We started off dreaming big - grand plans to roast a whole turkey (after discovering that we had purchased a turkey crown and not an entire turkey last year) and much talk about hitting the supermarkets to load up on the Christmas goodies. Ah yes, such dreamers we were. The reality of studying for exams started setting in a few days before Christmas and we realised that perhaps spending the day in the kitchen whipping up Christmas Eve dinner wasn't such a good idea afterall. Some web-browsing and a few phonecalls later, we ended up with a dinner reservation at Frankie & Benny's, one of the cheaper options available for Christmas Eve.
Frankie & Benny's, Surrey Quays
The Mast Leisure Park
Surrey Quays Road London
Frankie & Benny's was running a special Christmas Menu with three courses for GBP 17.95. With everything pre-ordered, we were looking forward to spending an evening away from the books.
BBQ Chilli Wings; Onion and Cider Soup;
To kick off the night, I opted to start with the onion and cider soup - creamy, hearty, slightly tangy and extremely satisfying. Some other appetisers that made an appearance that night were the chicken and sage pate and breaded camembert.
The most popular picks for the main course - Frankie's Festive Turkey Dinner; Slow-roasted Short Rib; Salmon Fishcakes
White Chocolate Brownie Trifle; Sticky Toffee Pancakes
I have to admit, I was feeling pretty stuffed after the main course but you know what they say about dessert - there's always, always room for it. I loved every sweet, sticky, crunchy spoonful of my pancakes and by the looks of it, the brownie trifle was quite a hit as well.
A human cracker-pulling chain, far too much food, good company, plenty of story-swapping and no cleaning up after - just the Christmas Eve that we needed. I suppose sometimes it's best to leave it to the professionals.
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.