There’s always so much going on at Christmas, from the work party to ticking off the gift list… oh wait, and that mammoth food order – sorry to break it to you but if you’re yet to put your name down for a turkey this year, there’s no hope of getting one before the 25th.
Instead, save the hassle and head out on Christmas Day for a lunch or dinner where you don’t have to host…
Enter Lucky Cat, Gordon Ramsay’s Asian-inspired restaurant with a modern menu and interiors that are well worth ‘gramming. The Mayfair haunt is serving up Christmas with all the trimmings this year – but not as you know them – and if you’re keen to get involved we can assure you’ll have your most sophisticated Christmas yet.
On the big day, Executive Head Chef Ben Orpwood and his team will be serving up an exclusive Christmas Day menu of Asian-inspired dishes with some twists on Christmas classics.
Dishes include delights such as cured salmon with shiso mayo and mandarin ponzu, pork belly bao with xo sauce – and brussels sprout tempura so good it will make even sproutaphobes tuck in. We’d also happily delve into their spiced Herdwick lamb with tofu cream. Yum.
For those looking to dine a la carte instead, you’ll be pleased to hear you can also order signature Lucky Cat dishes on Christmas Day. From the likes of sushi and sashimi to seared scallop with sweetcorn hot sauce and seriously more-ish bao buns with bonito fried duck leg.
Desserts won’t disappoint either with the likes of a ‘Christmas Pudding Lucky Lolly’ or ‘Yum Baba’ with coconut Chantilly and spiced pineapple for something a little lighter. If you want to go all in, then it’s got to be a Lucky Cat sharing platter – new to the menu and served on an intricate branch… it’s as impressive as it sounds.
There’ll also be some pleasant surprises on the day that aren’t featured on the menu. We hear the bar team will be serving up an exclusive Nikka whisky eggnog – if Mayfair did eggnog, it would be this.
The Christmas Day menu is priced at £145 and will ensure a sophisticated lunch or dinner out this year.
If your only other Christmas Day plans are sorting the presents, then you can also gift the family foodie with one of Lucky Cat’s experiences – from sushi or sake masterclasses to gift vouchers valid in the restaurant.
For us, it’s all about the new Sushi Masterclass at Lucky Cat, which has just shot up to the top of our Christmas list. A brand new class, hosted by Executive Head Chef Ben, starts in January and will be held on Sunday dates every month after that. Definitely one for you or a loved one who’s always dreamed of getting into a professional kitchen – or is a self-confessed sushi aficionado.
For £195 per person, you’ll get a 3 hour masterclass, welcome drinks, demonstrations and hands-on tuition, all followed by lunch on the Kasai chef’s table. You’ll even get a Lucky Cat bandana to take away as a memento – something to crack out at your next dinner party.
If this has piqued your interest, we recommend you check out Lucky Cat’s new drinks masterclasses too – with cocktail and sake masterclasses on Saturdays and Sundays. Cocktail classes start from £60 and include 3 signature cocktails, expert bar tender tuition and a Lucky Cat sharing platter. Plus they’re hosted in one of the restaurant’s stunning new private dining rooms so you get your own exclusive area – very smart.
Whichever you choose, Lucky Cat’s culinary gifts are the perfect way to spoil those that love food and drink. And as much as we love to open a present under the tree on Christmas Day, a gift that keeps on giving right through to 2020 (and ups our culinary skills) looks far more appealing.
Today is the last day (you’ve got ‘til 4pm) to order a gift and receive it in a beautifully presented voucher wallet in time for Christmas Day. But if you’re a little late don’t worry – take advantage of the online ordering and gift your loved ones with an eVoucher version under the tree instead. They’ll never know!
Lucky Cat, 10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP
Book online or order your gifts at www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com