Our top picks for the festive season
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Want to get into the Christmas spirit? We’ve got you covered. Anita Champaneri from Delicious PR picks out her favourite Christmas Menus for 2021…
The new Lulu Wild in Brindleyplace has been a big hit with the wild childs of Brum looking for that high octane mix of cocktails and culinary adventure.
If you are looking for a venue with a wow factor, this certainly is the sexiest of settings and the menu definitely packs a punch with its impressive re-imagining of Chinese dishes.
Lulu’s mouth-watering Set Menu Supreme starts off with their Sesame Prawn Toast, slow-cooked Aromatic Duck, classic steamed Dim Sum and their Supreme Dim Sum platter. For your main dish, you can choose from Black Truffle Roast Duck, marinated for 24 hours, with truffle sauce and delicate Shimeji Mushrooms, Black Bean Lamb Cutlet, Black Cod or Roast Chicken in satay sauce. Mains are served with sides of Prawn Fried Rice, Shimeji Singapore Noodles, Pak Choi with Garlic Stir Fry, Tenderstem Broccoli or Egg Fried Rice. For £60 per person you can dine like an Emperor!
The cocktail list is impressive too with your classics as well as new concoctions like High Tea in Macau and Son of the Red Emperor, and our personal favourite China Bloom – a mix of Prosecco, Hibiscus, and Beefeater Gin!
Book now: www.luluwild.co.uk
Italians do put on a lovely Christmas and Lucarelli in the Mailbox is looking spectacularly festive! This Christmas, you must pay a visit to this romantic Italian restaurant, all draped with festive sparkles.
For starters you can choose between Risotto Ai Gamberi (prawn rissoto), Carpaccio Di Salmone Affumicato (salmon) and Funghi Alla Crema (Gratin Button Mushrooms with garlic and parsley, in a creamy sauce).
Move onto main courses such as Tacchino Com Ripieno Di Castagne (turkey with chesnuts) and Salmone and Gamberetti in Salsa Al Pepe Rosa (salmon with shallots and dill) then finish off with a Crème Brûlée or Semifreddo Al Panettone. Indulge in these incredible dishes for just £34.95! Available at both the Mailbox and West Bromwich venues.
Book now: www.lucarellirestaurant.co.uk
If a party feel is more your bag, then Manahatta is offering New York inspired festive celebrations, with a fab choice of exciting and boozy offers this festive season.
Their Festive Bottomless Brunch is on daily from 4pm. Take your pick of glorious Stacked Pancakes, warm Soft Pretzels, Pigs in Blankets, a Breakfast Hash and a whole lot more! Then enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Marys, Orange Blush Spritz, pints of Coors and their limited edition festive cocktails for just £34.99.
If you’re more of an evening drinker, they also have a Festive Christmas Party, the perfect evening alternative to a Bottomless Brunch, offering a Manahatta special Christmas Burger and all American Hot Dog from Sunday to Wednesday, 4pm onwards!
Looking for the perfect place for a work or family event this Christmas? Manahatta’s Festive Feast serves 8 or more with a banquet of delicious festive food, including deep fried Camembert, Pigs in Blankets, Stuffing Balls and more! As an extra Christmas treat they’ll throw in free Santa hats to get everyone into the Christmas party spirit.
Book now: www.manahatta.co.uk
Situated at the edge of the ICC by Brindleyplace canal, Craft is a high-end restaurant offering delightful Dining Pods set out on a pretty flower-filled terrace that gives a more intimate and cosy dining experience.
These are very popular with diners who like to keep within their ‘bubble’, and are booked up well in advance. Executive Chef Andrew Sheridan was a finalist in the BBC’s Great British Menu in 2018 and has curated a wonderful menu showcasing his talent.
His exceptional Christmas menu includes Craft Focaccia Bread Waffle, tangy Chorizo Jam and Manchego Cheese, Salt Cod Croquettes and Garlic Aioli, mouth-watering Prime British Dairy Beef with Romesco Sauce, and the perfect Crispy Fries. To finish off in Craft style, you’ll enjoy their Signature 1920’s KnickerBocker Glory.
Available from 23rd November until 18th December, for £55pp.
Book now: https://weare-craft.co.uk
Feeling extra spicy this Christmas? If you’re a fan of Thai cuisine, Siamais is the perfect place for you, offering an astonishing 3 course South East Asian experience for just £38.50.
Located in one of Birmingham’s trendiest dining spots, Brindleyplace, Siamais creates a lavish and intimate setting for you and your loved ones to feast during this festive period.
Embellished in a ceiling of twinkling lights, deep oak interiors and rich turquoise and gold furnishings, this authentic Thai restaurant will allow you to soak up that much needed warmth this winter.
Your first course will take off with the choice between a line up of starters, all bursting with flavour, including Salt and Chilli Battered Prawns, Sticky Satay Chicken or Smoky Char Grilled spare ribs. Proceed to spoil yourself with an exquisite main course, whether it be Beef in Oyster Sauce, Choo Chee Salmon or Massaman Curry.
Christmas is all about indulgent desserts, and at Siamais you can enjoy a creamy Vanilla Baked Cheesecake, Christmas Chocolate Brownie or Thai Sticky Rice. Delightful!
Book now : https://siamais.co.uk
Experience this Christmas Day the Simla way. If you like to go out on Christmas Day then Simla will treat you just like family on the 25th with their hearty Indian menu.
Based in Tamworth on the A5, this stunning Indian Restaurant also has the addition of the Zenna Bar, allowing you to enjoy your favourite wines and cocktails in a glamorous setting.
The Christmas Day menu is only available on 25th December for £47 per guest and £26.95 for children under 12.
Your Christmas includes starters from Seared Scallops and Christmas Chaat to Beef Galouti Kebab and Pop-Corn Chicken. You will then be served a choice of mains, including fiery dishes of Roast Lamb Shank Nihari, Chicken Tikka Masala and Pumpkin Paneer Korma, all filled with the boldest flavours. To finish, a Christmas Pudding Crumble topped with Cinnamon Brandy Custard.
Book now: www.simlarestaurant.co.uk
Looking for something out of the ordinary this Christmas? Why not try the Middle Eastern haven that is Qavali, offering a high-end dining experience in an environment designed to transport you across the Persian empire.
Sink into an evening of magnificent cocktails in their exquisite bar area that sits at the heart of this grand restaurant.
Then move on to the eatery’s dramatically lit dining area and experience their extensive menu. Kick off your tastebud adventure with starters of Charcoal Smoked Garlic and Parvadeh Olives, choose between hot plates of Samsun Pide Paneer, Sakandari Falafel and Mughlai Prawns, or try their Charcoal Grill dishes, Pashtun Chopgan Kebab and Sajji Wing.
They also offer their Indo-Persian Stews and Curries – Lahori Chicken Karahi, Saffron Sea Bass and Jhinga Nawabi, to name a few! Finish with a Chocolate Baklava or a Mango Ferni. This new restaurant in Brindleyplace is the perfect way to spice up your Christmas Spirit.
Book now: www.qavali.com
Let your Christmas sparkle with a Park Regis Classic Afternoon Tea, sprinkled with a Christmas twist this festive season. Take a pause from the rush of Christmas to cosy up in their 1565 Bar & Lounge with an assortment of warming, sweet and savoury festive treats, including traditional Turkey and Cranberry Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagels, Chocolate and Orange Macaroons, and Raspberry and White Chocolate Log – just to name a few!
Festive Afternoon tea is £25pp, with an option to upgrade to a champagne afternoon tea at £35 per person.
Book now: www.parkregisbirmingham.co.uk