Showtime! Brunch at MasterChef, the TV Experience

A brunch starring dishes from the popular global TV series MasterChef

Showtime! Brunch at MasterChef, the TV Experience
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If you’re a fan of the popular global TV series MasterChef, you may have an inkling about what makes this brunch special.

The cooking show began in the UK in 1990 and has since been aired in 60 countries around the world. Despite being a global sensation, the restaurant, based in Dubai Marina, is a first of its kind. It’s themed around the hit show, without being too gimmicky, and recipes from various finalists and winners across MasterChef Australia, MasterChef UK and MasterChef US are the backbone of the repertoire.

Everything is served straight to your table and the brunch is made up of unlimited sharing-style starters, your choice of one main and unlimited desserts from a set menu. After chatting to our helpful server, we’re pleased to find out that there are both vegetarian and vegan set menus.

The line-up of sharing-style starters includes a selection of eclectic dishes and brunch kicks off with baked brie with pecans and a maple drizzle (from Shaun O’Neale, MasterChef US winner 2016). They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day but brunch, without a doubt, is the most fun and any meal that starts off with this gets a thumbs up from us. Another highlight is the asparagus and gochujang pancakes with a honey and sesame dipping sauce (from Tamara Graffen, MasterChef Australia finalist 2017) which we unashamedly ask for seconds of.

Main courses include healthier options such as charred romaine salad with pickled watermelon, blue cheese and candied pecans (another from O’Neale) and seared yellowfin tuna with roasted chestnuts and a salsa verde (from Laura Cassai, MasterChef Australia finalist 2016). But if you’re after something seriously indulgent, go for the fried buttermilk chicken with poached eggs (from Jane Devonshire, MasterChef UK winner 2016) or the hanger steak with fried eggs, smoked-paprika hash browns and chimichurri (from Simon Wood, MasterChef UK winner 2015).

We’ve been eyeing up the dessert menu from the get go and we’re ready for pud. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat.

We polish off the crème brûlée French toast with crème Anglaise and an orange syrup and salted chocolate tart in what seems like just a matter of seconds.

Food aside, the industrial compact space is buzzing and busy with a live singer gently crooning the crowds and happy brunchgoers chattering away, and the vibe is cool and causal.

Brunchgoers and MasterChef aficionados alike will enjoy this brunch with gusto, and as TV chef and judge Gregg Wallace once said, “Get amongst it”.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs429 (house beverages), Dhs489 (sparkling). Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm. Millennium Place Marina, Dubai Marina (04 550 8111).

A brunch starring dishes from the popular global TV series MasterChef

For a “from screen to plate” brunch experience

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