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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

We made our way up to the terrace first for a drink where the view is spectacular.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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!

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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!

Masterchef Blue Fin

Masterchef Blue Fin
Awkward Photo with Jack!

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.

Masterchef Blue Fin

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