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Luxury hotels can broil your holiday bird

You can have Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, complete with trimmings, catered by one of Budapest’s five-stars, or go to the hotels for a festive meal.

The Kempinski Hotelʼs holiday offerings.

If you are in Budapest over the holiday season, either on Thanksgiving or Christmas and out of sync with local customs, you will find comfort in the familiar through the gourmet turkey delivery service offered by some of the city’s top five-star hotels. If you don’t mind going out for dinner, many of the four- and five-star hotels in the city are also planning a Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner celebration. The following is a roundup of some of the best local offerings.

If you prefer to dine at home but don’t have time to slave away in the kitchen, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest will produce and deliver a Christmas dinner that serves six and includes a roasted turkey with herb stuffing, a selection of vegetables including sweet potatoes, as well as cranberry sauce, gravy and pumpkin pie. The cost for this six-person feast is HUF 50,000 including delivery charge to a central Budapest address. The service is available from November 27 to January 1.

The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest also has table-ready turkey and goose delivery from November 11 to December 26. The meal serves four to six people and comes with garnishes, a pumpkin cheesecake and a bottle of wine for HUF 34,900 including delivery.

Another reliable option is the InterContinental Budapest, which delivers birds between November 25 and December 31, large enough to serve four to six people (HUF 38,700) and includes sufficient sides for four persons. The menu features stuffing, braised cabbage and other vegetables, cranberry sauce and a festive pie of your choice, as well as a bottle of wine with a few options to choose from. The InterContinental also has a Christmas Package that is a variation on traditional fare, with such dishes as Hungarian fish soup, potato salad, stuffed cabbage and a walnut Christmas roll. This meal will come to your door between December 1-31 and costs HUF 11,400 for two people up to HUF 53,000 for ten people.

Dine in style

The Four Seasons is also hosting a five-course dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (both HUF 33,000 with wine pairing) as well as a buffet brunch on Christmas Day (from HUF 18,000 for adults and HUF 9,000 for children aged 6-14), all at its new restaurant Kollázs Brasserie & Bar. Offerings include foie gras tart with quince, lamb stuffed cabbage and bûche de Noël. The Kempinski Hotel will host an Advent lunch buffet every Sunday leading up to Christmas from November 29. Cost per adult is HUF 9,500, half price for children under 12 and free for children under six. Also at the Kempinski, the Christmas Eve dinner features Hungarian classics such as paprika scented fish soup, scallops, goose with red cabbage and venison tenderloin. The five-course menu costs HUF 24,600. The latest addition to Budapest’s collection of five-star hotels, Aria, will also present a Christmas menu on December 24 and 25, with four and five courses respectively, starting from €52 per person. Traditional dishes such as foie gras terrine, catfish soup, and rosé duck breast will be served in addition to more adventurous creations such as fennel cream with beetroot salt and Grand Marnier chocolate soup with gingerbread and licorice ice cream.

Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Eve celebrations are also a hot ticket at the Four Seasons, with celebrations getting underway from 7 p.m. featuring a champagne reception, followed by an exquisite six-course dinner for HUF 80,000 or HUF 103,000 with wine pairing. The Kempinski’s ÉS Bisztró kicks off its celebration at 5 p.m. with a few menu options from three to four courses starting at HUF 28,500. Also on the premises, Japanese fusion restaurant Nobu will host its own New Year’s Eve celebration. The Aria hotel’s New Year’s Eve Gala menu features a seven-course meal with wine pairings and a midnight buffet for €275 per person.