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Is the hassle of Christmas dinner too much for you? Can't take the pressure of hosting all your orphaned friends trapped in Berlin for the holidays, let alone cooking for them? Either way, if you don't want to take on the monstrous task of Christmas dinner yourself, Exberliner presents five Christmas meals to save the season and save you a headache.
Photos by Bistro Bardot (Facebook), Herz und Niere, PublicDomainPictures (pixabay), Borchard, Lesendro
If you're the type to think not eating animals will land you on the nice side of Santa's list, try Bistro Bardot's 3- or 4-course vegetarian Adventsmenüs for groups of six or more (reasonably priced respectively at €29 and €34). Situated in The Almodóvar Hotel for an added luxury touch, enjoy either the "Happy Duck" (tofu duck) or their fake-fish "Lachs-Kreation" with the thought that you and your fellow veg-heads won't have to sit this one out.
Dec 25, 12-15:00, 18-23:00
If your ethical eating persuasions lean the other way, maybe you want to try Herz und Niere, where they don't just serve the choice cuts, but parts of the animals that would otherwise go to waste (think organs). Whether you're concerned about your Christmas carbon footprint or just out for an adventurous Heiligabend (Christmas Eve), try their 5-course .... at a not exactly cheap €99, but hell, you'll have the best story to tell.
Dec 24, 18:30
Only up for some of the hassle? If you're itching to host the merry affair but can't be bothered with the cooking, then let Christmas dinner come to you with the Jolesch-Enten-Taxi ("duck taxi"). The people at Jolesch deliver a Christmas duck for 4-6 people (€60) and for a few euros more they include sides of kale, red cabbage, potato knödel and baked apple and sauce (€89). Clean up is on you. To make sure you get your duck, orders must be emailed (email@example.com) and deadline is Monday, December 22.
Once the designated caterer of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Borchardt is a taste of high-class Berlin – at a reasonable price. And high-class extends to the holidays. Borchardt offers a 3-, 4- or 5-course Christmas menu at €60, €80 and €100 respectively with options to mix and match. A Dithmarsch goose, Atlantic cod or black cod await holiday hunger as main dishes, and the 5-course menu includes the intriguing mushroom cappucino. This is a Christmas of luxury.
Looking for something refreshingly traditional? Well, if a Balkan seafood restaurant is your idea of traditional, Lesendro serves up a tasty Montenegrin aquatic Christmas dinner. Enjoy your octopus carpaccio, muscles and wild-catch fish surrounded by fishnets, lifesavers and maps. The piano on-hand also offers up the opportunity to be whisked away by serene classical sounds as you feast for Christmas, pescetarian-style.