I love Hackney Wick. I’ve got it written down on my to-do list to tell you why in more detail soon, but first, I wanted to tell you about its newest addition: Mason & Company. Set on the canal side in the Here East development (the one that’s seriously pushing the neighbourhood along), it’s a craft beer and kitchen from the founder of Five Points and the founder of Italian-America street food stall, Capish?. A pretty good mix, huh?
As soon as Ed heard that there was Five Points involved, we pretty much sprinted down there. It’s a short walk along the canal from our house in Clapton so it’s perfect for a quick low-key dinner date. It’s an open-fronted unit with tables outside and a simple but slick fit out — your typical Hackney Wick juxtaposition of raw concrete surfaces and sleek Scandi-esque timber stools and tables. It's a great summer evening spot, looking over the grassy banks of the canal.
With beers ordered — Ed on the Five Points, me on the delicious Beavertown Bloody 'Ell Blood Orange (they do other drinks too but naturally, it’s very much about the beer!), we moved onto the food. MY GOD the spaghetti bites. Let me break them down: creamy spapghetti, squidged into cubes, rolled in breadcrumbs, deep fried so they’re crunchy on the edges, and damn PERFECT with a squeeze of lemon. If my arteries would allow, I’d eat them all day long. Ed got the corn dogs too, though I couldn’t try those he said they were delish!
Then for the main event. ‘Cos if there’s one thing Italian-American cuisine does well it’s sandwiches. Ed got the signature Meatball Hero: pork and beef balls, marinara sauce, rocket, and provolone cheese on a polenta-crusted sub. Beats Subway, right? I went for the Aubergine Parm’, one of two veggie options — this one being the slightly naughtier, ever so tasty version with breaded aubergine, garlic aioli, mozzarella and more. Delicious. Worried that there wasn’t quite enough calories on the table already(!) we shared the courgette fries too: crunchy and crispy, with a tempura-like batter. Yum.