December is a time for friends, family and eating as much as you possibly can, which means it quickly becomes filled with catch-up dinners before we all head our different ways for the break. Now while this gives us plenty of excuses for eating, drinking and being merry, the thought of eating turkey and pigs in blankets multiple times before the big day can put even the most festive off their Christmas Dinner.
So to help avoid ‘turkey fatigue’, we’ve hunted high and low for the best alternative Christmas Dinners in London for you to try this December and January. Plus, with the likes of Japanese fried chicken and Peruvian winter nibbles on offer, it’s a chance to see how other cultures eat their way through the festive season too!
Bespoke dining company Cuission have brought back their hugely popular and interactive supper club to the Vaults in Waterloo for a 3 month residency. At a reasonable £39 for four courses, the menu incorporates the best of Autumn and Winter produce with an innovative twist. It’s also a truly hands-on experience, with friendly chefs plating up the food in the middle of the room so you can chat to them about the menu as they do, help to plate the food yourself or even serve it out to the other tables. The experience is great fun and there are some very good cocktails on offer too. Come with your other half or book out a table and come with a group of friends. Available until 16th January 2016.
Where: The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
Flesh and Buns has brought back its hugely successful Japanese Fried Chicken Festive Feasting Basket. It all comes from the Japanese obsession with eating KFC on Christmas Day – it may not be a classic in the UK but feasting on fried chicken has been a Christmas tradition in Japan since the 70s. The feast is for two and comprises of a steamer basket of buttermilk and shichimi fried chicken with a barbecue mayonnaise, fresh salad and the famous fluffy steamed buns. There’s also a chocolate Yamazaki cake and a spiced rum and grenadine hard shake. The Japanese Fried Chicken Feasting Basket is priced at £37.00 for two. Available until 23rd December.
Where: Flesh and Buns, 41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
December normally means lots of naughty food and plenty of alcohol (for us anyway!). So when looking for alternative Christmas dinners to enjoy this year we had to include Andina. This Peruvian restaurant is a great option for something a little lighter. There are two menus on offer both of which include nibbles, ceviches, classics, salads, sides and dessert. We like the sound of the braised lamb shank with palo blanco cocoa beans; turkey breast, mirasol chili, apple, sultanas; and the sautéed brussel sprouts, amarillo chilli, pecan nuts and pineapple sound great. There’s also a festive cocktail on offer – Chispa Roja which consists of cranberry and cinnamon-infused pisco and sparkling rosé wine. The festive menu is for groups for 8 or more so grab your friends and head down. There are two menus on offer – £38/£50 per person. It might be on the expensive side but you get a lot of food!
Where: Andina, 1 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ
This is definitely one of the more affordable locations for an alternative Christmas dinner. Barrio Central has a special menu for December with some great twists on their classics. Located in the middle of Soho there is a great Christmas party vibe here and with a happy hour that runs until 8pm it’s the perfect place to be merry with friends! The menu is a selection of snacks, tacos and nachos. We particularly enjoyed the Pavita Slider which consisted of smoked turkey, sour cream, cranberry and caraway jam and pickled red onions served in mini potato buns. On top of the normal menu there are party menus on offer during December starting from £14.95 together with cocktail masterclasses and photo booths. Head down with friends and enjoy the music, cocktails and finding embarrassing photos in your pocket the next day!
Where: Barrio Central, 6 Poland St, London W1F 8PS
We admit, this is more of a Christmas dinner in a burger than an alternative Christmas dinner, but it’s so ridiculously good that we had to include it. Essentially, Christmas dinner has been sandwiched between Boneyard’s delicious brioche buns in this offering, which includes a turkey burger, a crispy bacon patty, stuffing, brussels, cranberry sauce and mustard. They also manage to cram in molten cheddar and pickled red cabbage! Beef gravy is served on the side for dipping. Plus, if you were lucky enough to try the Boneyard Thanksgiving Burger then your bound to love this festive offering. Head here post Christmas shopping in Boxpark, grab a beer in one hand and kick back with their burger in the other.
Where: Boneyard, 168 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE