These much-loved London restaurants are putting a unique spin on festivities this year to create alternative Christmas menus of culinary creativity
Alternative Christmas menus for the festive season
Mexican street food-inspired restaurant Club Mexicana has a fully vegan Christmas menu with skin-on stuffed roast ‘turkey’ and all the vegan Christmas trimmings: chipotle chilli poppers, ‘chorizo’ and potato croquettes, and jackfruit pozole verde, following by a vegan dark chocolate orange tart with candied citrus and chilli salt lime.
Dalloway Terrace’s Swiss-inspired winter menu transports guests to the town of Gdstaad, dipping into a cheese fondu of dreams whilst sipping wine on its Instagram-famous terrace. The Swiss afternoon tea is also a treat for the tastebuds, with an indulgent chocolate snow coated pine, Mont Blanc tart and Edel Weiss white chocolate cream on a pistachio biscuit. Savoury fans can also opt for main dishes like roasted butternut squash risotto with gorgonzola and pine nuts. It may not be your traditional English roast, but an afternoon at Dalloway Terrace will have you feeling fabulously festive.
If you’re looking for a spicier alternative to turkey, Hankies in Marble Arch is offering an Indian take on Christmas lunch. The sharing-style tasting menu has been created by Head Chef Ani Arora and features Indian twists on festive classics, from winter root vegetable tick to turkey kebabs with cream cheese and spiced cranberry chutney.
Forget journeying to the North Pole – Sushi Samba is transporting guests to the Amazon for a sushi feast with a difference this Christmas. The Sambazonia menu is inspired by the flavours and colours that Chefs John Um and Andreas Bollanos experienced whilst on a trip to the Amazon, with £1 from each purchase going to rainforest charity Cool Earth.
Mayfair brasserie Bellamy’s is offering a French feast this Christmas with innovative dishes from escargots en profiteroles (snails encased in choux pastry), roasted partridge, wild sea bass and poached pears in mulled wine for dessert. Bellamy’s also boasts an impressive caviar selection for an extra festive treat.
London Secret Garden
For a Christmas meal in a non-traditional setting, head to the London Secret Garden and dine in a dome covered in twinkling fairy lights. The secluded garden’s heated pods are a cosy refuge from the cold, and guests can order a festive afternoon tea, or a delicious Asian-fusion 5-course tasting menu for £45 per person.