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Christmas Dinner Inspiration from Fine-Dining Restaurants

Christmas Dinner Inspiration from Fine-Dining Restaurants

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  • 1. 6-course menu by Gordon Ramsey
  • 2. Christmas Eve dinner and lunch on 25th by William Anzidei
  • 3. Festive dinner with a panorama over Christmassy Vienna by Gerasimos Kavalieris
  • 4. Jungle Bell Brunch by Amazónico in Dubai
  • 5. Modern Fusion Christmas menu by Hong Hong chef Travis Wan
  • 6. The Hilton festive menu by Australian chef Dario Fiorino
  • 7. Culinary works of art for Christmas Eve dinner by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant
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Gorgeous and ubiquitous during the holiday season, Christmas goes hand in hand with hectic festive routine and celebration planning. Among the familiar anticipated traditions is undoubtedly a palatable Christmas dinner abundant with delicious flavors and vibrant colors. From the must-have roasted turkey to creamy eggnog with cinnamon sticks – most of us won’t deviate from these culinary favorites. But maybe this year’s greatest meal calls for the finest cuisine and elegant food presentation? To give you a little inspiration, here are some delectable alternatives to the common Christmas dishes, developed by professional chefs trained in haute cuisine. Explore these splendid culinary creations of famous Gordon Ramsay or celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant from Singapore, and prepare an exceptional feast to amaze your guests.

1. 6-course menu by Gordon Ramsey
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Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay
#62 of 41661 restaurants in London, United Kingdom
1 Kinnerton St, London, England, United Kingdom
Closed today

The creator of the renowned reality show Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay is arguably the most famous chef in the world. Having built a brilliant career in the cooking industry, the multi-Michelin starred chef is also a successful restaurateur, whose dining venues across the globe have earned a total of 17 coveted stars. Nestled in the heart of Knightsbridge, London, Petrus is one of his luxurious establishments rewarded by the legendary guide. Representing modern French cuisine served in the most exquisite manner, the restaurant was named after one of the world’s finest wines produced in Bordeaux, and today, it’s the first venue in Europe to offer it by the glass.

For this festive season, Petrus by Gordon Ramsay has introduced a special 6-course Christmas menu for £275 per person, drinks aren’t included. The exclusive meal starts with organic spelt ragout with wild truffle and smoked cheddar and lobster raviolo with pumpkin and Oscietra caviar. Then, the dishes are followed by Cornish cod and venison with beetroot and cranberry, plus Brillat Savarin (triple cream cheese) and Plaisir Sucré for dessert. All the dishes are exquisitely presented (explore the gallery above), but the pan-fried cod served with colored cauliflower and savory anchovy is the main highlight.

2. Christmas Eve dinner and lunch on 25th by William Anzidei
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Terrazza Les Étoiles Roma
#250 of 17693 restaurants in Rome, Italy
Via dei Bastioni, 1, Rome, Lazio, Italy
ClosedOpens at 10AM

Overlooking the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, the fine dining restaurant Les Etoiles is located on the seventh floor of the Hotel Atlante Star in one of the most elegant districts of Rome. At the helm of this panoramic rooftop venue is talented chef William Anzidei, who has dedicated his life to gastronomy, following all the recent renovations to the kitchen. With more than twenty years of professional experience, he has been curating the restaurant’s menu for four years. The core philosophy of all his dishes revolves around the lightness and simplicity of seasonal raw ingredients masterly transformed into gourmet delights.

To embellish your every Christmas moment, Les Etoiles offers two festive menus for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch. Among the dinner options is amberjack carpaccio (€24), homemade fusillone with oysters and caviar (€28), lobster with dried tomatoes (€35), and a Christmas sphere of three chocolates (€12). For lunch, there’s sashi beef (€24), cappelletti with black truffle (€24), crusted veal fillet (€35), and the same dessert. The presentation of the dishes is an aesthetic experience in itself (view the photo gallery). The perfect dinner idea for your Christmas table is the finely chopped marble beef skillfully served with crispy Parmesan and quail eggs.

3. Festive dinner with a panorama over Christmassy Vienna by Gerasimos Kavalieris
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Restaurant Das Schick
#647 of 9910 restaurants in Vienna, Austria
Parkring 12, Vienna, Austria
Closed today

The 3-toque (by the Gault&Millau guide) exclusive restaurant in the heart of Vienna, Das Schick is famous for its refined specialities of Austrian-Mediterranean cuisine and the overwhelming views across the rooftop of the Hotel Am Parkring. With the main focus on innovative culinary enjoyment, the restaurant's chef, Gerasimos Kavalieris, is a Greek cooking wizard, passionate about top-quality produce and unique combinations of flavors.

For an ultimate Christmas celebration, the Das Schick gourmet venue has prepared a delectable 5-course gala-menu complemented with a surprise drink and wine pairing. The Christmas meal in a breathtaking panoramic surrounding costs €201 per person and features such sophisticated dishes as duck liver with Forono beet and barberries, carabinero with alpine caviar and fennel pollen, melting-on-the-tongue Styrian Branzino (fish dish), succulent veal with butternut pumpkin and salt lemon as well as refined cheese or Ivoire chocolate for dessert. The upscale presentation of the dishes creates a sense of professionalism in the mind of eaters and enhances their aesthetic appeal. Explore the photo gallery with the aforementioned options, paying attention to our favorite Styrian Branzino, a colorful masterpiece served with dried tomatoes, artichoke, and Kalamata olive.

4. Jungle Bell Brunch by Amazónico in Dubai
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Amazónico Dubai
#17 of 19241 restaurants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DIFC Pavilion, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ClosedOpens at 12PM

Featuring an upbeat tropical rain forest atmosphere, the greenery-filled Dubai restaurant, Amazónico, represents the gastronomic heritage of the Amazon region in its dishes, serving Latin American food from palatable raw seafood to excellently cooked grilled meats. Originally opened in Madrid by the renowned restaurateurs, Sandro Silva and Marta Seco, today Amazónico has two sister venues in London and Dubai.

Annually, the eclectic restaurant offers a diverse Christmas feast set in the picturesque scene with the merriest electro-pical DJ tunes. The prices depend on beverages: with soft drink (575 AED), house beverages (675 AED), or champagne (795 AED). The menu includes various vegetarian (confit tomato with kalamansi citrus), seafood (octopus with purple olive sauce), and meat options. Among the latter ones is definitely the highlight dish – veal ribs authentically marinated in Peruvian chillies and served on a wooden board with baby potato and aji criollo (a spicy Peruvian salsa).

5. Modern Fusion Christmas menu by Hong Hong chef Travis Wan
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Billow Bar Seafood Bistro
#619 of 7771 seafood restaurants in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hung Lam Dr, 2號Shop B, No, Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Open now 11AM - 10PM

Surrounded by lush vegetation and Lake Egret’s water space at the edge of Tai Po Kau, the Billow seafood restaurant is especially renowned for its contemporary menu featuring international cuisine with modern fusion fare. Along with the enticing dishes, the gorgeous venue impresses visitors with its all-white exterior, which is a cultural heritage of the area, floor-to-ceiling arched windows, and a pet-friendly garden lounge.

Specially for this holiday season, chef Travis Wan from Billow has conjured up the Christmas selection of extravagant 4-course holiday delicacies, including seafood tower served with ice and lemon edges (see the gallery), juicy pan-seared Australian sirloin aesthetically accompanied by cherry tomatoes and fried asparagus, and the traditional Christmas cake Yule Log. As alternatives to the succulent sirloin, guests can choose between paper-wrapped cod fish and Provençal chicken breast. The festive meal costs $798 per person, with an additional cost for wine pairing (by glass $78, by bottle $380).

6. The Hilton festive menu by Australian chef Dario Fiorino
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Vintaged Bar + Grill
#63 of 1442 pubs & bars in Brisbane City, Australia
Level 6/190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia
Closed today

Specializing in seasonal Australian produce, Vintaged Bar + Grill is the restaurant located in the iconic Harry Seidler-designed hotel, Hilton Brisbane. Passionate about upscale cooking, the executive chef of the venue, Dario Fiorino, develops premium dishes of the freshest ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. Featuring mainly Spanish and French influences, the restaurant’s menu primarily revolves around grilled meat options and sustainably sourced seafood.

On this Christmas Eve, Vintaged Bar + Grill offers a specially curated three-course menu complemented with a glass of sparkling on arrival. The meal is available for $175 per person and features three main dishes for choice. Thus, any meat eater will be delighted with the slow-roasted Rolled Pork Belly served with Hilton Honey roasted baby carrots, caramelized apples, and cinnamon sauce, grilled Beef Rump Tail End with a potato gratin, grilled broccoli, confit cherry tomatoes, and a rich red wine jus (explore the gallery), or Hand-made Ravioloni with porcini mushrooms, fresh black summer truffle, Parmesan fondue, and Barolo wine.

7. Culinary works of art for Christmas Eve dinner by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant
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Saint Pierre
#21 of 38403 restaurants in Singapore, Singapore
1 Fullerton Road, #02-02B, One Fullerton, Singapore, Singapore, 049213
May be closed

The chef-owner of the Michelin-starred restaurants Saint Pierre and Shoukouwa in Singapore, Emmanuel Stroobant, is a Belgian-born culinary genius and a fine-dining pioneer in Singapore gastronomic scene. Named after the Saint Pierre Chapel in Notre-Dame de Paris, the Saint Pierre restaurant was established in 2000, still remaining one of the best venues in the country that serves modern French cuisine with an Asian twist. In 2017, the elegant restaurant was awarded with its first MICHELIN Star and retained it in 2018. A year later, Saint Pierre earned a second MICHELIN Star, maintaining the accolade in 2021 and 2022.

As any of Emmanuel Stroobant’s creations, the options from his special Christmas Eve menu are nothing but gastronomic masterpieces served in the most artistic form. Available for $488 per person, the meal includes such dishes as a fresh Gillardeau oyster topped with almas caviar, Minquiers Island blue lobster with black truffle and coconut, or roasted Pyrenees milk-fed lamb saddle, alongside parsnip-miso cream, and monkey head mushroom (the black-and-white dish in the gallery). Still, on top of this fantastic diversity is the flowery Hokkaido Sea urchin served with creamy cauliflower and tarragon leaves (the first picture in the gallery).

With Christmas in full swing, it’s extremely difficult to concentrate on one thing, especially when it comes to a festive dinner. In case you’re planning to serve something dazzling and gorgeous for this year’s feast, the fine-dining ideas on our list are right up your alley. Share your own haute cuisine recipes in the comments and have a magical holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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