We all know Christmas in London is seldom a white one, so this year make it Magenta. Welcome the yuletide spirit with an imaginative Northern Italian-inspired festive set menu at Magenta restaurant in the heart of Kings Cross.
Treat your loved ones on Christmas Day itself with an eight-course menu created by Executive Head Chef Manuele Bazzoni. Priced at £110 per person, the celebratory meal begins with a selection of the chef’s favourite snacks served with their signature charcoal bread, followed by 50-day aged beef tartare with cured yolk and smoked bone marrow; hand dived Devon scallops with cep mushrooms and lardo; a decadent lobster ravioli with bisque and preserved tomato. For the piece de resistance, guests can choose between a venison wellington with red cabbage compote and orange-scented jus or seared halibut, Jerusalem artichoke, and clementine butter sauce.
No Christmas is complete without sweet treats, here served as an edible Christmas bauble, with pear, tonka cream, and Champagne jelly pretty enough to hang on the tree. If you still have space, enjoy some festive petit fours before heading downstairs to Hokus Pokus, a late-night apothecary style bar with creative concoctions, a perfect way to warm your cockles before walking out into the crisp London air.
For those staying home on the big day but still wanting to get into the festive celebrations beforehand, try Magenta’s festive à la carte menu, available throughout December. Choose from a selection of dishes such as dressed Dorset crab, apple gel and dill mayo; potato and fontina cheese pansotti with truffle and cured yolk; and venison loin in ’crosta’ with quince purée and cime di rapa.
Ring in the New Year with their five-course NYE menu at £120 per person, including exquisite dishes with the like of scallop ravioli; beef fillet ‘battuta’ with Oscietra caviar; and wild seabass with lobster ragù. Want a more intimate setting? Book The Mauve Private Carriage, a fantastical steampunk dining-carriage-style private dining room, that seats 12, a nod to yesteryear Kings' Cross.
Forget about the snow and have yourself a merry Magenta Christmas and a Happy New Year!
23, Euston Road
King’s Cross, St Pancras
London NW1 2SD
Tel: 020 3146 0222
bookings at www.magentarestaurant.co.uk