5 Unusual Christmas Dinners to Try this Week

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Christmas is within reaching distance. You’re probably preparing for time with drunken family members, practicing how to look over the moon when you unwrap a pretty dull present and more importantly you’re probably looking forward to a week of eating as much as you want and worrying about the effect in the new year when we all immediately sign up to the gym and promise ourselves that we’re going to go running every night. SPOILER ALERT (you're kidding yourself).

Anyway back to the food. The Idle Man team asked for our top 5 alternatives to your usual Christmas dinner, and after about an hour of debate we’ve come up with our top 5 dishes. So if you’re looking for something a little different this festive period, look no further.

In at numero uno…

The Christmas Crofter

This pop-up gone full time is bringing Scottish game to London with a festive venison burger loaded with haggis, Stilton and cranberry.  They’ll even be able to tell you who shot it!

Restaurant: Wild Game Co

What’s in it: Venison burger, brioche, haggis, cranberry, stilton, big red cherry tomato

Price: £9.50

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Festive Afternoon Tea

Forget the boring cucumber sandwiches, this is an afternoon tea with a difference. From spiced turkey sandwiches to peshwari mince pies, each item is deliciously flavoured with Indian magic.

Restaurant: Cinnamon Soho

What’s in it: Tandoori spiced turkey and chutney sandwich, South Indian mixed game samosa, bombay potato bonda with green chutney, and Bangla Scotch vegetable cutlet with kasundi relish.  Sweet treats include peshwari mince pies and Vivek Singh’s signature ginger and garam masala pudding.

All accompanied with a choice of the finest Jing tea’s, including Masala Chai

Price: £20 for 2

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Santa Skewers

The Brazilian BBQ guys are offering up a meaty festive tower of deliciousness, stacked with chicken wrapped in bacon, chipolatas and pineapple.

Restaurant: Cabana

What’s in it: Chicken wrapped in bacon, chipolatas and roasted pineapple served on a skewer fresh from the grill alongside spicy Malagueta sweet potato mash

Price: £12.95

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The Christmas Pizza

From these popular pizza purveyors in Covent Garden comes a traditional christmas dinner with a difference - it’s all on a pizza!

Restaurant: Fire & Stone

What’s in it: Roast turkey with sausage, apricot & herb stuffing, crispy bacon, rosemary roast potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts & sweet cranberries

Price: £10.95

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Baked Vacherin Mont d'Or Charcuterie

If Christmas isn’t the perfect time for dipping meat into bubbling hot, boozey cheese, then we don’t know when is.

Restaurant: Villiers

Dish: Baked vacherin Mont d’Or with charcuterie

What’s in it: Hot bubbling cheese spiked with garlic and white wine. With potatoes, salad, cornichons, toast and charcuterie.

Price: £16 for 2

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