As it is now December we can officially say it is not too early to start planning your Christmas. Mission number one, the turkey. Who’s cooking it, who’s bringing it? Do we even want turkey? No, tired of the big bird? Don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives, from Christmas meals made entirely of crisps, to festive takes on KFC…
What: Spice Up Your Life
Why: Kricket has created a modern Indian Christmas menu just to prove to all the disbelievers out there that Indian food can be seasonal. How you ask? With a Goose Vindaloo they reply. It comes complete with a brussell sprout and chestnut thoran, so grab your pals and have fun deciding over the special sharing menu for eight or more.
Where: 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH
What: Healthy Christmas
Why: There is a way to be healthy this Christmas, you don’t have to eat your weight in cheese and chocolate. We suggest Farmacy, where you’ll find their Christmas Bowl’ – a wintery medley of sprouted spiced rice, braised red cabbage, whipped squash, charred Brussel sprouts, celeriac remoulade and winter spiced activated seeds and ‘Christmas Mezze’ – chestnut hummus with pickled cranberries, roasted chestnuts, popcorn cauliflower, grilled aubergine with roasted tomato and olive tapenade served with at flat bread. You can say goodbye to the Christmas weight gain.
Where: 74-76 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W2 5SH
What: Untitled But Far From Unworthy
Why: Tony Conigliaro’s first restaurant has received high praise for its unique take on Japanese plates. When you’re on a high no challenge is too daunting so naturally creating a Japanese Christmas dinner was no problem. Untitled have re imagined the traditional Christmas lunch with some innovative Japanese tweaks – expect baby carrots in miso butter, roast chicken in teriyaki glaze and mince pies Taiyaki style.
Where: 538 Kingsland Road, e8 4ah
What: For The Grown-Ups
Why: From the founders of BAO, comes XU, the first “grown-up” restaurant opened this year. Described as the “cinematic interpretation of 1930’s Taipei” it’s one set removed from being part of a Wes Anderson Film. This Christmas immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience, feel like a film star as you tuck in to your dumplings and spectacular turkey, Taiwanese style.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, Soho, Chinatown W1D 6DL
What: An African Christmas
Why: This summer in St James’s market the Ikoyi opened with the hope of changing the interpretation of West African food, and this Christmas their motivation continues. Transforming flavours and ingredients like you’ve never seen before. How does turkey oyster, Gola pepper and bitter leaves sound? Exotic, koyioriginal and intriguing we bet, so grab yourself a table.
Where: 1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4AH
Flesh and Buns
What: Pass The Basket
Why: You may not have heard about this cheeky tradition, but word on the grapevine is that the Japanese like nothing more on Christmas day then chowing down on a bucket of KFC. With that in mind Flesh and Buns have launched the JFC – the Japanese fried chicken feasting basket. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Pass us the basket.
Where: 41 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LX
What: Brisket To Share
Why: Since its opening last November, London has gone crazy over the beef brisket buns. This Christmas as a special treat, the whole, yes the whole brisket is on offer as part of the Christmas Feasting Menu. Large enough to satisfy between 10 to 20 people. Psst. It’s also available for delivery, so you want to keep that homely vibe but couldn’t say no to the Christmas Brisket, Smokestak has got you covered.
Where: 35 Sclater Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LB
Herman Ze German (SOHO)
What: Herman Ze German
Why: We give you…Ze Turkey Schnitzel Sandwich. A lightly toasted brioche bun filled with a tender turkey schnitzel, crispy bacon, lettuce, lashings of cranberry sauce and mayo. Experience all your Christmas dinner in one bun, you could even have it on the go. But if you wanted to snuggle in, enjoy it with a mulled wine and their special raclette fries.
Where: 33 OLD COMPTON STREET W1D 5JU
What: A Christmas Feast Made Entirely of Crisps
Why: If you have a slight obsession with crisps then you’ll be pleased to hear that HipChips has created a Christmas dinner created entirely from crisps. Crisps (which are either dusted with salt or cinnamon) are paired with dips such as smoked salmon and pickled cucumbers; traditional turkey and to finish a Christmas pudding and brandy sauce dip. Genius.
Where: 49 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 6HL