Parents very kindly had booked for my (belated) birthday a table at the Masterchef PopUp restaurant in the Blue Fin Building just behind the Tate Modern. This was a first for the Masterchef franchise and they put on a month long popup bringing together all the finalists from the last 10 years.
We made our way up to the terrace first for a drink where the view is spectacular.
We stayed up there catching up on news as dusk turned to dark. Before we knew it it was time to head up to our table.
You get the feeling this is normally an office canteen but the layout worked great for the set menu and timed sittings that were on offer.
For our week we had three courses from 2014’s winner Ping, two courses from 2013’s winner Natalie and then one course from Jack a finalist of 2014. After your complimentary glass of bubbly and wine ordered it’s time to get down to the food!
First up was a very refreshing and light dish of Mackerel, dill, cucumber, buttermilk and a rye crisp. I didn’t think this would be to my tastes but I was pleasantly surprised and devoured all of it.
Ping’s dish was next which was described as a Pork Sandwich. In essence it was a pork bun filled with pork belly which you may have seen are rather popular on the London restaurant scene. I personally was a bit disappointed by the amount of meat to bun ratio and there wasn’t enough sauce within. Having been to Bambou recently I couldn’t help but compare and theirs won hands down.
The prawn laksa from Ping was lovely and very flavoursome. Presentation of the dish was also very good and there was an added kick that came through from the sauce which went down a treat.
Now there was a general consensus on Jack’s next course that this was in fact the best of them all. Lamb rump and croquette with garlic mash, black olive and burnt leek. Think the picture speaks a thousand words, just delicious and perfectly cooked.
Pudding was a combination of Ping’s coconut and pandan pannacotta with lime and lemongrass granite. Then Natalie’s chocolate ganache with pear and hazelnut. Ping’s came up trumps and was a really interesting and flavoursome dish that had us all in awe.
Once the chefs had finished up the kitchen they came out to have a talk among the guests and sign books, napkins anything you asked for!
After a very pleasurable and long meal it was time to head home via a beautifully lit Shard. Thank you parents for an incredible evening and one I won’t forget in awhile.