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Ditch that diet - It's Christmas!

http://www.chinese.cn 08:02, December 25, 2009 China.com.cn

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Christmas Turkey
Christmas Turkey

From traditional Christmas goose and turkey to roast beef and lamb, from gourmet wine pairings to hearty fare, you can eat your fill this season as restaurants put on their best holiday spreads.

Christmas is just around the corner, and it's time to ditch that diet for the time-honored tradition of holiday overeating.

Shanghai's Western restaurants are lining up to tempt you with rich food, sweet treats and good wine. There are delectable spreads for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch.

It's a time when you may crave the traditional and familiar, the turkey and mince pies ?? and plenty of restaurants in Shanghai cater to this, while others add a modern twist. For an intimate meal with friends and family, track down small restaurants full of character.

Here's our pick of some of the best to suit different budgets.

Stiller's Restaurant & Cooking School

In the little-known Cool Docks complex, Stiller's Restaurant is a well-executed project by a husband and wife team. Owner/veteran chef Stef Stiller's Michelin-star credentials is reason enough to visit. But if you need another, the location, a kind of Xintiandi-esque redevelopment of old docks, gives the restaurant stunning views across the Huangpu River.

The food is modern European with a splash of German, reflecting the owner's Germanic roots. The Christmas menu has modern touches with inventive variations on traditional Christmas themes. The star of the show is the oven roast goose with apple-spice-jus and caramelized chestnuts for the main course.

For dessert there's the tempting Lebkuchen Parfait made of a cool, ice cream version of the warm German mulled wine, Gluehwein with rum-marinated red fruits.

Traditional turkey and beef main courses are also on the menu, plus Stiller's famed foie gras for starters, plus fine dining favorites salmon and veal tenderloin with black truffle marinade.

The restaurant occupies one floor out of four owned by Stiller's, the others are a deli, lounge bar and cooking school. For celebrations with a twist, the cooking school also offers end-of-year parties.

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