Sheahan Arnott | November 2023 | Food & Drink
Each and every year we see more and more festive favourites get reimagined in a variety of weird and wonderful ways to tantalise our tastebuds. But there are only so many meals between now and Christmas, so you really don't want to waste one of them trying out a - I don't know - turkey, brie and cranberry cheesecake, for arguments' sake.
So we've done the hard work and gathered 6 of the best Christmas treats you can try on your next visit to Westfield Stratford City...
I am prepared to die on the hill that the best part about Christmas is stuffing two bits of bread with as many leftovers as you can on Boxing Day. The cooking is done, everyone has gone home and you’re free to roll into the kitchen in your PJs and construct a sandwich you may need to unhinge your jaw to eat.
But why wait for The Feast of Stephen to fill your tum with a stack of turkeylicious goodness when you can head to Brick Lane Bagel Co. and pick up The Festive One right now. It’s layers of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and – if you’re not worried about making the naughty list – gravy. Oh, and they’ll also throw some pigs in blankets on that bad boy too! Tell ‘em we sent ya!
Find Brick Lane Bagel Co. in The Great Eastern Market.
For many people (i.e. me) the first Greggs Festive Bake of the year marks the true start of the festive season, but the nation’s favourite bakery has upped their game this year with two new additions to their festive menu.
The Spicy Veg Curry Bake adds some punch to the classic Greggs repertoire, but it’s their Orange Hot Chocolate you need to hurry in and try! Chocolate, orange, and Christmas go together like mulling spices, warm red wine and 2pm, so you won’t want to miss this re-imagined classic!
Find Greggs on the Lower Ground Floor, near M&S.
Did you know that nearly 4 million buckets of fried chicken are eaten each year at Christmas in Japan? Yo! knows, and that’s why they’ve brought back their ever-popular JFC again this year (with a meat-free version for our vegetarian and vegan friends too!)
But if you want to play fast and loose with the definition of sushi then you simply must treat yourself to their Piggies in Blankets roll. They’re pork and onion stuffing sushi rolls with a cranberry teriyaki sauce, wrapped in seared parma ham, and topped with wasabi mayo, fresh chilli and spring onion. Oh, and just because, they’re also sprayed with edible gold glitter – they’re as delicious as they are weird!
Find Yo! in our World Food Court on Level 1
A white Christmas that’s not like the ones you used to know, but will have you dreaming of it anyway? Absurd! And confusingly phrased! But all will become clear when you chomp into any of Shake Shack’s limited-time white truffle range.
The White Truffle Burger will blow your mind, but it’s the White Truffle ‘Shroom Burger that’s the real star of this umami nativity play. Mushrooms have never tasted so decadent (or mushroomy)!
Find Shake Shack outside on The Street, near TK Maxx
If you’re more into spice than sugar then you won’t want to miss the turkey enchilada from Las Iguanas. Festive favourites turkey and cranberry sauce find themselves face-to-face with a smoky chipotle sauce and refried beans in the best Christmas collab since Bing Crosby and David Bowie did that weird version of The Little Drummer Boy where they did the skit at the start and pretended not to be mates.
And with great value 2- and 3-course feasting set menus, as well as their famous bottomless brunches, Las Iguanas is the ideal spot to celebrate the season.
Find Las Iguanas on Level 2 above the World Food Court
You might turn your nose up at a Christmassy ice cream, but why are you gatekeeping Christmas and ice cream when Santa Claus is literally on his way to town? And maybe you’ll feel differently when you find out the Busabocker Glory is an ice cream sundae made of mango sorbet, and banana and coconut ice cream topped with coconut cream? The ideal fresh end to a festive meal!
And if you’re still going to be the frozen dessert Grinch, you can enjoy their banana and peanut sticky toffee pudding which is – frankly – more than your Grinchiness warrants.
Find Busaba outside in Chestnut Plaza.