Festive Feasting

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This article originally appeared in our 2021 Wish Book! Find great gifts, delicious local flavours, and magical holiday moments to enjoy all season long.

TRADITIONAL FAVOURITES

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
All December long, enjoy a festive lunch buffet in the Harvest Room, or, for an old-fashioned spin on your luncheon, take part in the Dickens Lunch Buffet, a 19th-century English menu served in the Confederation Lounge. On Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, take part in a sumptuous, multi-course Table d’Hôte dinner, featuring choice cuts of Alberta beef, wild game, and OceanWise seafood. You can also take part in a Christmas Brunch or Christmas buffet dinner. 10065–100 St., 780-424-5181. fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton

La Ronde
Enjoy a holiday meal with unparalleled views at La Ronde, Edmonton’s only revolving restaurant! From the 24th floor of the Chateau Lacombe Hotel, look out over the River Valley and downtown Edmonton while you and your family enjoy a Christmas Day prix fixe dinner. The menu includes delicious entree options like Alberta free-range turkey, baked arctic char, and quinoa-amaranth risotto. A children’s menu is also available. 10111 Bellamy Hill, 780-420-8366. chateaulacombe.com

L2 Grill
Treat the family to a delicious five-course, chef-prepared holiday meal, all in an upscale yet intimate setting within the Fantasyland Hotel. The menu is different every year, so prepare to enjoy something deliciously unexpected with a holiday twist! Past courses have included turkey roulade and grilled swordfish, along with plenty of mouthwatering holiday desserts. Be sure to call to reserve your spot for dining on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. West Edmonton Mall, Floor 2, 8882 170 St., 780-444-5538. flh.ca/dining/l2-grill

Riverside Bistro
Each of Riverside Bistro’s three heated igloo domes seats six for an intimate and fun dining experience. Be sure to dine after dark to enjoy the igloos’ bright, colourful light displays, warding off the long winter nights. The menu features vegetarian options as well as kids’ meals. Reservations begin in November; igloos must be booked by calling Riverside Bistro directly, as they cannot be reserved online. Thornton Court, 99 St. & Jasper Ave., 780-945-4747. bit.ly/MarriottRiversideBistro

SPICE IT UP

Monsoon Bistro & Bar
Monsoon serves up elevated versions of classic Indian dishes such as butter chicken, biryani, and dal, along with unexpected twists like tandoori tacos. Pair your meal with a unique cocktail like the Bollywood, featuring strawberry gin, passionfruit juice, lime juice, and ginger beer, or with a glass from their extensive wine and beer menu. Monsoon is open for dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, perfect for starting a new holiday tradition. 4485 Gateway Blvd., 587-882-6130. monsoonbistro.ca

Mikado
Mikado is one of Edmonton’s premier destinations for sushi, with fish flown in weekly from Japan, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and California. There’s something for everyone to enjoy: their lunch and dinner menus include a wide selection of sushi and sashimi, along with grilled beef, chicken and seafood. Gluten-free options are also available. Mikado’s numerous locations are open most days, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Various locations. mikadorestaurant.com

A Cappella Catering
Still want a home-cooked feast without all of the prep? A Cappella Catering offers a holiday Take & Bake package, which includes salad, turkey, whipped potato puree, stuffing, and roast vegetables. You can also spice up your own home favourites with additional à la carte sides like cauliflower au gratin, cabbage rolls, and holiday desserts. 12105–120 Ave., 780-454-2642. acappella.ab.ca

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