Fancy all the delicious meat, gravy and vegetables of a restaurant while sitting at home in your new Christmas onesies? Takeaway turkey from top Bahrain restaurants is an insanely good option you really should consider for Christmas dinner this year. All you need to worry about is the washing up. Oh, and buying crackers to pull.
There are a few takeaway packages here, starting with a basic five- to-six kilogram bird with roast potatoes and steamed vegetables. Upgrade to the gastronomy package for a chestnut and pistachio stuffing, bread sauce and a colourful array of winter vegetables.
BD36. Block 338, Adliya (17 005 705).
The Diplomat Radisson Blu
Giant parties are the specialty for this takeaway service. You can order roast turkey for ten to 15 guests with an entire cavalcade of trimmings. Roasted farm animals of various sizes are also on the menu, as is panettone direct from Italy and boxes of sweets of varying sizes. You can even get your gingerbread house kit here.
From BD15++. Diplomat Radisson Blu, Diplomatic Area (39 945 208).
Turkey is a stalwart option, but you can also choose from beef and lamb, as well as Scottish salmon, mince pies, Christmas pudding or Yule log from Downtown Rotana’s menu. Expect all the usual trimmings for a complete festive feast. Stop in at the giant gingerbread house in the hotel’s lobby to discover all the options.
From BD4.2+ per kilogram for 5-8kg. Downtown Rotana, Manama (33 605 070).
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
It is quite impossible for us to read the words cranberry chutney without getting a little shiver of hungry anticipation. And the same goes for the chestnut stuffing, fruit cake, homemade chocolate truffle, beef and turkey that is being served and shipped to your house by the Four Seasons’ pop-up festive shop.
From BD80++ for turkey dinner. Four Seasons Bahrain Bay (17 115 000).
This festive platter, complete with turkey and trimmings, is sized for eight people and the best thing about it is you don’t have to cook a single thing. Just sit around telling jokes and admiring each other’s new Christmas socks.
BD80++ per turkey (serves eight people). Until December 25. The Westin Bahrain City Centre, Seef (17 171 441).
You might fancy yourself as a bit of a kitchen superstar, but are your sage-butter vegetables and glazed carrots really that good? We didn’t think so. Let the Sheraton chefs obliterate your festive cooking woes with a full traditional turkey meal and all the trimmings. You can order it online, but just make sure you give them at least 24 hours’ notice.
BD65 for 7-8kg. Sheraton Bahrain, Palace Avenue, www.sheratonbahrain.com (17 533 533).
The Ritz-Carlton Gourmet Lounge
This is a great option for massive parties at home. As well as a traditionally prepared bird, with all the trimmings, you can order hampers, cakes, cookies and goodies for dinner parties or just edible gifts from The Ritz-Carlton’s Gourmet Shop. Orders need to be placed at least 72 hours in advance for this kind of feast.
BD135 (serves 18-20 people). The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef (17 580 000).