Christmas for Shanghai expats often means chomping a turkey melt at Subway while listening to a Chinese Perry Como cover band butcher “Home for the Holidays.” Not this year, however, for we’re bringing you the best Christmas dinner deals to restore that long-lost yuletide warmth.
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party @ Boxing Cat: Even though we hated them at the time, we now reflect fondly on those childhood Christmas sweaters that were so heinous they had to crop us out of the family Christmas card. On December 24th, Boxing Cat Sinan Mansions reminisces by holding a contest to see who has the most Christmas-photo-shatteringly ugly sweater. The winner will receive a prize! There’ll also be a holiday buffet with smoke-roasted beef brisket, gratin of broccoli and cauliflower, roast garlic mashed potatoes, smoke roasted beef brisket, chocolate yule log and free-flow drinks. Reserve at [email protected].
250RMB (100RMB) // 6-10pm // Boxing Cat Sinan Mansions // Sinan Mansions, Unit 26A, 519 Fuxing Zhong Lu, near Sinan Lu (思南公馆, 复兴中路519号26A, 近思南路).
Four Seasons: Those looking for a Kodak Christmas should head up the Christmas Eve buffet at the Four Seasons on December 24th. Festive eats include roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and sweets. A raffle and a giant traditional Christmas tree will ensure you have a Christmas “just like the ones you used to know.”
688RMB // 6-10pm // Four Seasons Hotel // 500 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu (上海四季洒店, 威海路500号, 近石门一路).
Xindalu Kitchen: Who said the “roast beast” has to be ham or turkey? Xindalu Kitchen is offering a special set menu with their famous Peking duck, deep-fried king prawn, wagyu beef and more Chinese Christmas treats.
498RMB (288RMB for children 6-12) // 5:30-10pm // Xindalu Kitchen // 1/F, Hyatt on the Bund, 199 Huangpu Lu (黄浦路199号上海外滩茂悦大酒店1楼).
Jade on 36: Enjoy a Parisian Joyeux Noel at Jade on 36 on December 24th. Eats entail Le Tourteau de Bretagne Crabmeat and custard, organic chicken with black truffle L’Oursin d’Hokkaido Mussels, “Piémontaise” gnocchi, Chevreuil Duck foie gras and pigeon pie, and one champagne cocktail. Email [email protected] to reserve.1,488RMB // 6pm-11:30pm // Jade on 36 // Pudong Shangri-La, 36/F, Grand Tower, 33 Fu Cheng Lu, near Lujiazui Xi Lu (浦东香格里拉酒店, 富城路33号, 近陆家嘴西路).
Mr & Mrs Bund: From December 24-31st, Mr & Mrs Bund features four festive set menus with Paul Pairet’s masterpieces from prawn in a jar to “long” short rib, to black cod in a bag. Reservations essential so call (0)21-6323-9898 to book at table.
888RMB-3088RMB // 6pm-late // Mr & Mrs Bund // Bund 18, 6/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu (中山东一路18号6楼, 近南京东路).
Madison: If you think there’s no place like home for the holidays, then having your holiday feast delivered from Madison is the way to go. For 1,000RMB you get Austin Hu’s special roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce delivered to your door. Pay 688 more to add on seven sides and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Offer runs from now until the end of the month.
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].