If you were in London over Christmas, then you may have been lucky enough to sample one or more Christmas menus from famous restaurants and high end hotels dotted around London. A city full of gastronomic delights, there was something to suit every taste bud, whether you were after traditional turkey and all the trimmings, or festive dishes that were a little more exotic.
1.Club Gascon, Smithfield
Voted one of London’s best restaurants, Club Gascon offered their Le Marche du Noel tasting menu during December. The highlight of the six course menu included braised morels, ocean tulip and clams. Set in a chic venue with marble walls and wooden floors, Club Gascon is extremely popular with both the trendy and foodie crowds.
2.L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Covent Garden
There is something really theatrical about this restaurant, and its dark interior only adds to its sense of mystic. They offered a 7 course Christmas menu comprising of traditional festive ingredients, but they were used in new and innovative ways. Imperial caviar on a symphony of salmon tartar, poached turbot with Champagne sauce and a white chocolate dessert with poached pear, chestnut and black truffle mousse were the clear standouts.
Covent Garden in London
Ever thought of having a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisines for Christmas? If you had gone to Sushisamba in December, you would have been graced with dishes like lobster taquitos, honey orange glazed picanha and Robata suckling pig anticuchos. There were also some ‘Santa rolls’ on offer – think sushi with butterfish, tempura avocado, tempura flake, kanpyo, red currant fruit, tofu powder, aji Amarillo and sweet soy sauce.
4.House of Ho, Soho
Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without something special from someone in the world of celebrity chefs. Bobby Chinn opened The House of Ho earlier in the year, and the restaurant features Vietnamese cuisines which Chinn perfected during his years of working in Hanoi and Saigon.
Its Christmas menu was banquet style, and was excellently priced starting from just £36. Dishes included rice noodle rolls with grass-fed Angus fillet, crispy Vietnamese 7 spice marinated squid and apple-smoked pork belly.
5.Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Mayfair
If you were looking for London city suites for your stay in the capital, then you would have come across The Dorchester Hotel in your research. Not just a place for high end hotel accommodation, The Dorchester is also famous for its restaurant run by Alain Ducasse. It is one of UK’s four 3-Michellin star restaurants, and is booked out on most nights. Its Christmas menu wasn’t cheap at £150 without wine, but it consisted of six amazing courses which included cauliflower veloute, delicate royale and black truffle, simmered halibut, butternut squash and toasted hazelnuts, and much, much more.
6.The New Angel, Notting Hill
Owned by another Michelin-starred chef John Burton Race, The New Angel offered a 7 course Christmas menu for £85 per person, which featured amazing dishes like chilled Cornish lobster with a delicate potato and winter truffle salad, as well as roast squab pigeon with wild mushrooms, golden raisins and Monbazillac jus.
7.The Crescent Restaurant & Lounge, The Montcalm London Marble Arch Hotel
Another upmarket hotel offering fabulous London city suites, The Montcalm London Marble Arch celebrated Christmas with a 5 course festive menu. Diners at its restaurant could choose from dishes like roasted pumpkin and ginger soup with truffle oil, herb crusted pave of cod, citrus-sage roasted ‘Shalford Bronze’ turkey with all the trimmings, and the old favourite Christmas pudding with brandy sauce.
Montcalm Brewery Hotel London did a great deal to make sure guests felt the festive spirit over the holiday season, as they had specialhotel packages that included mince pies, wine, festive music and in-room novelties.
8.Wahaca, Various Locations
A popular chain of Mexican inspired cuisine, Wahaca developed an exciting menu to welcome Christmas. With dishes like the Huitlacoche tortilla pie, duck confit enchilada and sprout mole (roasted Brussel sprouts with toasted almonds, served with a mole sauce topped with crumbled feta), no wonder all its restaurants remained incredibly busy throughout the festive season.
9.The Cinnamon Club, Westminster
London is renowned for its fantastic Indian food offerings, and the Cinnamon Club provides a fine example of the great dishes that can be created with spices from the sub-continent. The Christmas menu at this venue included a 4 course meal featuring dishes like Keralan-style lobster soup flamed with brandy, as well as South Indian-style stir-fried goose breast with red onion, curry leaf and layered paratha.