If the classic turkey and trimmings just doesn’t float your boat, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite festive dishes across London that take a twist to the traditional.
Market Halls’ Take on Christmas Classics
As if one Market Hall wasn’t enough, both Fulham and Victoria have some pretty serious contenders for best Christmas dish this year. In Victoria, Flank’s sumptuous sounding ‘Pigs in Blankets’ burger is stuffed with pork and bacon, with a good dose of chilli jam and red cabbage slaw. Monty’s Deli meanwhile have created the Chanukah sandwich , based around their latke and served with smoked turkey and liver paté. South of the river in Fulham meanwhile, BBQ specialists Hotbox have pimped up their infamous Mac and cheese bites with soft, sautéed Brussels sprouts.
Bayou Bar’s Turkey Po Boy
There are only so many Pret Christmas sandwiches one can take, so if you’ve just about had your fill head down to Tooting’s New Orleans-inspired Bayou Bar. No stranger to a tasty Po Boy – a traditional Louisiana sandwich for those rookies – this Christmas they’ve created the ultimate sandwich. The Christmas Po Boy (£8.50) team succulent turkey schnitzel with a gingerbread crumb, cheese, pickled red cabbage and a cranberry chilli jam all packed into the traditional glazed soft white long roll; all the best tastes of Christmas with a little twist. It’s been named one of London’s best Christmas sandwiches by Time Out so they must be doing something right…
Swap Turkey for Duck
Head over to Clerkenwell for Monsieur Le Duck’s Gallic take on a festive menu, just make sure to wear your stretchy trousers. The suitably rich menu includes rabbit and duck terrine with quince and brioche or pan fried scallops with crispy duck skin, samphire and chestnut purée to start, followed mains including confit duck leg, crown of Barbary duck, duck wellington or magnet duck breast all with triple cooked roasties, leafy greens with lardons, red cabbage, apple quince and Yorkshire pudding. As if that wasn’t enough, the tarte aux pommes, canelé with armagnac crème Anglaise or French cheer board might just finish you off…
From £29 pp for two courses.
Blow the Budget with the Ultimate Luxury Menu
With only 29 covers, Engawa may be small but it’s perfectly formed. For the ultimate blow-the-budget Christmas feast, the meticulously designed 13 course menu celebrates Kobe, the most expensive beef in the world; it’s the only UK restaurant to import the entire Kobe cow from Japan. This unique gastronomic experience is available from 21st – 24th December and begins with a raspberry & yuzu champagne cocktail upon arrival and delicate starters such as grilled, thinly sliced Kobe sirloin with Tamaru-Ya wasabi and thin noodles in stock with tender sliced beef. Seasonal sushi-style plates with superior flavour follow, including Kobe beef thigh, foie gras, Kobe beef stock, teriyaki sauce; Kobe sirloin with sea urchin, cheese and truffle cream sauce; the ultimate melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef burger; and 20-day aged Kobe beef with Nori seaweed. Not for the faint-hearted.
£235 per person.
Pick a Pescatarian Plate this Christmas
For something a little different, The Wright Brothers are offering up a fishy feast over the Christmas season you won’t want to miss. Thin grilled wild prawns, cured smoked salmon, roast fillet of Peterhead cod served with spiced carrot mash, buttered sprout tops & sauce Jacqueline, a Mojo verde roasted gilt-head bream with steamed broccoli, bagna cauda & crispy shallots and a luxury fish pie with lobster, shrimp, crab & cod. If you cant steer yourself away from meat there’s a rather delectable sounding roasted fillet of Bannockburn venison, haggis, neeps & sour cherry sauce as well.
From £45 pp.