Christmas is a great time of year to stick two fingers up at calories and really indulge. But even those with a larger appetite will eventually tire of too many mince pieces and start to feel sluggish after the fiftieth turkey sandwich.
Conveniently, delivery service Deliveroo has recently come to Birmingham, meaning you can take a break from the sprouts and enjoy something delicious from one of the many restaurants in the city centre, Moseley, Harborne and Edgbaston.
So, to help you pick an alternative takeaway treat on the run up to Christmas, here are 12 of the most outstanding and delicious meals you can get sent straight to your door, without having to lift a finger in the kitchen:
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Kicking off our 12 days of food is the Flaming Doom from Dirty Cow Burger Co, a burger that claims to be the spiciest in Birmingham. Alternatively, you can stay seasonal and grab yourself a special Christmas burger, the Rudolf's Nose.
The Dirty Cow Burger Company, The O Bar, 264 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2DS
Harborne's top end Thai restaurant Sabai Sabai was shortlisted for the 2015 Chamber Award for Best Restaurant in Birmingham. Mix things up for day two of this eating marathon with an ever popular Pad Thai, served with trademark Sabai Sabai Pad Thai sauce, bean sprouts, carrot and lime.
Sabai Sabai, 268 High Street, Birmingham, B17 9PT
Asha's Restaurant dishes up Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist. As part of a multi award winning chain of restaurants, it has been recommended in the 2015 Michelin Guide, received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor and won Time Out Dubai's Restaurant Award in 2012.
So, treat yourself to a premium dish of its Lobster Panchphoran: a whole lobster freshly sourced from Birmingham's award wining fish market, paired with prawns and seasoned with a multitude of spices and mustard paste.
Asha's, Edmund House, 12 - 22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3LX
Mexican restaurant Bodega make irresistible burritos, so for day four, grab a mate and enjoy a lunchtime treat. We suggest the signature Smokey Slow Roasted Beef Brisket, which comes served in a warm flour tortilla, with cilantro rice, black beans, mozzarella, cheddar and fresh salsa.
Bodega, 12 Bennett's Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RS
Rub Smoke House
Hung, drawn and quartered may have once been a medieval torture method, but there's nothing unpleasant about a Rub Smokehouse feast: Hung Drawn and Quartered is a dish for two containing a selection of all its smoked meats served with fries, smoked cheese mash, corn on the cob and slaw.
Rub Smoke House, Unit 4, Regency Wharf, Birmingham, B12 DS
Yakinori has recently opened in Grand Central and in Selly Oak, and now its fantastic value for money menu is available for delivery. If you've yet to sample this Japanese cuisine, give the Teppanyaki Udon Noodles a go. This dish features chicken and tiger prawns, tossed in a miso soy sauce with chikuwa and other vegetables.
Pair it with one of a Japanese beers and day six can be the perfect date night in.
Yakinori, 68A East Mews, Birmingham, B2 4XJ
While we admit you won't be able to enjoy an all you can eat buffet, with endless meats served to you on skewers, Rodizio Rico can still offer a mouth watering Brazilian BBQ feast in your own home. Using prime cuts of meat including Picanha, rump steak, beef ribs, lamb and pork; this is a dream for meat lovers.
Rodizio Rico, The Cube, Commercial Street, Birmingham, B1 1RS
For day eight of our delicious journey, we get a taste of Mediterranean cuisine, courtesy of Forty Twenty-Three. The souvlaki will have your mouth watering, whether you choose chicken or pork. This delicious grill dish is served with handmade pitta bread, hand-cut chips, fresh salad and yoghurt sauce.
Forty Twenty-Three 310 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B193RH
Leave It to Esmie
Indulge in a Digbeth Dining Club fix without getting off the sofa. Leave It To Esmie brings fantastic Caribbean cuisine to our 12 days of food. We suggest a Jerk Burger, which contains a giant freshly fried dumpling filled with jerk chicken. Alternatively, give the tasty mutton curry a try.
Leave it to Esmie, Unit 5 St. Andrews Industrial Estate, Sydney Road, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4QB
El Borracho De Oro
Spanish tapas restaurant El Borracho De Oro provides a great opportunity to dine on some delicious vegetarian food. Patatas Bravas are a tapas classic, which will go especially well with Calabacín Crujiente (crispy beer battered courgette) and Tortilla de Patata (Spanish potato and onion omelette).
El Borracho De Oro, Harborne Court, 65 & 67 Harborne Road, Birmingham, B15 3BU
If you can't be arsed to cook a Christmas Dinner, Meating in the Arcadian Centre has us covered with a perfect Sunday roast. Choose either roast or slow cooked beef, chicken, or pork belly. This can be paired with Pork Crackling (and Apple Sauce) and Pigs in Blankets from the finger food menu.
Meating, The Arcadian Centre, Hurst St,, Birmingham, B54TD
No meal is complete without something sweet to round it all off, so rather than a partridge in a pear tree, we're finishing with a treat from Heavenly Desserts.
For example, enjoy a freshly made Waffle or crepe, topped with warm milk Belgian chocolate, fresh strawberries, a scoop of stracciatella (ice cream with chocolate shavings) and whipped cream. Or you can swap the strawberries and stracciatella for fresh bananas and crème caramel ice cream.
Heavenly Desserts, 371-373 Ladypool Road, Birmingham, B12 8LA
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