For fans of the popular cookery television show MasterChef, the Millennium Place hotel in Dubai Marina has a real treat for you. Located just off the main lobby lies a fun restaurant that brings an entirely new notion of dining to the city – MasterChef, the TV Experience Restaurant.
While this may not be the first restaurant to open in Dubai based upon a television show, following hot on the heels of Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen on Bluewaters Island. MasterChef the TV Experience is a world-first restaurant concept, based upon and powered by the global television phenomenon and appears to commit more fully to its central concept, taking inspiration from the reality cooking show in more than just decor and thematics.
The compact restaurant space offers the feeling of stepping onto the MasterChef set and fans of will be familiar and enamoured with the exposed brick walls, industrial ducting a large ticking clock that looks above diners. An open-show kitchen with an expansive pass and a feature wall with an illuminated MasterChef logo make for ideal spots to get those sought after Instagram shots. Outside there’s also a pleasant terrace flanked by vegetation.
Our first visit to the MasterChef kitchen was for the newly launched Showtime Brunch a seated table brunch that offers a set menu of dishes from past Master Chef contestants. Call it a screen to plate concept if you will, with an unlimited selection of sharing starters and desserts plus the choice of one main course per guests. With three brunch menus offered, including both vegetarian and vegan menus, it is fantastic to see a restaurant catering so well to dietary requirements and this is indicated by a near-full restaurant when we visit.
The brunch menu is curated by finalists and champions from various seasons of MasterChef and offers brunchers with a vast selection of dishes to select from. Promptly seated the onslaught of plates begins almost immediately and accompanied by friendly service our table is soon filled with the likes of crispy prawn bhajis with avocado, fragrant lemongrass and beetroot skewers and pulled beef chilaquiles. The baked brie with pecan and maple drizzle from Shaun O’Neale, MasterChef US Champion Season 7 is a near-perfect dish which brings a beautiful sweetness to the homely feel of the melted cheese. Similarly, the asparagus and gochujang pancakes from Tamara Graffen, MasterChef Australia Season 6 finalist are an interesting savoury take on the breakfast pancake that showcases Asian flavours to wonderful effect.
While the appetisers can be re-ordered in unlimited quantities we’d suggest holding back as the brunch offers a plethora of options outside of the first course. A selection of seven main courses are offered (from which diners select one each) and vary from the extraordinary burger of Wagyu, potato bun, wasabi and sriracha, to chicken satay or steak and eggs. Our pick had to be the fried chicken eggs Benedict, created by Jason Devonshire, the winner of MasterChef UK season 12. Boasting seasoned fried buttermilk chicken topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, the dish is exactly what we’d expect from a brunch.
With a good selection of beverages and a live band, the atmosphere builds in the MasterChef ‘studio’ as the afternoon progresses and by the time we’re presented with mojito meringues amongst billows of dried ice, we are well and truly stuffed! That’s not to say we didn’t indulge further with a slice of rich salted chocolate torte and a feather-light crème brûlée French toast.
While not a party brunch per se, the Showtime brunch is one for foodies who appreciate good food coupled with a vibrant atmosphere.
Outside of the brunch MasterChef the TV Experience also offers Chef residencies with Elena Duggan, MasterChef Season 8 Champion at the helm of the restaurant and presenting a specially curated menu. There’s also the Mystery Box which allows adventurous diners to pick their choice of up to five ingredients and have a dish created especially for them.
MasterChef the Television Experience is an interesting concept that is already proving a popular choice (so make sure you book ahead). Fully committing to its television roots there’s no other dining experience quite like this in Dubai, so why not leave the cooking to the professionals and sit back and relax while enjoying a selection of MasterChef-inspired dishes.
Out & About UAE were guests of MasterChef The TV Experience and all views are our own.