For many of us, Christmas is the time for family gatherings, reunions and lots of eating. While the thought of having a dining table filled with roasts and log cakes is tempting, the preparation is a lot more painful. But we say leave the cooking to the experts and keep to organising your guest list and decorating the dining room. These new festive takeaways offer decadent treats for everyone, vegetarian or not.
New executive chef Armando Aristarco brings in hearty Italian festive dishes for Tablescape’s Christmas takeaways. A particularly unusual option is the Oven-baked Line Caught Fish which is done ‘acqua pazza’ style, a traditional Italian method of poaching white fish in herb broth. Wild seasonal fish is cooked with white wine, garlic, capers and olives, leaving behind a sweet yet savoury flesh. The Pork Belly Roulade is also great for parties, stuffed with spiced pineapple — easy to carve and serve. Not to worry, there’s also roasted turkey available for takeaway with buttered brussel sprouts, glazed chestnuts and turkey jus on the side.
Culina at COMO Dempsey
If you’re thinking of pulling together an elegant Christmas dinner without fuss, Culina’s deli offerings would make a great fit. Besides the usual roast turkey, Culina has roasted striploin seasoned with Mediterranean herbs and black pepper roasted baby back ribs. For bigger parties, consider throwing in the Gammon ham as well. What’s worth looking out for is Culina’s list of caviar and fresh oysters for takeaway, perfect with a glass of Champagne.
Jam at SIRI HOUSE
For its first-ever festive takeaway, Jam at Siri House is turning up classic Christmas offerings with decadent touches. Take for instance the roast turkey to be enjoyed with green apple compote and a luscious gravy made of foie gras, cognac and brown butter. But for those less familiar with carving up an entire turkey, go for the more manageable roast turkey breast instead. Roast beef, on the other hand, is served with a rich gravy of shiitake, truffle and port wine. And for dessert: a festive twist on the tiramisu with egg nog.
This year is all about sustainable living, but Christmas feasts seem to be more indulgent than environmentally friendly. Thankfully, Ryan’s Grocery is about to make year-end parties a little more guilt-free. 2019’s takeaways see a range of sustainable and eco-friendly roasts and meats. Take for instance the succulent pork belly with bratwurst stuffing uses certified carbon-free Borrowdale free-range pork. The traditional beef roasts feature grass-fed, organic Australian Hereford Beef that’s marinated with Mediterranean herbs and slow-roasted for a gorgeous char.
The Fullerton Hotel
Like its log cakes, The Fullerton Hotel finds Asian inspirations for its savoury takeaways. There’s a spin-off on ayam penyet with turkey, deep-fried and served with turmeric rice, tempeh and sambal on the side. Those thinking of trying out a plant-based feast should also definitely try the Impossible Meat wellington, to be had with wild mushroom cream sauce and roasted potatoes.