While the traditional Christmas family gathering around a festive table might have been put on hold this year, that doesn't mean you need to miss out on an incredible Christmas spread, especially if you're not usually the nominated cook.
If you prefer to leave the cooking duties and clean-up to the professionals, this might just be your year.
With so many high-end restaurants pivoting to delivery, luxury Christmas dinner delivery is now readily available at the click of a button. Which means you could be sitting down to the thrill of Christmas lunch, prepared by Daniel Humm or Grant Achatz, but in your own home.
With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best Christmas dinner deliveries available to order online this Christmas, in the US and Europe.
Michelin-Star Christmas Dinner Delivery in the US
EMP to Go - New York
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Eleven Madison Park is offering areimagined take on chef Daniel Humm's iconic roast duck, which forms the centrepiece of their limited-run holiday EMP To Go menu for four ($475). The duck comes prepared two ways, alongside plenty of decadent starters befitting of the season, such as foie gras with preserved pear and housemade brioche and chocolate hazelnut tart for dessert. What's more, for every dinner set purchased, Eleven Madison Park will donate 20 meals to New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity with Rethink Food,
If you're mixing things up this year, why not go Swedish. Aquavit's bountiful Christmas Kit comes complete with a Nordic inspired menu, with dishes ranging from herring and gravlax through to meatballs and Swedish candy, all for $195.
Vespertine and chef Jordan Kahn are continuing with their themed takeaways, with the festive edition paying homage to Chicago’s modernist mecca Alinea. The menu is available in two formats, for two. One features ready-to-eat, individually-plated small dishes ($115 per person), while the other focuses on the DIY family-style format typical of previous Vespertine menus, ready for reheating and plating at home ($95 per person). See the dishes here.
Nancy Silverton's team is back following a strong Thanksgiving menu, with a Christmas Festa dinner package for four ($500) which includes an aperitivo followed by an Italian-inspired feast of garlic and rosemary roasted prime rib roast and all the trimmings, plus a buche de noel to finish.
If it's Christmas for two, try Hayato chef Brandon Go's new take-out sushi Orizume for December for $340. Chef Go says: “I have purposefully created this Orizume for two (or more) people to share. This is something to eat with a friend, to pair a bottle of sake or wine with, and make an evening out of. It’s my hope that for just a little while, although this year has given us a lot to be upset about, you can be reminded a little of what it was like to have us cook for you, I can remind myself that I still have some ability to cook, and that one day, we will be able to enjoy this together in person again.”
Still on the sushi theme, try this sushi and Dom Pérignon festive feast with the n/naka Ekiben + Dom Pérignon package for $315.00 featuring two of Ekiben and a bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009, or go all-out with the n/naka Jubako + Dom Pérignon package for two for - $615.00 including two Jubako bento and one bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000, and closes with chocolate basque cheesecake.
Grant Achatz and his Alinea team were among the first to pivot to take out and they're still going strong. For Christmas they've got pilcrow poultry pie on the menu with duck confit, pheasant and poussin stew, comforting sides like celery root, apple and potato gratin, and a burning yule log to finish for a very reasonable $85 per person.
While Curtis Duffy's three-Michelin-star Ever restaurant is not currently offering a bespoke Christmas menu, per se, this season presents the perfect opportunity to splash on some of their to-go dishes. Think decadent winter warming dishes, like slow-roasted pork belly and molten chocolate cake.
Aktar @ Home - Christmas Day Feast - Nationwide Delivery
Michelin star chef Aktar Islam has one of the most generous Christmas feasts for delivery that we've seen, with a decadent three-course offering. It starts with cured meats like pata negra, terrines and homemade bread followed by aged rib of beef with all the must-have accompaniments, followed by a fine cheese selection and for a sweet finish a selection of handmade choux buns with festive creme pâtissier and petit fours. All from £250.
Jason Atherton at Home for Christmas - Nationwide delivery
Leading London chef Jason Atherton has teamed up with Lake District Farmers this Christmas to create the ultimate 3-course Christmas Day Dinner (£300) which includes heritage breed beef sirloin, Aynhoe Park honey and juniper glazed ham and a traditional turkey breast with hand-picked vegetables and all the trimmings and finishes with a lavish treacle tart and Christmas pudding chantilly for dessert followed by an elegant selection of petit fours.
Sketch MMmm... Christmas menu proposes traditional recipes re-imagined with a Sketch twist in portions of2 to 12, at £60 per person. Think boneless turkey breast wrapped in smoked bacon, served with lingonberry marmalade, roast sage potatoes and a choice of chocolate and caramel yule log or grapefruit and peanut yule log.
Gymkhana at Home - Festive Feast Experience - Nationwide Delivery
Go for a festive curry of the highest calibre with a Festive Feast Experience (£200 for four) with cherry-picked signature dishes from across restaurants including Brigadiers, Gymkhana and Trishna. Traditional clay biriyani handi and chicken butter masala are just two of many dishes on the menu. There's complimentary delivery, and all is ready to be reheated at home.
Chef Tom Kerridge and his team from the Michelin-star pub TheHand and Flowers, have created three four-course festive menus for four to six people (£350), with a choice of traditional Norfolk turkey, slow-cooked shoulder of venison or beef wellington with all the trimmings. Everything arrives pre-prepared and par-cooked with just over an hour and a half needed to reheat at home following a cook-along video with Tom. he takes you through what you need to do step-by-step.
The iconic London restaurant is offering a traditional turkey feast for eight with a whole-roasted bronze Norfolk turkey and all the trimmings, including pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce (you can even swap out the Brussels sprouts if you like) a tasty soup and an indulgent dessert, for £450.
Mauro Colagreco, the three-star chef from Mirazur (Menton) has also gone mobile, creating a festive menu to be delivered to homes all over France, offering a five-course menu for 240 euros. They will also donate 5% of the menu price to CARF (Community of Aglomeration of the French Riviera). There's also an online grocery store where you can find vinegar, homemade jams or even a panettone.
Le Chiberta with Guy Savoy - Paris
The three-Michelin-star chef Guy Savoy is presenting a special Christmas for two (310 euros) or four (620 euros) at his Le Chiberta restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe. Expect decadent french dining at its best, with a menu including oysters, gravlax, snails and 1/2 poached poularde with truffle Albuféra sauce, root vegetables and Brie de Meaux with truffle.
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