It’s that time of year again. Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your festive feasts. Turkey with all the trimmings is the obvious meal of choice for Christmas Day but the heaps of roast potatoes, sprouts and pigs in blankets can all get a bit too much if you’re eating out with friends and workmates, too.
We’ve searched the city for the very best alternatives in a bid to give your taste buds something different this Christmas.
Pan-Asian street snacks at Tampopo
With main meals of street food classics, hearty soups in a bowl, wok-fried dishes to seal in flavour, or fragrant curries for that spicy hit from £6.95, what’s not to love? Plus a selection of small plates, salads and greens to share with friends or enjoyed on your own, all washed down with authentic Asian beers, Asian influenced cocktails, refreshing wines and soft drinks. Throughout the season of goodwill, groups of 6 or more receive a free bottle of bubbly on arrival. How could you possibly say no?
Pho-nominal Vietnamese dishes
If you think too many traditional Christmas meals can become stodgy or repetitive, try Pho. It’s ideal for group dinners with a difference; up to 3 courses of Vietnamese-influenced cuisine, loaded with fresh herbs, spices and authentic ingredients. Book the Christmas menu for yourself or a group between 19 November and 23 December and enjoy the East Asian inspired hospitality, special food and drinks in their relaxed, low-lit restaurant. At 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £18.95, we think it’s brilliant value.
Turkey hanging kebabs in The Oast House teepee
The city’s go-to location for drinks in the summer has a Christmas menu which makes it popular at this time of year too. With turkey hanging kebabs for £22.50 and a hog dinner from £27, the Spinningfields haunt gives festive dinners a winter experience like no other. Why not hire their very own TeePee to shelter you from the cold?
Merry Mex-mas at Wahaca
This burrito bar is all set to warm you up this winter with the Mexmas menu. Full of street food favourites, Wahaca’s special sharing menus will give your Christmas parties a tantalising Mexican twist.
Thai Group Feast at Busaba
The vibrant flavours and aromas of the seasonal specials at Busaba are best enjoyed as a set menu which features prawn crackers, small plates, a main dish and unlimited rice. You can also dine in true Thai-style with the Busaba Feast Group Menu, served to the centre of the table and shared amongst friends.
Season Specials at Zouk Tea Bar and Grill
This modern and stylish Indian restaurant has everything covered for the perfect festive dining experience. From their lunchtime Christmas tiffin offers to larger Christmas party banquets, Zouk offer seasonal specials with a little spice.
Popular curries and dahls can be found on their menu and are all served up with heaps of festive pickles, rice and breads.
Turkey sliders and lashings of cranberry at Dive NQ
Dive is known for the way it does things a little differently and its winter menu is no exception. The seasonal menu features the likes of turkey sliders and deep-fried stuffing balls, all served with lashings of cranberry sauce. The tapas-style nibbles are a great accompaniment to a Christmas tipple
Finest cuts of Argentinian meat at Gaucho
Famed for its Argentinian cuisine, Gaucho is serving up a Christmas menu which steers clear of traditional turkey in favour of a range of different mouth-watering steaks. The Christmas signatures feature the finest cuts of meat from grass-fed cows, cranberry and aji molido stuffing and braised cabbage. All smothered in rich red wine gravy, of course.
Traditional Thai Banquet at Chaophraya
Chaophraya’s elegant Christmas menu is served in Thai banquet style and includes a full range of traditional dishes, from vegetable pad thai and chicken wontons to king prawn panung curry and jasmine rice.