I’ve been receiving a number of invites for Christmas dinner reviews but was only able to attend these four due to time constraint. This year, I noticed pricing has become more affordable and restaurants are offering more than just turkey. Many outlets offer set meals which is ideal if you’re not that big an eater. I’ll be elaborating more on each outlet in subsequent posts throughout the week leading up to Christmas. For now, this is a summary of what’s being offered out there for you to use as a point of reference. :)
For the festive season (Christmas and New Year’s Eve), Mezze has come up with a menu inspired by France, Spain and Italy. There’s Xmas ham with raisin sauce, foie gras terrine, foie gras & black truffle pork sausages and Yule log with vanilla sauce. I had a bit from both menus and the lamb rump with black olives was my favourite.
The three course Christmas dinner comes with a drink, coffee or tea and petit fours, priced at RM140++ per person. For the New Year’s Eve menu, it’s RM160++ per person. You can top up an additional RM115 for three glasses of wine, expertly paired by Mezze’s sommelier Sebastian.
Terazza Brasserie, Grand Dorsett Subang
If buffet is more of your thing, Grand Dorsett Subang is serving a spread for dinner on Christmas Eve (RM98++ per pax) and lunch on Christmas Day (RM68++ per pax). Traditional favourites such as whole roast turkey, lobster bisque, grilled slipper lobster and Christmas pudding will take center stage this season.
The turkey stuffing was delicious, as was the turkey leg, best eaten with a mix of cranberry and brown sauce. Remember to save space for the Yule log. I’m glad I did as it was rich and moist.
Chicago Rib House
From 20 December to 1 Jan, Chicago Rib House offers a 4-course Christmas set menu for RM79.90 per pax. After an appetizer of crab and cod crostini and pomegranate salad, diners can take their pick from the three main courses available — dry rubbed coffee ribs, roasted pork belly roulade and roasted turkey leg. For dessert, the pumpkin tart does the trick of ending dinner on a sweet note.
I really enjoyed the pork belly roulade, which I shall “oooh and aaaah” in a separate blog post soon. By the way, the set also includes a choice of drink — peach bellini, mint lemonade or Christmas Berry Delight.
Pressroom in Bangsar Shopping Centre has also come up with their Christmas set menu, available on the 24th (dinner) and 25th December (lunch) for RM120++. The 3-course menu features a line-up of promising dishes — Salmon with Caviar, Duck Rillettes and Chicken Liver Paté or Lobster Bouillabaisse for starters, and for mains, a choice of Roast Turkey, Roast Loin of Lamb or Lemon Sole.
The turkey at Pressroom is my favourite turkey dish thus far, but if I have to choose, the Lemon Sole with almond sauce screams “eat me”! And it ain’t Christmas if there’s no Christmas pudding, although I much prefer a spotted dick pudding to this. Pressroom gets points for serving coffee (included in the set) with Spanish turrones. For the indulgent one, you can top up RM20 for a glass of Paul Jaboulet to get into the Christmas mood.
Pernod Ricard Malaysia sent me a bottle of G. H. Mumm last night. Thank you for the thought, PRM! And just in time for Christmas… :)