I happened to chance upon The Masons Table one evening as I was looking for a place to host a dinner with some friends. I had never heard of this place before. It’s near the Central Fire Station in the heart of Singapore, round the corner from Funan and Fort Canning Park, and walking distance from the City Hall MRT.
Ambience, Service and the Staff
The Masons Table is in the very grand looking Freemasons’ Hall of Singapore. They offer both a set lunch as well as dinners, and is a venue which is appropriate for events. We were a party of 5 and made reservations via Chope. The restaurant was all but empty on a Tuesday evening with a single table occupied by a group of business diners. We were seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant and were provided with water by the friendly and professional staff. Menus were provided at the table.
The restaurant has a classy feel to it, with a very large dining space in an area that is generally quiet. It’s a place that will appeal to adults who are looking for a great value meal in a nice environment.
Their menu is focused, offering few choices which was an indication that whatever they did, they did well. We started with some drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – and then ordered our mains. We got the Rustic Coq au Vin, the Pan-seared Salmon and the Grilled Pork Chop.
The drinks came out first, within a few minutes, and food was about 10 minutes behind. All the items were well presented. The portions were generous without being overwhelming. The Coq au Vin consisted of a Chicken quarter served on a mashed potato base with mushrooms and carrots on the side and a puree that was cooked beautifully. The Salmon was pan seared and tastefully presented on a bed of green lentils and some vegetables. The Pork Chop was particularly good with the meat cooked to tenderness, and a savoury gravy offset by an apple compote accompanied by some amazing roast potatoes.
Following our mains, two of us ordered dessert. We got the bread and butter pudding, and the Yuzu Mousse Cake. Desserts took about 5 minutes for them to bring out. Both items were well presented. The Yuzu Mousse cake was very pleasing with a light texture. The bread and butter pudding offered the wholesome comfort that is associate with a timeless classic.
The Price Point
Our bill for 5 people with drinks and dessert (for two) came up to just under $260 which is fantastic value for a restaurant of this calibre.
The Final Verdict
We loved this venue which had classical charm to it and would definitely come back. It’s a great place for a first date, a business meeting, a dinner with adult family, or just to catch up with friends.
Address: 23A Coleman St, Singapore 179806.
Phone: +65 8839 6627