Eat your way through the holiday menus at these restaurants

Festive menus galore this season

’Tis the most wonderful time of the year for new menus, with a splash of festivity thrown in!

♦ Pizza Massilia will launch a festive menu to celebrate the holidays until Jan 8, 2023 at the Ruam Rudee branch. Inspired by Pizza Massilia’s friends at Amano in Manila, Philippines, chef Michele Fernando presents Cotechino fritto, nuggets of deep fried slow-cooked pork sausage ready to be dipped in a housemade lentil mayonnaise. The stars of the menu are three festive pizzas (yes, you read that right): Serrano ham pizza, Octopus & potatoes pizza and Smoked Norwegian salmon & pomegranate pizza. Call 094-552-2025 or email contact@pizzamassilia.com.

♦ From Dec 15, La Bottega di Luca is serving its festive menu with head chef Marco Avesani preparing an Italian celebration. The feast begins with Grilled langoustines served with Osietra caviar, Champagne sauce and passion fruit. Level up with French foie gras topped with the unmistakable texture of Amarena Fabbri (wild cherry) and raspberry purée. Risotto with saffron, Piennolo tomato, Burrata and Mazara Del Vallo prawns, one of the prized crustaceans on the market, will also grace the menu. Chef Marco brings his childhood favourite of Fresh agnolotti filled with pumpkin, Amaretto, butter and black winter truffle. The Italian symbol of Christmas, a delicate artisan panettone with Zabaione cream and chef Marco’s favourite Sbrisolona cake, a traditional crumbly almond cake from Lombardy, is served with grappa. The festive menu is avaialbe from Dec 15 to Jan 6, 2023. Call 097-114-7342 or email la.bottega.di.luca@gmail.com. 

♦ At Mia, Chefs Pongcharn “Top” Russell and Michelle Goh will create an indulging festive menu composed of succulent dishes prepared with imported and local seasonal products that can be paired with carefully selected fine wines. The eight-course festive tasting menu highlighting Turkey ballotine and North Sea crab with ajo blanco and grapes is priced at B4,850++ and the five-course menu is priced at B3,850++ and is available from Dec 20-30. On Dec 24-26,   only eight courses will be available for lunch and dinner. The plant-based and vegetarian culinary journey is priced at B3,850 ++. On New Years Eve, the eight-course dinner highlights premium ingredients such as Cured hamachi with cashew milk dressing and shiso oil and is priced at B B5,850 ++ baht. The restaurant closes from Jan 2-3. Call 098-862-9659, email reservation@miarestaurantbkk.com or visit miarestaurantbkk.com.

♦ Thai restaurant 80/20 will be serving a "Festive Special Tasting Menu" until Dec 8, 2023. Chef Andrew Martin will surprise your palate with an array of new dishes, which draws inspiration from traditional Thai cuisine. "The menu celebrates the season with individual dishes and sharing dishes. It includes Khanom buang talay with uni, caviar and cacao; and Pla mamuang with amberjack, mango, roast coconut, however there may be small daily changes as the ingredients depend on what's in the market on the day. The highlight is the Ped Yaowarat, though reminiscent of Christmas with roasted duck breast, chestnut and cherry, it is strongly Thai-Chinese," says chef Martin. Get ready for the Nam Xmas or the rose apple spiced tea, served chilled to pair with the Bangkok weather, but even chilled it will definitely give you that warm Christmas feeling. The menu is priced at B4,500++ per person and the wine pairing at B3,000++ per person. Call 099-118-2200, email info@8020bkk.com or visit 8020bkk.com.

♦ Ikea is serving a julebord buffet this Christmas! Celebrate the festival with a line-up of many Swedish dishes, beverages, and Ikea's popular dishes. The exclusive buffet will be served from Dec 12-13 at Ikea Bangna and Ikea Bangyai. Traditionally, Dec 13 is celebrated as St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden, where children wear white gowns and a candle crown or a wreath decorated with lights. On Dec 24. the Swedes gather with family to feast on a meal served buffet style. Ikea's julebord will feature kottbullar or Swedish meatballs with all the sides; julskinka or Christmas ham; gravax or cured salmon served with hovmastarsas mustard; revbensspjall or baked pork ribs; and a lot more favourites. Finishing off the Swedish gourmand journey, will be a myriad of Swedish desserts. The 90-minute Swedish Christmas buffet is priced at B299 baht for adults, B99 baht for children between the ages of four and 12 and free for those under four. The buffet is served twice a day: 5.30–7.30pm and from 7.30-9pm. Diners need to visit Ikea stores to buy tickets, book their preferred slot, as well as seating.

♦ Every Saturday in December, after-dark venue Lost & Found, on the 3rd floor of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel / Riverside Plaza, will keep the strobe lights on and the festive cheer up with Christmas-themed shows, drag acts and live DJs as part of the weekly Christmas nights. Guests joining the crew of regulars for Bad Santa! night can look forward to merry frolics with Santa’s elves on stage and generous food and drinks packages. A menu of guilty pleasures includes a seafood-rich appetiser section and a choice of land or sea mains. Champagne On Fire, the decadent dessert, offers a delicious finale. The weekly Bad Santa! Night starts at 7pm and entry is free. Packages start at B1,490++ per person for three hours of unlimited food and B2,590++ for three hours of unlimited food and free-flow soft drinks, beer, wine and mixers. Call 02-431-9475 or email riversidedining@anantara.com.

♦ Bitterman Bangkok on Sala Daeng 1, Silom, is dialing up the fun at Christmas with help from Sui Gin. Expect modern takes on classic festive dishes as Christmas is about living your best with your best ones. The sharing set for four draws inspirations from all that is wholesome and delicious from Eastern inspired grilled threadfin beams to charcoal-rubbed Australian full-blood Wagyu T-Bone! The Christmas menu will also be available for a la carte but with limited servings. The event will be joined by Nanthawat Klinhom, brand ambassador for Beam Suntory Thailand and winner of Roku Gin Takumi Competition 2019, on Dec 24 for a guest bartender shift. Live music from The Loner Manouche will entertain on Dec 23, DJ Takamichi on Dec 24 and Babe & Friends on Dec 25, from 7-10pm. Call 02-636-3256, email bitterman.co@gmail.com or Line: @bitterman.

♦ Festive vibes take over Above Eleven, where a Peruvian Christmas feast will be hosted on Dec 24-25. Celebrate chef Omar’s Nikkei Christmas specials and dance the night away with resident DJs Camilo & Pepe, who will heat up the dance floor with their sexy house Latin beats. On Dec 31, join the White Party countdown with magnificent views of the fireworks to cap off the year right and start 2023 bright. Entry to the party starts from 10pm and tickets will be sold at the door for B1,500 thb, and include a premium drink. Visit fb.me/e/2loTy3P4n.

♦ There are 999 more reasons to visit Topgolf Megacity, Bangkok’s most exciting sports and entertainment venue. Topgolf Megacity rolls out its biggest giveaway campaign yet with Lucky Golden Ball giveaway running from Dec 15-31. Prizes worth more than B2.8 million, from coveted latest edition electronics to the best golf gear, are up for graps. To end the year on a mega high, there’s a three-prize Golden Mega Draw on Dec 31 with prizes more than B1.25 million, including a round-trip holiday to Topgolf Dubai. The “Swing Into 2023” New Year’s eve party will include spectacular fireworks. Patrons can simply book their bay, play and have a good time as always at Topgolf Megacity. Players wave their club (provided by Topgolf) over the ball dispenser’s sensor. If a golden golf ball rolls their way, players automatically win a prize. The more you play, the more you could win. The “Swing Into 2023” package includes five hours of gameplay, accompanied by a complimentary ice-cold beer tower, along with access to The Puttyard and the entertainment for the night. When the clock strikes midnight, Topgolf Megacity bursts out an astonishing fireworks show, which guests can enjoy with an unobstructed view from the hitting bay or the rooftop vantage point of the Pink Giraffe Rooftop Bar. Each guest also gets a ticket for the Golden Mega Draw at 11pm. The package is priced at B7,500 nett, a one-night-only celebration price of B750 per person when shared among 10 people. Other food and drinks at the night is offered a la carte at regular prices. Visit topgolfthailand.com.

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