and mussels, corn and squid? Definitely unexpected. For mains, we had the poached trout and braised lamb. Of the two, I much preferred the braised lamb - it was sous-vided, so the meat was tender and melted in your mouth. We ended the evening with the deconstructed lemon curd, which was just the perfect sweet note to finish off the meal. While the meal in itself was enjoyable on its own, I do recommend having the dishes with the suggested wine pairings. The various wines were absolutely delightful - my personal favorite was the red from Copain!
Mason Pacific is open for dinner Tuesday - Sunday. Highly recommend if you're looking for a sweet spot to try for your next dinner. Special thanks to Mason Pacific for having us!