Best Alternative Christmas Dinners in London
by Ellie Smith
While a traditional turkey roast is synonymous with Christmas in the UK, not all countries celebrate this way. And around London, there are an abundance of restaurants proving other foods can be festive too, from pizza and seafood platters tapas-style feasts. We bring you our pick of the best alternative Christmas menus the capital has to offer.
Best Alternative Christmas Menus in London
Yard Sale Pizza
No dodgy toppings here: foodie favourite Yard Sale pizza has collaborated with Mons Cheese Shop in East Dulwich to come up with the ultimate Christmas pizza. The ‘2020 Meltdown’ is topped with not one but five different cheeses: Fior di Latte mozzarella, Raclette Lait Cru, Tomme Chambrouze, L’Etivaz and 18-23 month-aged Comté. Accompanying the pizza is a specially made jalepeno chilli jam dip from London-based preserve brand Single Variety Co. While the pizza originates in Dulwich, the 2020 Meltdown is available from every Yard Sale pizza shop across the capital until the end of January. What’s more, £1 from every pizza sold will be donated to The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of foodbanks across the country and provides emergency food to those in poverty. Turkey who? yardsalepizza.com
Daisy Green Collection
Fancy something a bit lighter this Christmas? Head to one of The Daisy Green Collection branches for an Aussie-inspired twist on the classic roast. Starters include fire roasted aubergine and chorizo croquettes, followed by either free-range turkey with veggies, BBQ salmon or fermented mushroom wellington. Forget about healthy eating for dessert though – the sticky toffee pudding with dolce de leche sauce is a must. £37.50pp. daisygreenfood.com
London Shell Co. and The Grand Duchess
Push the boat out and opt for a cruising Christmas dinner aboard floating seafood restaurant London Shell Co., which is offering a five-course dining experience along Regent’s Canal. Tuck into dishes like potted mussels and poached plaice before a fish-focused twist on the traditional roast: trout and prawn en croute, served with keta caviar, buttered potatoes and brussels tops. £65pp. londonshellco.com
Who says sushi can’t be festive? Head to Mayfair’s Nobu London for a Christmas filled with black cod miso, wagyu beef and sake, with a special six-course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Mark Edwards. Bonus: three lucky diners will find a Nobu Golden Ticket in their cracker worth £100, which can be redeemed on their next visit. £220pp. noburestaurants.com
Family-owned Spanish restaurant El Pirata has become a community favourite in Mayfair, having served locals for over 25 years. Head there for a tapas-style twist on festive food, featuring cured Iberican meats, padron peppers, chicken skewers, slow cooked aubergine and patatas bravas. At just £35pp, it’s a bargain too – particularly considering how excellent the food is. £35pp, elpirata.co.uk
Get into the party spirit at the glitzy COYA Mayfair, which has just launched a new Winter Wonderland Brunch. Served up every Saturday and Sunday throughout December, the offering includes a whole host of sharing-style Peruvian dishes: think plantain with wagyu, salmon ceviche and spicy beef fillet, followed by churros for pudding. On the drinks side, there will be free-flowing Peruvian-style mulled cocktails, alongside champagne – all to be enjoyed to the music from the restaurant’s resident DJ, who will play seasonal hits with a Latin-American twist. £190pp. coyarestaurant.com
The Cinnamon Club
Spice up your Christmas meal with a trip to The Cinnamon Club’s elegant Old Westminster Library. Its festive menu includes a sparkling on cocktail on arrival before vibrant, unique dishes such as Keralan style lobster soup, clove flavoured goose breast and chargrilled wild Spencer Gulf king prawns, rounded off with Vivek Singh’s signature garam masala Christmas pudding. £125pp. cinnamonclub.com
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