The 25th of December is one of the most important dates on the Christian calendar, where the birth of Jesus, the son of God, is celebrated heartily. Leading up to such a great event, there are a number of lively celebrations that live up to the excitement of the holiday. For some, this makes the idea of a dinner out following all the work of the previous weeks sound much more enticing than cooking a large dinner at home. Today in this article from ShMadrid, we want to give you some suggestions for places to go out to Christmas dinner in the capital.
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Christmas dinner in the capital
The gastronomic offering in Madrid is widely varied and contains a number of high-quality options for all tastes. For this reason, it’s not too hard to find the right restaurant for your family’s Christmas dinner. One good restaurant option is the restaurant Milos, a Greek food option to switch up the Christmas menu a little bit. Milos offers an authentic and elegant menu, where you can find appetizers such as bruschetta with feta cheese and cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and mint leaves and other delicious plates to share such as bacon-wrapped eggplant roasted in orange and topped with tomato sauce and vegetables in a rain of feta cheese, and grape leaves with rice and fresh spices. They also feature a puff pastry table, with spanakopita (filo dough filled with spinach and bits of cheese) and tiropita (filo dough filled with cheese) and orzo pasta with lobster and vegetables. For a second course, you can choose between lamb frikanse with French chives and avgolemono sauce, tsipoura (fillet of gilt head bream fish with fish veloute sauce and rice and leeks) and xoirino karre (creamy pork carre made in the oven with apple compote and potatoes). Don’t miss out on the desserts; you’ll find delicious options such as ekmek kataifi (a creamy cake with nata and pistachios on a nut-filled cake) and greek yogurt with honey and nuts. Milos sets a price of 30 euros per person for this meal.
Another alternative is Ananta, an Indian restaurant with lovely decoration that will add an exquisite touch to your Christmas dinner. Ananta offers a Christmas menu at 39.85 euros per person that consists of entrees such as Pakora, vegetable pastries in chickpea flour, and Keema samosa, empanada-style corn treats filled with meat and spices. A first course could include Murgh ke tikka, made of chicken breast marinated in yogurt, lime, ginger, and aromatic herbs, or seekh kebab, which consists of spicy grilled tandoori lamb with spices and aromatic herbs. For a second course there is ingha korma, a lobster curry with coconut milk, almonds and spices; Gosht ka roghan josh, a lamb and tomato curry with Kashmiri style spices; and Dal Makhani, or Indian lentils mixed with spices. You won’t be left hungry with this third plate – there is Naan, a type of natural Indian bread, and Paneer Naan, a type of Indian bread filled with cheese, steamed Basmati rice and Basmati Pulau (Basmati rice with cardamom, cinnamon and star anise). To finish of the night, Ananta offer a variety of delicious desserts – Halwa, made from semolina and almonds, coconut and ghee, and Gulabjamun, fried milk pellets dipped in syrup.
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Lastly, if you prefer something more traditional, we recommend the menu of La Manzana, a restaurant found in Hesperia hotels. Here you can find an entree of sea clam broth and crispy rye, a main plate of roasted skewered hake with red cabbage, pine nuts, guanciale (cured Italian meat) and turkey filled with potatoes and cranberry sauce. The dessert is an exquisite New York cheesecake with raspberry. The price is 80 euros per person.