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Nothing quite compares to a proper holiday meal. It is the meal we look forward to all year long. Of course it’s always an added benefit to be surrounded by family and loved ones, but even just the food alone is something worth noting.
Lucky for you, Beijing is full of both impressive and affordable options for you and your loved ones to choose from.
Take advantage as this is the one time of year when you’re obliged to feast to your heart’s content, eating your way through full turkeys, hunky slices of honey-glazed ham, and as much Christmas pudding, boxes of chocolate and Santa’s cookies as you can stomach. And the best part is that you don’t have to worry about packing on a couple extra pounds because it will be hidden under all those additional layers of clothing!
With the apocalypse scare behind us, we can fully enjoy the days of 2012 with special holiday meals filled with festive cheer! The time is ticking fast in Beijing as Christmas is right around the corner!
Here are LDS’ Top 12 Picks for Christmas Meals that will optimize your Christmas Cheer.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Holiday Meals Break Down: (in alphabetical order)
With a glass of champagne presented upon arrival, Barolo Fine-Dining Italian Restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Beijing is pulling out all its stops on both Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch with impressive traditional Italian home cooking by Italian Chef Gianluca Visani. The Christmas Eve 5-course Set Dinner is RMB 1,388+15% service charge whereas the 5-course set lunch on Christmas Day is about half the price at RMB 688 per person+15% service charge.
For Reservation Booking, Call: 5908-8151
A Magical Christmas at Barolo in the Ritz Carlton
2. Blue Frog
Blue Frog provides a simple, no-fuss American-style 3-course Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner menu for only RMB 328 per person making this deal one of the most affordable options available. And if you reserve early, you can also win a “special gift”.
3. The Bookworm
Tuck into a traditional English Christmas feast at The Bookworm. All the holiday favorites will be served across a 3-course meal for both Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch for only RMB 200 per person. Meal even includes a glass of sparkling!
For reservations, email Luis at restaurant@beijingbookworm.
Glass of Sparkling Wine
Choose From: Prawn Cocktail or Beetroot with Feta and Mint Salad
Traditional Roast Turkey with Apricot Stuffing
Pigs in Blankets
Honey Roast Salmon
With a Ginger Tomato Chutney
New Potatoes and a Lime Drenched Salad
Choose From: Mince Pie with Brandy Custard or Poached Pears in a Spiced Red Wine Reduction
Tuck into a traditional English Christmas feast at The Bookworm
4. Capital M
Celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day lunch at the charming and cozy Capital M with their award-winning cuisine, mulled wine and hot apple cider. They’ve also added the festive touch of lulling Christmas carols by the International Festival Chorus.
Details are sparse, but price is listed at RMB 588 per person. Info found on theBeijinger.com
Remarkably Stunning Capital M
5. Chef Too for X-mas Eve Dinner
Always serving quality American comfort food, Chef Too is another great option for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner. Diners can choose between a few options: a traditional turkey and ham dinner (RMB 288), filet mignon (RMB 368) or lobster in saffron cream (RMB 388), followed by dessert. *Note that all prices will tack on an additional 15% service fee.
To book a reservation, call 6591 8676.
6. 4Corners 肆角餐吧
From Gingerbread Making Contests (this Sunday, December 23) to Christmas meals on both Christmas Eve Dinner and a Christmas Day Buffet, 4Corners 肆角餐吧 has got a solid 3-day line-up of Christmas cheer.
“We’ve finally finished our new wood oven fireplace and wil be using it for all of ourChristmas dinner roasts and pies! Jun Trinh is a master at culinary perfection, and together we’re going to make holidays at 4corners awesome. Join us in the holiday fun, stuff yourself with delicious slow-food comfort food, and snuggle up in front of our fireplace with a hot drink from our new winter drinks menu. Let it snow; it’s cozy in here!” – 4Corners Team
Sunday, Dec. 23: Gingerbread Housebuilding Contest
From 3-9PM, 4Corners will “supply you with everything but imagination and the skills to make gumdrops stick to icing” including a few glasses of mulled wine to help the creative juices flow. Gingerbread judging starts at 9pm and prizes will be awarded to the following categories: Most Creative, Funniest, People’s Choice, and Best Effort.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Dinner
Be prepared to be impressed. They’ve got their new wood oven fire to roast up a succulent fire-roasted goose, turkey, maple-glazed ham, and all the sides, stuffings, and gravy you can handle. Dinner also comes with fresh old-school eggnog. RMB 200 per person, great value for a full-on meal.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Brunch Buffet
From 2PM onwards, they are hosting an eat-all-you-want flapjacks with apple sauce and real Canadian maple syrup + eggs your way, bottomless coffee and tea for only RMB 80 per person. For an extra RMB 50, you can add-on bottomless mimosas.
They’ll also be organizing a Secret Santa to spread some love! “Just bring a little gift and sweeten another Beijinger’s christmas day!”
For reservations, call: +86 64017797
7. Kerry’s Kitchen
Kerry Hotel’s outstanding dining venues will be showcasing exceptional Christmas and New Years set menus.
The ovens in Kerry’s Kitchen will be overflowing with whole roast turkeys, traditional Christmas ham, Australian Tomahawk steak, side dishes galore across 10 different food stations, and let’s not forget their mind-blowingly magnificent dessert spread complete with Mince Pie with Brandy Butter, Stollen and classic hot Christmas puddings, which is heaven alongside vanilla ice cream and Rum sauce. Their Grand Buffet with sparkling wine and lucky draw will be RMB 988+15% service charge, but they also have a festive lunch buffet for RMB 288 per person + 15% service charge.
For reservations, call 6561-8833 ext. 40
Kerry’s Kitchen Roast Turkey & Christmas Pudding
8. Maison Boulud
Enjoy a fabulous 5-course dinner in one of Beijing’s most revered French fine-dining restaurants for RMB 688+15% service charge per person.
To book your seat early, call: 6559 9200
A Christmas-inspired menu available for both Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch, Migas is serving up a 5-course menu for RMB 288 per person.
To make a reservation, call: +86 01052086061
Christmas Menu 2012
Foie terrine and Wagyu ham marinated with Armanagc
Tiger Iberian prawns warm salad
Madagascar vanilla cream with pecan nut and passion fruit
288 RMB (Drinks not included)
A Merry Turn of the Year! Modo & Mosto are both hosting Christmas Eve dinners and Mosto will also be serving a Christmas Day lunch with customized set meals for the upcoming festive occasions.
Prices range from RMB 350-490 for Christmas Eve dinner menus and RMB 168 for Christmas Lunch Menu at Mosto.
For reservations, call: 6415 7207 for Modo and 5208 6030 for Mosto.
Modo’s 4-course Christmas Eve Set Dinner Menu:
RMB 350 per person
Warm Seafood Salad
Country Style Terrine
Shrimp Tortelli or Saffron Risotto or Glazed Cod Fish or Beef Tenderloin Steak
Nutella Creme Brulee or Goats Cheese Panacotta or Profiteroles
Mosto’s 4-course Christmas Eve Set Dinner Menu:
RMB 490 per person
Baby Rucula & Spinach Salad
Green Asparagus Raviolis
Grilled Beef Tenderloin Steak or Oven Roasted Codfish
Chocolate Souffle or Classic Tiramisu or Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brulee
Mosto’s 3-course Christmas Set Lunch Menu:
RMB 168 per person
Starters include: Pumpkin Soup, Beef Tartar, Eggs Benedict, Basil Risotto
Mains: Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Salmon, Blue Berries Pancake, Yellow Corn Crepe, Beef Skirt Steak Salad, Saffron Risotto
Desserts: Belgium Chocolate Mousse, Cardamom Creme Brulee, Mango Sorbet
11. Niajo Spanish Restaurant
Niajo will have special menus for both Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch with exclusive creations by chef Alex Sánchez.
The specially created 6-course menu is priced at RMB 498 per person with a special discount offer of 30% off Dominio de la Vega cavas (sparkling white & rosé wine).
For reservations, please call: 5208 6052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niajo’s Feliz Navidad 6-course Christmas Menu
RMB 498 per person
Jerez seco acompañado de tres aperitivos: langostino rebozado, anchoa del cantábrico y Jamón ibérico de bellota con tomate fresco
Dry sherry accompanied by three appetizers: shrimp batter, Cantabrian anchovy and acorn fed Iberian ham with fresh tomato
Ballotine de Foie Gras con pera fresca, compota de naranja y reducción de PX
Ballotine of Foie Gras with fresh pear, orange compote and Pedro Ximénez
Sopa cremosa de espinacas con profiteroles crujientes, albóndigas de queso fresco y nueces
Creamy spinach soup with crispy profiteroles, cheese balls and nuts
Taco de bogavante frito y salsa de su coral con tomates y diversas verduras
Fried lobster in its coral sauce with tomatoes and vegetables
Lomo de cordero australiano con costra de aceitunas negras, pastel de patatas y salsa de su asado
Australian lamb loin with black olive crust, potato pie and sauce from its roast
Sopa de naranjas de Valencia y mazapán casero
Valencia orange soup and homemade marzipan
With a 5-decadent course Christmas Eve dinner and a 2-3 course Christmas Day lunch, SALT has got you covered this Christmas. Expect gastronomic holiday dishes like strawberry red plum salad, roast turkey and Zacapa Rum-Scented Bread Pudding. Price for Christmas Eve dinner is RMB 488 or RMB 788 for free flow drinks. Christmas lunch is RMB 268 or 308 for 2-3 courses without drinks or RMB 488-548 with free flow).
For reservations, call 6437-8457.
MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 2012
5 courses 488 rmb
5 courses + 3 hours free flow 788 rmb
STRAWBERRY-RED PLUM SALAD
pickled beets, fresh goat’s cheese ricotta, spiced pistachios, bitter leaves, balsamic reduction
fromage blanc-pumpkin ravioli, mandarin-butternut squash foam, pears, sunflower-pine nut cocoa crumble
foie gras terrine, brioche, raw pressed grape juice, poached plum emulsion, browned butter
hearty stuffing, hazelnut butter-apple puree, spiced almond-date wild rice, waldorf salad
VENISON LOIN STEAK
roast parsnips, quince, brussels sprouts, black trumpet mushrooms,
dark chocolate jus
flaky pastry crust, tomato fondue, fennel, celery root puree,
sweet fig-wine reduction
ZACAPA RUM-SCENTED BREAD PUDDING
candied kumquats, vanilla crème
pressed apples, iced yoghurt, lime, salted caramel
WARM CHOCOLATE FONDANT
coconut meringue, raspberry glaze, white chocolate ganache
TUESDAY DECEMBER 25, 2012
2 courses 268 rmb, 3 courses 308 rmb, 2 courses + 3 hours free flow 488
3 courses + 3 hours free flow 548 rmb
STRAWBERRY-RED PLUM SALAD
pickled beets, fresh goat’s cheese ricotta, spiced pistachios, crème fraiche-beetroot emulsion, bitter leaves
truffled chicken stuffing, roast tomatoes, bell peppers, orzo, smoked leek broth (+68 rmb)
cauliflower, fennel, tangerine, young peas, orange beurre blanc, curry
FOIE GRAS-COCOA TORCHON
quince, pomegranate, mini brioche, cocoa crumble, verjus-poached plums
CLEMENTINE-BUTTERNUT SQUASH FOAM
fromage blanc-pumpkin panzotti, pressed pine nuts, pear, nut-seed crumble
TRADITIONAL ROAST TURKEY
classic stuffing, almond-date wild rice, hazelnut butter-apple puree, turkey-truffle jus, waldorf salad
GRILLED VENISON LOIN
roasted quince, ruccula, caramelised baby onions, blackcurrants, cocoa
flaky pastry crust, tomato fondue, fennel, celery root puree, reisling-fig reduction
PREMIUM ANGUS RIB-EYE
truffled hollandaise, fresh market salad, cabernet sauvignon vinaigrette (+198 rmb)
GOAT’S CHEESE GNOCCHI
porcini mushroom fricassee, black truffle-pine nut crumbs, pecorino, truffle-thyme béchamel, winter leaves
ZACAPA RUM 23-SCENTED BREAD PUDDING
candied kumquats, vanilla crème anglasie
WARM CHOCOLATE FONDANT
coconut meringue, raspberry glaze, white chocolate ganache
PASSIONFRUIT PANNA COTTA
mango, red berry-balsamic coulis, cacao butter, yoghurt
SALT’s Got You Covered this Christmas
…and that’s a wrap!
For theBeijinger’s round-up of Dining Out Christmas Meals in Beijing, click here.
*Merry Christmas and Enjoy the Last Days of 2012!*