Staying in Shanghai for Christmas? Not to worry - we’ve got your family covered on where to dine and get that Christmas dinner that reminds you of home.
One of our favorites for cheap and chilled out weekend brunch, the Pentalounge’s Christmas Eve dinner sounds perfect for families. Their RMB228 dinner set includes pan-seared scallop with pumpkin chowder and chestnuts; Shiraz infused braise beef shank with porcini mushrooms and caramelize baby carrots, Kahlua Chocolate crème brûlée, anise spiced apple pie and free-flow house wine, beer and soft drinks. Plus, this relaxed gastrolounge has pool tables, Nintendo Wii and board games to keep the kids occupied.
Dec 24. See listing for Pentalounge.
If you’re in need of respite from the regular Christmas turkey spread, we’d recommend checking out the Mexican-inspired dinners at both Maya and sister restaurant Mayita. For RMB295 per person, they’re offering roasted chestnut soup with chorizo and pepitas; crispy cod bacalao, chipotle rubbed turkey with poblano mash and roasted carrots, and jalapeno cornbread stuffing with mole gravy. The price also includes a welcome drink and dessert, and management tells us special non-spicy kids menus are available by pre-booking.
December 24-25. See listing for Maya. See listing for Mayita.
This Christmas Eve dinner buffet with magic tricks and clown performances is bound to bring joy to every guest on 24th December at only RMB398 per person. From fresh seafood, a variety of Asian and western delicacies, succulent roasted turkey to a wide range of Christmas-themed dessert, the extravagant buffet is filled with classic fare and fabulous flavors. To spread Christmas cheer, everyone will be entitled to a chance of winning a 3-night stay at a 5 star resort in Sanya of Marriott Group as part of a lucky draw.
Dec 24. See listing for Pudong City Bistro, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East here.
This Christmas, all 11 of Yi Café’s culinary stations will be serving their regular worldly delights, in addition to festive dishes like roasted turkey, honey baked ham, duck confit and desserts. The entrance also includes free-flow Christmas cocktails, wines, beer and juices. Head over for brunch or dinner service.
Dec 24. See listing for Yi Cafe.
The bleak midwinter seems like a fitting time of year to feast on hearty Nordic cuisine, no? Pelikan will be filling guests with a smorgasbord of artisanal fare for RMB295 per person. On the table will be cured salmon with cucumber and dill, baked cod with nuts, apples and brown butter, hay-smoked pork belly with figs and honey mustard, roasted duck breast, glazed roast potatoes and much more. The price also includes cheese and dessert to finish.
See listing for Pelikan.
Paul Pairet and the MMB team will be wishing diners joyeux noel with a festive brunch on December 24-25. So what’s on the menu? That’s for them to know and you to find out. If it’s anything like the regular brunch service though, we bet it will be delicious. A la carte favorites like eggs Benedict and that French toast will also be available.
See listing for Mr & Mrs Bund.
Set your sights on Christmas lights and come and enjoy a night of fun with the fabulous cuisine from chef Juan Campos. A four-course menu plus amuse bouche for adults is RMB538 per person and includes a welcome drink. Children under 12 years of age can enjoy a modified three course menu and soft drink for RMB198. The sophisticated menu will include dishes like Chilean Wagyu Strip Loin and a decadent Valrhona Chocolate Layer Cake with coconut ice cream and berries.
5.30pm, Dec 24. See listing for RAW Eatery and Wood Grill here.
Enjoy a Christmas lunch of creamy potato and leek soup, Christmas turkey, chestnut cheesecake and a glass of wine, coffee, tea or soft drink for RMB248.
Dec 25. See listing for Blue Frog.
In addition to its weekly weekend brunch, The BREW is getting into the spirit of the holidays with a Christmas Eve and Day dinner for RMB428 per person that includes free flow juice and craft beer. Children are RMB214 each. The above prices are subject to a 10-percent service charge and 6-percent VAT.
7.30pm-late, Dec 24-25. See listing for The BREW here.
Do Christmas up big—Mexican style—this year with a Las Posadas and Christmas Party at Pistolera. RMB150 for adults and RMB80 for kids 4-12 (4 and under are free) includes all you can eat tamales and other authentic Mexican classics with fruit ponche.
Pistolera Hengshan Lu 4pm-late, Dec 10. See listing for Pistolera (Hengshan Lu) here.
Pistolera Jinqiao 4pm-late, Dec 11. See listing for Pistolera (Jinqiao) here.
London born Chef Hardeep Somal presents a very special English Christmas themed menu with a touch of Bull and Claw style. An indulgent selection of traditional and modern combine to make this the perfect menu for couples, colleagues, families or simply anyone who loves celebrating Christmas. The three course menu is available for RMB348. Enjoy 2 hours of free flow for an additional RMB188. Book ahead to secure a seat.
Nov 14-Dec 24. See listing for The Bull and Claw here.
For a little bit of Yuletide cheer without going the whole hog (or should that be turkey?), hightail it down to Pie Society, where they’ve literally “put Christmas in a pie.” Their seasonal ‘Merry Berry’ pie (named after beloved Brit baking icon, Mary Berry) features turkey, bacon, and stuffing, and is topped with a dollop of Amelia’s cranberry jam. They also have a vegetarian version filled with chestnut, parsnip, cheddar cheese, spinach, and chickpeas, along with a Dad-approved Angus beef, Stilton, parsnip and carrot number, topped with port gravy. Oh, and did we mention they do delivery through Sherpas?
Pies from RMB50-60, from Dec 1-Jan 31. See listing for Pie Society.