Halloween is over, Winter is officially here and the countdown to Christmas begins. The season brings with it much joy and anticipation, but also more than a few stressful moments. There’s presents to be bought, dinners to be cooked and many a party begging for your attendance. Whatever your plans this year, make sure to plan some much deserved time off and let someone else take over from the cooking duties!
Whether you’re eating out this Christmas or looking for some seasonal dining treats for a day out with your friends or family, Perth city centre has a sumptuous array of food and drink on offer at its top selection of restaurants. Find something that caters to your tastes, be they a craving for some traditional festive fare or something off the beaten track.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Christmas dining options in the city this year. Make sure to book ahead as demand will undoubtedly be high and tables will fill up quickly.
North Port Restaurant.
(8 North Port, Perth, PH1 5LU – 01738 580 867).
Festive Lunch: 2 courses: £17.95. 3 courses: £20.95.
Festive Dinner.: 2 courses: £22.95. 3 courses: £25.95.
Located literally a few steps from Perth Concert Hall, the North Port is ideal for those looking for a delicious, convenient dining option after a night at the theatre. Their festive lunch and dinner options offer two or three courses, with their much celebrated selection of top quality Scottish produce prepared for a Christmas feast with a difference: Dishes include Black Isle beef cheek with white bean and roast onion puree, poached pear salad with Strathdon blue cheese mousse, and good old Scottish favourite cloutie dumpling. Check out the website for full booking and menu details.
Grand Italia Restaurant.
(33 George Street, Perth, PH1 5LA – 01738 626 016).
Festive Lunch: 2 courses: £16.95, 3 courses: £20.95.
Festive Dinner: 2 courses: £20.95, 3 courses: £25.95.
This family run establishment prides itself on authentic Italian food in a traditional, comfortable atmosphere, close to the city centre and Concert Hall, making it ideal for festive nights out. The festive menus include a selection of soups, meats, fish, rice and pastas, with an exquisite spectrum of flavours and textures: Pan fried veal in a medley of mushrooms with cream and marsala; penne pasta in tomato sauce with vodka and salmon; sea bass fillet in olive oil and a bouquet of vegetables. This year, their Christmas menu is available from the 1st to the 24th December. For parties over 8 people, pre-ordering is strongly recommended and a deposit of £10 per person must be made. Check out their website for a full menu and booking form.
(33 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EN – 01738 449 792).
Festive Lunch: £23.95 per person.
Festive Dinner: £29.95 per person.
Christmas Day: £59.95 per person.
The Bothy remains one of the most beloved restaurants in Perth, and their Christmas menu highlights everything they’re great at. On top of their delicious 3 course menu that works with the best traditional elements of Christmas dinner, their menu for the day itself: hosts a decadent selection of dishes: The roast turkey special with all your favourite trimmings; wild mushroom and artichoke strudel; grilled fillet of turbot with a clam, mussel and new potato chowder; and mulled pears in Roquefort dressing. If you’re organising a festive party or work night out for 6 or more people, book from Sunday to Wednesday from the festive menu and get a free half bottle of wine per person! Check out their website and book now to avoid disappointment.
(38 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PG – 01738 248 784).
Festive Menu 2 courses: £19.95, 3 courses: £24.95.
Take a trip across the channel for some Parisian fare this Christmas at Pig’Halle, located on South Street next door to the Salutation Hotel. This informal bistro style eatery mixes Scottish produce with French recipes, and nowhere is that more evident than in their festive menu: Venison haunch steak in juniper berries Madeira sauce; fresh seafood pot at Feu with crostini and saffron and garlic mayonnaise; pigeon breast on a bed of butternut squash puree. The Christmas menu is available from the 5th to the 24th of December. Booking is recommended so visit the website for more details as well as the full menu.
Deans @ Lets Eat.
(77 – 79 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5EZ – 01738 643 377).
Festive Lunch: 2 courses: £19.95, 3 courses: £24.95.
Festive Dinner: 2 courses: £26.95, 3 courses: £34.50.
Christmas Day: £75.
The team at Dean’s, who have been providing the city of Perth with incredible dining for over a decade, are ready for the festive season. Their cosy atmosphere, with the open fire and wonderful selection of drinks, is perfect for couples or larger groups like work outings. They can cater for larger parties and offer exclusive use packages on certain dates throughout the month of December if booked early. Their 4 course champagne Christmas day menu is a delight for the senses, with the best local produce prepared for a host of beloved festive dishes. Deans have the most diverse choice of menus available for all occasions so check them all out on their website and find the one that’s right for you and your group.
Tabla Indian Restaurant.
(173 South Street, Perth, PH2 8NY – 01738 444 630).
2 course festive lunch: £11.95.
3 course party dinner from £14.95.
Indian food isn’t just for Saturday nights! Tabla’s authentic South Indian cuisine brings locals and visitors to Perth in droves, and this festive season you can indulge with their lunch and dinner menus. A £5 deposit per person is required to secure your booking. Check out the website for more details.
(4 St John’s Place, Perth, PH1 5SZ – 01738 446 698).
1 course: £15.90, 2 courses: £19.90, 3 courses: £23.90.
In a short space of time, the husband and wife team and Cafe Tabou have built up a dedicated base of local customers as well as national critical acclaim with their French cuisine. This Christmas, their festive menu is available in December and combines the best of both worlds – traditional Christmas dishes and favourite French fare: Fried paprika coated halloumi served with hummus rocket salad and roast peppers; a seafood medley with potato gnocchi; venison escalope pan fried with braised red cabbage and blackberry jus; roast turkey ballotine with a haggis force wrapped in pancetta served with chateau potatoes. Check out their website for a full menu and booking form: A £10 non-refundable deposit per person is required upon booking.
(24 – 26 Atholl Street, Perth, PH1 5NP – 01738 447 878).
2 courses: £18.95, 3 courses: £21.95.
Add some spice to your Christmas dining with the traditional Mexican and Cajun dishes on offer at The Mexican. This makes for a great informal festive night out for big work groups or friends. The Festive Menu includes favourite dishes such as fajitas, available with a variety of fillings such as chicken. chorizo, steak and shrimp, as well as more unusual choices – grilled swordfish loin on jambalaya rice; serrano ham wrapped in goat’s cheese topped with salsa; coconut shrimp with sweet jalapeno jelly. A £10 deposit is required upon booking from each diner. Check out the full menu for a booking form.
(1 Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ – 01738 451 888).
Lunch with 3 courses: £24.95, Dinner with 3 courses: £29.95.
Kisa’s has only been in business in Perth for a year but in that short time it’s already established a reputation as a top location for a sit-down lunch or drinks with friends. This Christmas, they’re ready for all parties and tastes, be they a family grabbing a bite to eat before the panto next door at the Concert Hall or a work night out with drinks to spare. Both lunch and dinner options include mouthwatering dishes such as spiced root vegetable Wellington on curried coconut and mango puree, poached Scottish salmon fillet with a prawn and smoked salmon champagne sauce, and wild berry pavlova with vanilla ice cream. The festive menu is available from the 1st to the 23rd of December. Due to the business of the Christmas season, it is advised that one calls for bookings between noon and 2pm or between 6pm and 8pm. Check out their website for full details.
Brown & Blacks.
(1 St John’s Place, Perth, PH1 5SZ – 01738 444 987).
Lunch Menu: 2 courses (including coffee): £19.95, 3 courses (including coffee): £24.95.
Dinner Menu: 2 courses: £24.95, 3 courses: £29.95.
On the corner of Perth’s Cafe Square, Brown and Blacks welcomes all for lunches, dinners and drinks, mixing luxury quality food and a relaxed atmosphere. The festive lunch option includes coffee after your meal. Enjoy off the beaten track treats such as sloe gin cured salmon with beetroot chutney, butternut squash and sweet potato lasagne with five spice dusted potatoes, and cranberry and apple stuffed turkey olive with festive trimmings. Check out the menu for full details.
Sante Wine Bar & Restaurant.
(10 St. John’s Place, Perth, PH1 5SU – 01738 449 710).
3 courses: £30.
For the past 7 years, Sante has been bring the casual dining delights of Spanish tapas to Perth, with a hint of French flair. Tapas makes for a brilliant group night out meal, with the option to pass around dishes and pick and choose to your heart’s content. The three course Christmas dining menu is a more set affair, yet the choices are no less delectable: Cured sea trout with gravdalax dressing; monkfish, king prawns and gruyere cheese gratin with sweet potato chips; turkey filled with apricot, plum, raisins and pork stuffing; and rum and raisin bread and cutter pudding with cream Anglaise. Coffee is included after the meal. Check out the website for a full menu.
(2 Leonard’s Bank, PH2 8EB – 01738 622451).
The Parklands is a food lover’s delight. They pride ourselves on the quality of the food and service available in their two restaurants and bring you the very best in 2 AA Rosette and Eat Scotland standards.
No. 1 The Bank won the Best Bistro Award from the Scottish Hotel Awards in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The hotel offers a selection of festive menus over the Christmas Period. They can also personalise menus to your own requirements.
Please contact them on 01738 622451 for further details.
63 Tay Street
(63 Tay Street, PH2 8NN – 01738 441451).
63 Tay Street has been an award winning restaurant for many years, recognised for the exceptional food, wine list and the hard working team. Graeme Pallister was crowned Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Awards 2013 and continues to impress with his outstanding food and use of fresh, local ingredients. Graeme works to his guiding principles of LOCAL – HONEST – SIMPLE and the result is so delicious you have to try it out! 63 Tay Street restaurant is a food lover’s delight. They pride themselves on the quality of the food and outstanding service, expect to taste the very best in the Scottish Larder. Please contact them on 01738 441451 to book. thttp://www.63taystreet.com/xmas16.php