These much-loved London restaurants are putting a unique spin on festivities this year for an alternative Christmas of culinary creativity and magic
Alternative Christmas feasts for the festive season
Irene Margariti and Alfred Prasad’s newest opening, Suvlaki in Shoreditch, is celebrating an alternative Christmas in Athenian style with special dishes inspired by Greece’s signature festivities. For the month of December they will be serving up the likes of traditional Greek diples – honey-laden pastries, and Krasamelo the Greek mulled wine.
Over at Shoreditch’s Andina, diners will be transported to The Andes with favourites from Martin’s cookbook Andina: The Heart of Peruvian Food. Dishes will be served up against the soundtrack from the book’s accompanying CD.
BALLS & COMPANY
Greek Street’s meatball specialists, Balls & Company are taking guests on a whistle-stop tour around the world. From founder Bonny’s Aussie homeland treats to an all-American Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing ball, and the traditional British roast ham with a maple glaze, there is something for every palette. The restaurant will be getting a festive makeover too, with an abundance of Christmas decorations, twinkling lights and obligatory Christmas crackers.
CEVICHE OLD ST
This Christmas, Ceviche Old St are channelling the Exotica movement of the 1950s as the restaurant is transformed with Inca stone-faced sculptures and tropical plants. The party will span the whole of December, with DJs like Natty Bo and Ceviche’s own Martin Morales in charge of the decks and Burlesque performances by Sara Vargas. Don’t forget to book ahead for the New Year’s Party which will be given a unique Peruvian twist.
Regional Thai restaurant som saa will be offering an alternative Christmas menu abundant in Asian flavour. Our favourites are the Massaman curry of Cornish duck leg with quince and ratte potatoes and the whole deep fried seabass with roasted rice and Isan herbs, which is offered to the table to share as a festive feast.
Brindisa is celebrating this Christmas with an array of festive, seasonal tapas from bacalao with dried fruits to Turron mousse, a Spanish nougat whipped into a mousse. At Brindisa Rupert Street they’ll be offering a whole suckling pig, complete with cava and accompanying picots.
THE GOOD EGG
The Good Egg is putting their own spin on Christmas festivities with a series of Chinese Jewish feasts reflecting the time-honoured tradition of New York’s Jewish community who flock to Chinese restaurants on Christmas day. Don’t miss out on the limited edition Christmas babka, a deliciously sticky and spicy loaf cake bursting with festive flavours and dried fruit.
Jikoni has created some alternative Christmas additions to its culinary offering with a pomegranate and port negroni and a pineapple and coconut mince pie. For those looking to stick to the traditional, the menu will also be featuring seasonal goose and almond puffs.