”Mes que un club”, says the club motto of FC Barcelona – more than a club, and indeed, ”Mas que Nada” – “yeah, right!” in Portuguese – was a huge hit for Brazilian crooner Sergio Mendes way back in 1963, launching the Tropicalia movement of the Sixties. While Mas.Que Dining Bar might not hit the title-winning, genre-defining heights of those two, they’re certainly creating a wave or two in the Northern Suburbs, with a menu that takes the varied cuisines that make modern Sydney and combining them to create fusion food of the very highest order. Take a trip up to St Leonards on the train – or drive up the Pacific Highway – as far as Albany Street to try a little bit of everything and something a little bit new at Mas.Que Dining Bar.
Nice ambiance and service and nice food. They kindly gave a extra free cake for the birthday boy at the end of our dinner when I requested a candle on our ordered desserts. Will visit again.
Unfortunately, our visit to Mas.Que was a comedy of errors. The food we did receive was amazing – duck and wagyu cooked to perfection – but the service was appalling. Our entrée was brought out with share plates, but only one was cleared (even after the waiter came back for the third time). My husband’s main arrived, with his entrée plate simply pushed aside (not removed), and no new cutlery for me. The new cutlery came, but still the second entrée plate remained. It took 3 more minutes for my main to arrive (and the second entrée plate finally removed), but they had replaced the asparagus and chips with potato bake and a handful of mixed lettuce. When I questioned the waiter, his reply was “we’ve run out of asparagus, and customer feedback told us chips wasn’t the best side for the duck”. I told him a could see his point about the chips, however I have a dairy allergy and can’t eat the potato bake. “Well you should have told us. I can organise some chips, just for you.” Um, not so much. If you’re going to change the menu, you need to tell the customer. Or re-print the mains page, since it’s just paper in a plastic sleeve anyway. My allergy wasn’t going to be an issue with the meal I ordered! He eventually brought out chips, plus some grilled mushroom & spinach (which was delicious), but it’s a shame they didn’t address the issue at the ordering stage. It also took over 45 minutes for them to clear tables, at one point seating another couple at the end of a dirty table, and not clearing anything until after the couple had finished their meal. Another table left and the table was still not cleared 1 hour later, when we left the restaurant. And they haven’t quite decided if they’re a restaurant or a café, with striking décor, fine dining chairs, but sachets of salt & sugar on the table, and steak knives from Kmart. It’s a shame, because the chef clearly knows they’re doing, but the other 2 members of staff didn’t have a clue.
There are more than enough different cuisines on offer in Sydney. From the countless curry houses to the Darling Harbour Chinatown, from Marrickville Vietnamese joints to the Norton Street Italian enclave, you’re never that far away from a great restaurant serving food from all the world over. In fact, there are so many to choose from that it can often be daunting to pick your favourite, but if you can’t make your mind up, you need not worry. Simply set a course for the Northern Suburbs, St Leonards and Mas.Que Dining Bar on Albany Street. There you can find fusion food in Sydney that brings all the best of the world to the table.
Begin your culinary world tour – without ever leaving the comfort of the Northern Suburbs – with a tapas selection. Turkish bread, Portuguese toast, chorizo croquettes and salt & pepper squid are just a few of the fusion favourites on offer, and you can follow them up with any number mains. Bao buns with vanilla roast pork belly, spring rolls, wontons and pan-fried gyoza dumplings hold up the Asian end of the bargain, while there are burgers – Turkish bread or saffron rice bun – filled with everything from chicken with aioli to fish with tartare sauce or braised beef cheek with BBQ sauce. As Mas.Que Dining Bar, there are no limits to the scope of the dishes on offer, so our recommendation is that you enter with an open mind and bring your biggest appetite when you make the trip to Albany Street in St Leonards. Book a table now.