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Luzern Xmas Food

We're moving to Luzern in 2 weeks and have a family member visiting for Xmas. We we're thinking of booking up somewhere to eat or something as we're unsure we'll have time to fully sort out our own xmas. Any thoughts on where is nice to go for good xmas dinner in Luzern, somewhere nice? Are places even open and pubs etc?!!

Second to that, any ideas where we should buy a good turkey, if indeed we do manage to find time?

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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Short answer is no, I doubt many places, if any, will be open on Christmas Day. All I can suggest is if you see a restaurant you like, you go in and ask if they will be open or not.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Restaurants attached to hotels will probably be open. Hermitage is taking reservations for dinner on the 25th as is Montana.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Sorry to sound confused but i've googled and found many restaurants in hotels open however I cannot understand that all the menus consists of everything....everything but turkey, this seems weird to me. Any ideas if there a hotel which actually does a turkey xmas dinner, or is the only way to have turkey i all of Switzerland, to cook it yourself?! - Luzern ideally, we'll drive if we have to!!
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Sorry to sound confused but i've googled and found many restaurants in hotels open however I cannot understand that all the menus consists of everything....everything but turkey, this seems weird to me. Any ideas if there a hotel which actually does a turkey xmas dinner, or is the only way to have turkey i all of Switzerland, to cook it yourself?! - Luzern ideally, we'll drive if we have to!!
Have you considered that people don't celebrate Christmas in the same way in every country in the world?

Turkey's not the done thing here. Christmas eve is the big meal here and it's not Turkey.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

The best bet you have for a British style xmas lunch in Luzern will be the Pickwick pub. It's also a hotel so might be serving a lunch on the 25th
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Christmas eve is the big meal here and it's not Turkey.
Indeed, in Italy they do capons. Boiled.

Here, it's fondue chinoise!

Of course, there was the time that my sisters and their families came for Christmas (from the US), and my wife decided to impress them with foal filet cooked very rare!

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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

I'm just trying to do something nice for my Mrs over xmas as she will be heavily pregnant. Her family isn't around as she's from South America.

I've lived abroad in many countries and I had found it common to be able to find at least one restaurant that does turkey, even if it isn't the national dish.

Put it this way, is there anywhere in Switzerland I can get a thanksgiving style meal with or without turkey?! I

If not it's not a huge deal, will just cook instead
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Put it this way, is there anywhere in Switzerland I can get a thanksgiving style meal with or without turkey?!
In short, no.

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Put it this way, is there anywhere in Switzerland I can get a thanksgiving style meal with or without turkey?! I
You may get lucky in a hotel, a pub. Better start preparing to cook (and google where you can find a turkey)
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Thanks Tom appreciate it. Will buy a turkey then! Or at least try to!
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

The two times in 30 years that I dared diverge from the traditional chinoise/bourguignonne (we do both, one pot of broth, one of oil), were BIG mistakes!

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Thanks Tom appreciate it. Will buy a turkey then! Or at least try to!
Easy enough. Migros have them frozen at the moment, picked mine up the other day. They do fresh ones nearer to Christmas, but I think you need to pre-order them so visit the local butcher's counter in your local Migros to see if you can do that if you want a fresh one.

Just to give you warning though - our frozen 2.8k (just over 6lb) turkey cost CHF39. Fresh ones will be even more expensive.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Before I moved to Switzerland, I spent a Christmas with my then fiancee in a tiny village up in the mountains. We stayed in an odd little hippy hotel where each room had a theme: "Africa" or "Turkey" or "Peru"... I'm sure you can imagine the kind of thing.

Anyway, it was my first ever Christmas away from my family, and much as I loved the mountains, snow and Toblerones, I was feeling a bit homesick. Imagine my surprise when Christmas dinner, cooked specially for me, was a chicken with brussels sprouts and roast potatoes. "Sorry," the proprietor earnestly apologised. "We wanted to get you a turkey, but couldn't find one - I hope this will be an acceptable substitute for you?"

I almost cried with gratitude.

So yeah, unfortunately there isn't much chance of getting a proper Christmas dinner the way normal people do one, but never give up hope. Even chicken can scratch that itch if served with love...
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Just to give you warning though - our frozen 2.8k (just over 6lb) turkey cost CHF39. Fresh ones will be even more expensive.
Also, measure your oven before you buy it.

This is Switzerland.
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Thanks Tom appreciate it. Will buy a turkey then! Or at least try to!
Coop usually have a few fresh free-range ones just before Christmas - they're much nicer than the Migros ones (IMO).
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Great thanks so much!
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Also, measure your oven before you buy it.

This is Switzerland.
+1. We brought our roasting pan from the USA only to find it doesn't fit in our oven here, and I was not willing to spend a month's salary to buy a new one.

In fact I've given up on finding a whole turkey and resigned myself to making turkey breasts instead but still using the oven. There are only 2 of us to feed, so a whole turkey seems a bit much anyway.

I'm still on the hunt for fresh cranberries if anyone has seen them at a store near Bern.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

Something so simple.. Very sad!

We're moving down in a couple of weeks, we're bringing cranberries etc etc all down just in case (everything but the turkey). We're moving to Luzern so if you need cranberries we will happily bring you some! I haven't even started looking to buy south American or Spanish food stores yet so God knows how that's going to go. We've been living in London and here you can get basically anything you want so it's going to be difficult to start with I think.
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Re: Luzern Xmas Food

There's a deli sells Brazilian food here: https://www.guidle.com/de/gewerbe/lu...deln_A51528772

Also, apparently, Baslerstrasse is the place to go for "multikulti" [sic] delights.
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