Warm Up at Christmas with Vanilla

A photo of the door at Vanilla Lounge, decorated for Christmas.

With less than a month to go until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to do and where to eat on that special day. In Turkish culture, Christmas is almost always combined with New Year and observed on the 31st, so if you want to celebrate on the 24th and 25th, often your best (or even only) bet is to plan a meal at home and invite everyone over. If, like me, you’re not the cooking type, then a meal out at your favourite restaurant can suffice, but given that it won’t be an actual Christmas dinner, it doesn’t really feel the same.

A photo of the main dining room at Vanilla.

This year you can have a real Christmas dinner without having to make it yourself.

Luckily, this year you have another option. A proper option, and by that I mean a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, served in the cosy atmosphere of Vanilla in Kaleiçi. Wayne has prepared a special menu for the occasion, and it’s really something to get excited about.

Christmas 2014 Menu

Glass of Mulled Wine


  • Leek and Potato Soup, White Truffle Oil, Rosemary and Onion Bread
  • Chicken Liver Parfait, Toast, and Red Onion Chutney

Main Courses:

  • Roast Beef
  • Turkey Breast wrapped in Smoked Pancetta
    (Either of the above served with Roast Potatoes, Braised Carrots, Buttered Sprouts, Spiced Red Cabbage, Chestnut Sage and Onion Stuffing, and Cranberry Jam)
  • Risotto of Roasted Chestnuts, Spring Onions, Mascarpone and Sage


  • Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
  • Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cheese and Biscuits

Mince Pies and Tea or Coffee

125 per person.

A photo of two mince pies on a plate at Christmas.

This is the first time since 2008 that Vanilla have offered Christmas dinner, so it’s a very special occasion indeed. Wayne’s menus are consistently mindblowing in both concept and implementation, and the atmosphere in the newly-redesigned dining room speaks for itself.

A photo of the roaring fireplace at Vanilla Lounge.

Get yourself a table by the fire, or sit on the heated terrace.

Christmas dinner will be served on 25 December from noon onward by reservation only. You can book by ringing Vanilla on (242) 247 60 13 or request a table online.

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