Tired of Christmas Food? Try These…

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Emily Gray by | Posted on 20th December 2016
Tired of Christmas Food? Try These…

Yes, Christmas is all about turkey and all the trimmings but if you want to save the main event for the big day or you’ve already been on such a mince pie bender that you need a break, then we’ve rounded up some of the best alternative Christmas dishes on offer in London, from burgers to Goan quail. The turkey can wait…

Chi Kitchen

Ping Coombes, Masterchef champion of 2014, and founder of Chi Kitchen, has put her Malaysian touch on a Christmas lunch. Dishes from her festive menu include sweet potato with mixed berry mayonnaise; egg fried rice with snow peas; and Turkey Insal, turkey in a kalamsansi sauce. End your meal with a walnut chocolate brownie served with vanilla clotted cream, blood orange and star anise custard and you’ve got your self a hearty alternative Christmas lunch. www.chikitchen.co.uk

Talli Joe

British food is hearty and comforting, but when it comes to spice, the Indians know what they’re doing. This Christmas, Indian restaurant Talli Joe are putting their twist on the classic Christmas lunch, except with their twist it isn’t classic at all. The roast is made up of a whole quail roasted in a traditional Goan Calfreal spice mix and is served with red cabbage foogath (the cabbage is flavoured with curry leaves, mustard seeds, green chilli and coconut). As well as this, there’ll be a whole range of seasonal cocktails, like the Santa Singh, made from white rum, gingerbread syrup, berry puree and lime juice; and the Goan Old Fashioned, made from coconut-infused bourbon stirred with angostura bitters, palm sugar and coconut shavings. This one’s for those with a taste for spice. www.tallijoe.com



Christmas is a time of turkey, pigs in blankets, beef wellington and a million more mighty meaty favourites. So it’s only natural that MEATliquor are getting involved with an XXXmas menu; a XXXmas burger made with sausage and stuffing patty, topped with turkey and crispy bacon. The Xmac ’n’ Cheesesier also catches our eye, as do piggies in blankets. Well, Christmas isn’t Christmas without bacon-wrapped-sausages. www.meatliquor.com



If Transatlantic travel isn’t on your December agenda, you may be wanting a taste of the tropics closer to home. Andina is putting a festive spin on its Peruvian dishes, with the likes of ‘cachetes’ with panca chilli braised pork cheeks, cassava roots mash and tamarillo salsa, and seared king prawns, squid and mussels in a prawn bisque. Casita Andina, Ceviche Soho and Ceviche Old St (all Martin Morales restaurants) are all putting Peruvian twists on Christmas dishes so check the menus online first before visiting. www.andinalondon.com


Great British Christmas classics get a Gunpowder makeover with their 12 days of Christmas. Each day leading up to the 25th sees a different dish getting a festive makeover – think good old-fashioned Indian home cooking like a Bengal spiced root vegetable parcel and Kosbadi rabbit masala. www.gunpowderlondon.com


Patty & Bun

Lots of things are for life, not just for Christmas and burger heroes Patty & Bun have realised that burgers are no different. A limited edition festive special is creatively titled ‘A Patty’s for life not just for Christmas’ and available for one week only on the run up to Christmas so you don’t have long to try the winning combination of buttermilk fried turkey, bacon, sage and onion stuffing, red cabbage and a sprout and sausage relish. Bonus points if you’re hungry again in time for the big meal. www.pattyandbun.co.uk 


Cranberries are synonymous with turkey, but make them boozy, add them to apple red cabbage slaw, Scotch Bonnet remoulade and a jerk venison burger and you have a something completely different. Rudie’s is bringing some Carribean warmth to our cold streets with their Christmas burger, spiced fries and chilli saffron aioli – you can also swap the mulled warm for a fiery rum instead.  www.rudieslondon.com



Decided you actually want a traditional Christmas? Check out our Christmas page for everything you need to know

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