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Get Stuffed This Christmas!

Dinner is great. Christmas is great. So Christmas dinner is quite possibly the greatest thing ever invented. One of the best things about Christmas dinner is the chance to eat “big bird” with all the trimmings without any guilt. What better way to enhance the flavour of a Christmas dinner bird than the right stuffing! We […]

Dreaming Of A Gatti’s Italian Christmas

Food is a huge part of Italian seasonal celebrations and so it should be! Christmas dinner is one of the best parts of the festive season.

From 21 November to 23 December Gatti’s puts on the glitz with its elegant yet relaxed atmosphere in its comfortable restaurant, bar and private room. The Who’s For Dinner team can definitely attest to Gatti’s being a wonderful place to dine and we know that Christmas will be no exception.  Each area can be booked for dining or drinking, with the main restaurant taking parties from four to 130, whilst the separate, upstairs bar is ideal for a Christmas spritz, a cocktail or a glass or wine from a well-chosen list for up to 40 people.

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Three tasty menus, devised by head chef Luciano Stoto, offer superb value and the best of festive Italy with a touch of Britain on a plate. They are all three courses starting at £33.50 and going up to £38.50 and £41.50 per person, depending on the choice. All skilfully cooked and stunningly presented, there are crowd-pleasing choices such as Mozzarella di Bufala con Verdure Grigliate – buffalo mozzarella, char-grilled seasonal vegetables and pesto oil, and gourmet dishes such as Breasola di Cinghiale – wild boar bresaola, forest mushroom bruschetta, truffle oil and rucola.  Be tempted by a main course of Faraona Natalizia – roasted guinea fowl with Prosecco sauce, or Medaglioni di Cervo – venison medallions in a pistachio and herb crust, vintage port and blackberry sauce. Keep it light with Branzino al Finocchio – pan fried seabass with roasted fennel, or go for the all-time favourite Bis di Paste – duo of pasta from the chef. You will also find a classic Filetto Di Manzo Scozzese –  Angus beef fillet, Barolo wine jus and pan fried potato dumplings – a dish that Gatti’s is rightly famous for.

There’s a classic dessert trolley which is too tempting to resist for rounding off your Christmas feast.

And if a Christmas set menu is not what you are looking for, go for the Carving Trolley, which will be serving Roast Norfolk Turkey with all the trimmings every day. On the a-la-carte menu you will find a classic Dover Sole, hearty pasta with the must-order dish Linguine All’Aragosta.

Gatti’s is at Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, Moorgate, London EC2Y 9AW  Tel:  0207 628 8375  citypoint@gattisrestaurant.co.uk   www.gattisrestaurant.co.uk

Inside The Degustabox Foodie Subscription Box

Written by Fadzai Mankola

This month’s Degustabox contained a great variety of products perfect for this time of year and also great for a quick snack or handy if you want to have a quick meal. Also a number of the products have significantly less sugar content than their counterparts which is a bonus.

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The real winner for me was the Levi Roots Smokey BBQ Coat and Cook Sauce. I’m normally not a fan of pre made sauces and prefer to make my own but this sauce was amazing! I literally poured it over some chicken and placed in the oven and the result was delicious. The picture and videos speak for themselves. They tasted even better than they looked.

Another great product in the box was the YUSHOI Snap Pea rice sticks, while everyone else in my office was snacking on crisps I had this guilt free snack. They satisfied my snack craving but I felt good eating them because they only have 91 calories and a low sugar content. They are great if you trying to be healthy.

Now on the opposite end of the spectrum is the Hershey’s Cookies n’ Cream KINGSIZE bar. I have always been skeptical of Hershey’s chocolate – my trips to America as a child made me come to the conclusion that Hershey’s chocolate was nowhere near as good as some of the brands we have in the UK. Now to say I was surprised by the taste of this white chocolate bar is an understatement. The white chocolate was not as sweet or sickly as expected and the cookies and cream flavour was delicious. Needless to say I ate the whole king-size bar in one sitting. I didn’t even feel guilty for eating the whole bar either it was worth it!

Another really great treat was the Pitch Choco Barre I found that it was best warmed up in the microwave for about 5 seconds just enough to melt the chocolate in the middle. What you then got was a delicious brioche with warm gooey chocolate. A word of warning though the chocolate is not the best but it works really well with the brioche.

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Now a disclaimer before I tell you about the following product the Maggie Fusian noodles. I haven’t actually had pot noodles for a long time. I think the last time was when I was hiking for my Duke of Edinburgh award in secondary school. So my memory of pot noodles is very faint. The preparation was very easy and what I liked was that the flavourings where packaged separately –the dried veggies, spices and infused oil all in three little packets. There is no denying that the Maggie Fusian noodles are an upgrade from the instant noodles I had on my camping trip all those years ago. The flavours are very aromatic and less artificial, however I will not be indulging in these again. I just prefer my noodles with fresh ingredients with none of that instant noodle after taste.

A great box once again from degustabox.

All Who’s For Dinner Readers receive a £7.00 discount, which means your first box will cost just £5.99! Use this discount code: GSVWL