Mas

What it is: A restaurant serving a varied menu of Spanish tapas (small plates), focusing on slow food, and organic and locally sourced food.  Located in Belmont at 501 Monticello Road.  Check out there menu here:

http://www.mastapas.com/tapas/

Why it’s rad: I have never felt sad when eating something at Mas.  From the start of the meal (always a plate of assorted olives), to whatever dishes I end up selecting, I never feel let down.  Their dishes are unique and good quality. I don’t want to eat food in a restaurant that tastes like I could have made it.  Anything beyond that, atmosphere, appearance, are all superfluous, really, but I must admit, I love the dining style at Mas.  You order as many small dishes as appeal to you, and they are put on the table and shared by everyone, which is arguably the best way to eat–it’s intimate, casual, and lets everyone enjoy whatever dishes they like most.

On top of giving you a good meal, it’s just so charming.  (Do you see those yellow patio umbrellas?!)  The whole restaurant has this fancy utilitarian feel to its decor, a sort of industrial chicness that is easy to ignore but is still fascinating to look at.  The waitstaff is always efficient and down to business (probably because Mas constantly has customers; that picture was taken on a Monday at 5pm).   They serve food late and always seem to have appealing cocktail specials, as well as an extensive wine list, which makes for good nightlife (unless you aren’t sick of eating bar fare and getting beer spilled on you), but you can also easily go out to eat here with your parents.

 

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