Top 5: East London restaurants open for Christmas Day lunch
As Cliff Richard once sang, Christmas is a time for living, a time for believing. It's also a time for wanting to get the hell out of your house once your relatives hit peak annoyance. Thankfully, we live in a world where it's totally fine if you don't feel like getting up at the crack of dawn to grease up a turkey and shove some stuffing up its arse to feed your extended family - guess what, you can eat out on Christmas Day instead!
With that in mind, here's the Top 5 places in East London to hand over your cash and get sozzled with someone else doing the cooking. No washing up too - BONUS.
Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle has got a pretty sophis little menu going on for the big day. For £85, you'll get devilled quails eggs, roast parsnip soup, then either Jerusalem artichoke and truffle ravioli or roast Barbary duck with pearl barley and confit leg ragu. Dessert is torrejas (a Spanish bread pudding) with maple glazed apples and Christmas pudding ice-cream plus a port-infused Stilton with homemade oatcakes and grapes. Also you're clearly going to win at Instagram on this day with some stellar pictures of London on Christmas Day at that height, too. duckandwaffle.com
The Hoxton Grill is going classic for their £78 menu. Kicking off with a choice of cured salmon, Jerusalem artichoke and truffle soup or ham hock, there's a little palate cleanser afterwards with a Champagne sorbet. This clearly won't be the last you see of the Champagne bottle today. For mains, it's roast turkey and trimmings, filet of beef or pan-fried halibut and for the veggies, it's roast butternut squash with chestnuts and lentils. Dessert is Chrimbo pudding, chocolate and orange parfait or Stilton, all rounded off with a few mince pies. hoxtongrill.com
El Ganso have been bringing a touch of "Ole!" to Broadway Market since earlier this year and now they're planning a Spanish fiesta for Christmas Day. Their modern Spanish tapas feast is amazing value for money at £50 and on arrival you'll be greeted with a class of Cava sangria (it's impossible not to be happy while drinking this, trust us). Then it's king prawns in tempura batter, followed by cheese balls with nuts (Tetilla, Manchego and Cabrales), foie gras cream with nougat and lemon sorbet. The centre point of the meal will be smoked monkfish, oven cooked suckling pig or lamb. It's all rounded off with a selection of Spanish desserts and of course, a little nip of some Pedro Jiminez. elgansocafe.co.uk
While Hoi Polloi's sister restaurant, Bistrotheque, usually hosts a fabulous bash on the big day, they've passed the baton on to their Shoreditch sibling this year. And it's a strong first year offering from the restaurant. The meal costs £85 (or £30 for kids) and it's straight in with some Jerusalem artichoke and truffle soup, followed by foie gras parfait with Earl Grey jelly and brioche (um, wow) or salmon, avocado and grapefruit ceviche. A little butternut squash agnolotti (like ravioli) follows, then it's roast Norfolk Turkey and trimmings, sea bass or braised beef featherblade. Some Stilton is next, plus a choice of Christmas pudding or chocolate tart and salted ice cream. If it all gets too much, there will no doubt be room at the inn (the Ace Hotel) upstairs to roll into after that banquet. hoi-polloi.co.uk
You know what? It's not a crime to sack off the turkey all together. The ever-dependable Tayyabs is open for curry cravings on Christmas day (like ever other day of the year), and with a whole meal barely clocking in at £30, we have to say we're very tempted. Who wouldn't want to be chowing down on those famous lamb chops, that kicking paneer tikka or mopping up a chicken karahi with one of their pillowsoft naans? A mango lassi for dessert and you'll never want to approach a Brussels sprout ever again. tayyabs.co.uk