With a whole host of new restaurants seemingly opening daily in the city, competition is fiece among Dubai's F&B outlets. Fans of MasterChef, rejoice, however, as there’s a brand-new immersive dining experience in town and it’s based solely on the hugely-popular reality TV series that boasts more than 60 local adaptions broadcast in over 200 countries.
MasterChef, The TV Experience, is open for business
Housed in the all-new Millennium Place Marina hotel in Dubai Marina, the concept is simple – Head Chef Margarita Vaamonde-Beggs has curated a menu of 36 dishes, whittled down from more than 120 signature plates from both champions and finalists of the show, and divided into eight distinct sections. Kicking off with both cold and hot starters, mains include ‘meat & poultry’, ‘seafood’ and ‘vegetarian’, as well as larger sharing plates, sides and desserts. More daring diners can also opt for the ‘Mystery Box’ challenge, selecting five ingredients from 10 protein, vegetable and condiment options from which the culinary team then has 35-minutes to bring to life.
A small yet inviting space, service is cheery, with waiters more than willing to offer recommendations and share their favourite dishes. We kicked our meal off with starters of Lobster Tortellini and Rolled Mushroom Gnocchi (actually a main dish) – the former served as juicy pieces of lobster in a steaming hot broth, and the latter soft and fluffy pieces of fried potato with a generous serving of parmesan. For mains we opted for the safe option, bypassing the Mystery Box for a Seabass Fillet Baked in Lavash Bread and a Tenderloin Steak with Beurre Noisette Carrot Purée. While the seabass came served unexpectedly as a wrap, it was the steak that was the star of the show, cooked medium to perfection and served with a creamy carrot mash. We recommend adding a side of the Duck Fat Mash Potatoes, too, as they really are a treat for the tastebuds.
Seabass Fillet Baked in Lavash Bread
Tenderloin Steak with Beurre Noisette Carrot Purée
Be sure to save room for the dessert menu, which comprises everything from a Deconstructed Eton Mess to a Mixed Berry Pie with Activated Charcoal Crumb.
While Ramadan may seem like an odd time for a restaurant to open, the venue was still nicely buzzing when we dined on a Sunday evening, and with the outdoor terrace opening in due course, we’ll be sure to be back.
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