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Where to get roast turkey and chicken in Tokyo for Christmas

No oven? No problem. Here are the best takeaway roasts for a traditional Christmas dinner at home

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen
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If you’re the designated host for Christmas dinner, you might be accustomed to the usual holiday chaos: frantically juggling four hot pans over a stove that’s way too small, and cursing when you realise you forgot a key ingredient. In the end, you’re congratulated on your impeccable cooking skills, but we wouldn't blame you for feeling like that's not enough.

Let’s be honest: the past year has been hard enough as it is. Do you really want to be on the brink of emotional collapse worrying about the best way to brine your turkey? Give yourself a break. You can still throw a smashing celebration by picking up a ready-made roast chicken or turkey – and dazzle your guests even more with one of these stunning Christmas cakes. All you need to do is put in your order, pick it up on the day, and keep the drinks flowing. 

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Give 'em the bird

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For a solid rotisserie chicken meal, look no further than Alze Roppongi. This speciality joint sells spit-roasted chicken in whole, half or quarter pieces. You could prepare your own sides to accompany the roast but Alze’s menu also offers salads, appetisers, pastas and rice dishes for a cosy, fuss-free dinner. The best bit? You don’t necessarily have to go and get it yourself. Alze provides delivery services for a small fee – depending on your location –  so you won’t have to brave the cold. Reservations for a whole Christmas chicken (¥2,900) are open now through December 20.

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You'll always find local office workers queueing up for takeaway lunch at Farmer's Chicken, located along the Daiichi Keihin in Mita. The tasty rotisserie chicken is seasoned with a ten-herb mix heavy on rosemary, resulting in a burst of flavour every time you bite into the juicy bird. A whole chicken will set you back ¥2,400, while the lunch sets, which come with salad, roast potatoes and rice, start at ¥950. Christmas reservations for roast chicken (pick-up only) are available now at mutlple Farmer's Chicken outlets. 

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This American-style Christmas dinner by Luca’s Deli comes with more sides than you could fit on your plate. A traditional roast turkey, available in different sizes, is flanked by seven different accompaniments – and that’s not even counting the sauces and puddings.

Potatoes? You’ve got truffle potato gratin, rosemary mash and sweet potato casserole to choose from. Follow that up with maple bacon brussel sprouts, cornbread as well as chestnut and mushroom stuffing with some gravy and you might have to wait a while before you have room for dessert. For that you have chestnut cupcakes with chocolate frosting, pumpkin cupcakes with brandy ginger frosting, and pumpkin pie with chantilly cream. Portions can be customised to feed between two and forty people (though it might be best to stick to smaller groups this year) and orders above ¥20,000 come with free delivery. From ¥9,800. 

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Living up to its reputation, the Grand Hyatt has planned an equally grand takeout menu suitable for a party of four to six people. The 1.8kg roast chicken, which is served with chestnut gravy, winter vegetables and a potato gratin, is provided by the hotel’s steakhouse, The Oakdoor. The French Kitchen, on the other hand, dishes up appetisers including Boston lobster terrine and Camembert brioche. Dessert is a basket of baked goods from the Fiorentina Pastry boutique: gingerbread, shortbread biscuits and cinnamon stollen. Reservations are available now through December 26. Full holiday set (includes roast chicken) ¥36,800, roast chicken with gravy and vegetables ¥14,000. 

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Queen of Chickens is so popular that it's opened locations as far away as Guangzhou. Clearly, the restaurant chain is doing something right. The recipe for its signature chicken involves marinating the meat for two days in herbs and seasonings before it’s cooked in a rotisserie machine until the skin is crisp and golden. You can order a chicken whole, halved or quartered, and it’s tastiest when accompanied by roast potatoes and gravy, also served at the shop. Half ¥2,200, whole ¥4,950.

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For a cosy get-together with a Japanese twist, check out this holiday-themed roast chicken set from Royal Garden Cafe, which comes with sides served in a festive bento box. The roast chicken (¥4,200) is marinated overnight with aromatics like juniper berry before it is roasted. It comes with a balsamic vinegar reduction, roasted vegetables and a stuffing of chestnuts as wild rice.

The bento set (¥4,600) serves two to six people and includes an assortment of hors d'oeuvres including braised beef cheek, salmon and tuna tartare and pâté de campagne. You can order either set individually or get both (serves three to five) for ¥8,500.

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