REVIEW: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Salmon & Cream Gâteau, and Rose Panna Cotta Return to The Masterpiece Kitchen for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

During the 2020 International Festival of the Arts, we were less than impressed with the dishes Masterpiece Kitchen had to offer. So, let’s see if they changed up the menu for this year!

Menu for The Masterpiece Kitchen at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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Food:

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction – $9.25
  • Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar and Micro-herbs – $7.00
  • Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta – $8.00

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

Photos of Menu Items from The Masterpiece Kitchen at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel Reduction – $9.25

REVIEW: “The Masterpiece Kitchen” Food Studio – Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017

This is my second favorite dish of the entire Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, so much so that I wish I could order a full-sized entree featuring it. The cheese and risotto blend together perfectly, and the mushrooms were very flavorful, proving especially tasty when soaked into the risotto.

Smoked Verlasso Salmon and Cream Gâteau with Egg Yolk Cream, Paddlefish Caviar and Micro-herbs – $7.00

While presented beautifully, the portion was a bit small for the price. The salmon wasn’t as fresh as it could’ve been, and was so thin that it lacked a bit of substance. If the salmon was fresher and served a bit colder, the other ingredients would make this dish sing. However, due to a “fishy taste” that was hard to ignore, this is a thumbs down for us.

Vanilla, Rose Water and Pistachio Panna Cotta – $8.00

While we’ve enjoyed this item in years past, we found this to be a complete disappointment. They used very cheap white chocolate to cover the panna cotta this year in a rose shape, which ruins the whole thing. Many in our group likened it to Pepto Bismol or amoxicillin suspension. As for the panna cotta itself, the consistency and style is very similar to the cheesecake from Satu’li Canteen on Pandora at Animal Kingdom. I will say it has a unique flavor from the rose water. The pistachio flavor is a nice contrast, but it’s still pretty subdued in the taste department.

Weihenstephaner Original Lager, Freising, Germany (5.1% ABV) – $4.50 (6 oz) & $8.50 (12 oz)

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One of the better lagers of EPCOT. Crisp on the front end, smooth on the back. A fine choice.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Brut Champagne, Champagne, France ($160/bottle) – $29.00

Perrier-Jouët says that this champagne “reveals aromas of flowers and white-fleshed fruit enveloped in candied citrus notes that give it an expansive mouthfeel.”

The Meeker Vineyard Winemakers’ Handprint Merlot, Sonoma County, CA ($45/bottle) – $11.00

The Meeker Vineyard describes this Merlot: “Dark fruit like currants and cherries marry on the nose with hints of toffee and caramel. The wine explodes on your palate with more cherries, and hints of the best strawberry rhubarb pie you’ve ever had. There’s no shortage of subtle, toasty oak and big, powerful tannins throughout the palate and finish of this wine.”

Pinord La Dama Reserva Familiar Brut Rosé, Spain ($18/bottle) – $12.00

Wine Enthusiast‘s Michael Schachner describes this wine: “A light-pink color is backed by a simple nose that’s nondescript but fresh and clean. A slightly foamy but firm palate isn’t all that deep or rich, while mild grapefruit and blood orange flavors finish steady.”

Classic Sidecar with a Chocolate Twist – $10.00

REVIEW: “The Masterpiece Kitchen” Food Studio – Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2017

If you enjoy a good Sidecar, this won’t disappoint. For those unaware of the ingredients:

The sidecar is a cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Grand Gala or another triple sec), and lemon juice. In its ingredients, the drink is perhaps most closely related to the older brandy crusta, which differs both in presentation and in proportions of its components.

About half of our group liked this and half did not, so your results with it may vary. The chocolate twist is a nice touch.

Location of The Masterpiece Kitchen at the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

The Masterpiece Kitchen is located on the World Showcase Promenade adjacent to the Canada pavilion. You can find it at number 19 on the map below.

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The Masterpiece Kitchen always has unique twists on food and drinks, and this year is no different!

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