The former home of casual Asian restaurant Han’s Cafe – the century-old Northbridge building on the corner of William and Francis streets – now houses Cyril Mason’s, a specialist craft beer and pizza venue.
“We’re just a group of people who enjoy good food and drink,” says co-owner George Gifford, formerly of The Flying Scotsman and ex-bar manager of early Perth Fringe Festivals. “We all really enjoy our craft. Coming together and getting such a great spot in Northbridge was a dream come true.”
All of Cyril Mason’s beer is brewed in-house by veteran brewers Geoff and Dan Goddard, once of Fremantle’s Blacksalt Brewery. Beers are brewed only six kegs at a time.
“The brewers love what they do,” says Gifford. “They’ve always wanted to do something in smaller batches. They can run with their ideas and variations, and try different things.” The venue has 16 beers on tap with an opening selection including a pilsner, pale ale and Belgian-style beers. A cider is also served.
“We don’t sell anyone else’s beer,” says Gifford. “It’s all fresh beer, no pasteurisation or preservatives, it’s the way beer is meant to be. People thought we wouldn’t be able to pull it off.”
Non-beer drinkers, meanwhile, can keep hydrated with a cocktail or something from the list of natural, lo-fi wines.
Taking centre stage alongside the beer is Roman-style pizza from pizza-chef Raffaele Brotzu of Delisio. (Compared to the chewier, more commonly seen Naples-style crust, Roman-style pizza is notable for its crispness).
“There’s a real legitimacy to his pizza,” says Gifford about Brotzu before adding that one of the four varieties served by the slice will include (avert your eyes, purists) a Hawaiian pizza.
Antipasti and sharing-size pasta dishes are also available.
“We’re the small guy with big ideas,” says Gifford. “To take over a classic corner site in the heart of Northbridge and not be owned by a chain feels good. We just want to give good product, good service and make sure people have a really good time.”