Condensing Christmas into a burger isn't a challenge to be taken on lightly – but thankfully Le Bun has stepped up to the plate with its Christmas tree-smoked deer bun. We're not entirely sure what it'll taste like, but we're imagining something rich, smoky and with a lovely pine-y undertone. YUM. If that's not your thing, there's a southern-fried turkey bun, too. What's more Le Bun's knocked together an absolutely mouthwatering choice of desserts – there's tarte au citron with salted caramel popcorn cream and a brûlée New York cheesecake and Chambord coulis.
You've had the bacon naan, now sample the cult modern Indian restaurant's take on a traditional Christmas dinner. Fusing British and Indian cuisine, there'll be turkey raan, a whole turkey leg prepared in traditional Indian raan style – marinated, braised overnight and then flame-grilled – served with warming Bombay potatoes, masala winter greens and spiced cranberry chutney. Oh, and there's a brand new cocktail menu from drinks walla Carl Brown, too, so we bet your meal here will be very merry indeed.
We'll hedge our bets that most of you probably have no idea what a Peruvian Christmas entails. Well, now's the time to find out. Martin Morales' modern picanteria in Shoreditch will be serving up two sharing menus, including dishes like chilli-braised pork cheeks, cassava roots mash and tamarillo salsa; and aguadito de mariscos (seared king prawns, squid and mussels, brawn bisque, squash and coriander rice). If that wasn't enough, you can also order whole roasted piglet, marinated in pisco and goldenberry. Talk about going the whole hog.
The brutalist architecture of the Barbican might not put you in the most festive of moods, but that'll change when you sample Anthony Demetre's Christmas menu at Osteria, his restaurant on the second floor of the arts centre. The star of the show will be baked salt-crusted wild sea bream – and if that's not enough to make you salivate, there'll be a whole a seasonal menu to feast on, with handmade pumpkin, sage and grilled broccoli tortellini; suckling pig; and whole roasted lemon sole with raisins, capers and pine nuts.
Morito shows that Christmas is about way more than turkey by putting its North African stamp on festive dishes this year, with punchy Arak-marinated salmon, served with labneh, beetroot and dukkah; pigeon breast, pumpkin and goat's curd with pistachio sauce; and Spanish cheese with quince jelly, amongst other lip-smacking flavours.
Milan's the word at this Lombardian enogastronomia (that's food-forward café to you and us) that sits under railway arches in Hackney. As such, you can expect to find oodles of really delicious meat and cheese – think a charcuterie and cheese board to die for, saffron risotto, and melty, tender and flavoursome ossobucco; all rounded off with a choice between tiramisu and panettone with mascarpone cream. Mmmmmmhm.