Some of the best Yuletide meals on offer around India.
It’s that time of the year again when festivities are in the air, spirits are high, and there are new beginnings to look forward to — all reasons to revel in an indulgent meal. Restaurants across the country are coming up with stellar menus that include not just Christmas favourites but much more — from mulled wine, roast turkey, plum pudding to endless glasses of champagne. Here’s where you can head to in your city.
Indian Accent, New Delhi
When one of the top chefs of the country, Manish Mehrotra, prepares a special Christmas Eve menu for his restaurant, make sure to dress your best and get set to enjoy a meal that brings festive delicacies with a twist. It’s a set course menu with dishes like roast turkey pinwheel, cumin maple potatoes with bacon bits, honey glazed ham and nut pulao, turkey tikka kulcha with cranberry, paneer tikka and cranberry kulcha and, of course, Christmas fruit cake shahi tukda.
Price: Rs 5,500 plus taxes per person (for both menus — vegetarian and non-vegetarian)
+91-11-66175151; The Lodhi, Lodhi Road
1911, The Imperial New Delhi
There is nothing like soaking in some sun to enhance the celebratory cheer. The lawns at the 1911 restaurant put up a sumptuous spread for their Christmas brunch — much more than you can actually eat. This year there’s roast turkey, roasted lamb, beer chicken, smoked fish, cheese, cold cuts, cold seafood bar and lots of live stations including a carving station. With Christmas carols playing in the backdrop and fine champagne flowing, it will be an afternoon to remember. End the brunch with traditional desserts like yule log, plum pudding with brandy sauce and much more.
Price: Rs 4,500 plus taxes per adult without alcohol. Child: Rs 2,300 plus taxes
+91-11-41116451/52; The Imperial New Delhi, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place
Spectra, The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences
Those who are familiar with Spectra will know how elaborate their Sunday brunch is with a range of cuisines. But come the joyful day and the brunch goes up a notch up — there’s live music to set the mood and global Christmas dishes like turkey carvings, bakes, roasts and desserts like plum pudding and stollen. If you are looking for a change, they have sushi and sashimi as well. The children will be in for a surprise as Santa Claus will also make an appearance.
Price: Rs 3,750 plus taxes per person with non-alcoholic beverages and Rs 4,500 plus taxes per person with sparkling wine
+91-9205116424; The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences Ambience Island, National Highway – 8, Gurugram
Orient Express, Taj Palace, New Delhi
Make it a Christmas to remember by indulging in a five-course meal at one of the finest restaurants in the city. The Orient Express, named after the iconic luxury train in Europe, will bring you some of their classic signature dishes on Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner over a leisurely meal. The restaurant is celebrating 38 years and also has a special anniversary menu that’s available all December except these two days. The resident pianist, who has been playing here for 20 years, sets the mood with his tunes.
Price: Rs 9,000 per person (including taxes); premium beverage supplement Rs 3,000 (including taxes) on Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner
+91-11-261102022; Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave
Café Panama, Mumbai
How about taking a break from Christmas staples and indulging in a Latin American brunch? Head to Café Panama for just that. There’s quinoa and corn chowder with lemon chilli dressing, rum and pineapple chipotle braised pork belly and a range of tequila cocktails like the ones that are already popular here, all accompanied with music from a live band. The brunch will also happen on 26th December in case you have other plans on Christmas day.
Price: Rs 3,500 plus taxes per person
+91-9988214444; Todi-Mathurdas Mills Compound, N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Who needs a fixed brunch menu when you can order Christmas specials as an a la carte option? Tori, the Latin American and Asian cuisine restaurant in Bandra, that has already climbed the popularity charts, has a special Christmas menu with dishes like crispy duck, turkey bao, turkey salad, turkey nachos — yes we know that’s a lot of turkey, but it’s Christmas after all.
+91-22-2648 272721, Pali Hill Road, Union Park, Khar West
The Bridge, The Park Hotel, Kolkata
One of the most iconic hotels in Kolkata has a Christmas brunch that goes far beyond the classics to offer a range of favourite dishes that include Indian delicacies. The spread goes from Christmas staples like bacon-wrapped sausages, roast butterball turkey with cranberry sauce and plum pudding, western dishes like lemon butter fish, roast chicken with rosemary jus, and Indian staples like Kolkata-style mutton biryani, Awadhi murg korma and more — so indulge in whatever you feel like.
Price: Rs 1,075 per person including taxes
+91-33-22499000; 17 Park Street, Kolkata
The Market, The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru
Its hallmark is its style and with its array of cuisines, The Market ensures that the Christmas brunch will have something for all family and friends to choose from. You can try mushroom and goat cheese crepes, fish Sam rod, butter chicken and even Awadhi biryani. Of course, there will be plenty of Christmas classics as well, especially in the delectable dessert section —including stollen, gingerbread cookies, plum pudding, pistachio and raspberry yule log and plum cake.
Price: Rs 4,000 per person plus taxes
The Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru, Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar
Sometimes you want to stick to just a few favourites instead of getting confused with a big spread. Offering an a la carte Christmas brunch on the Christmas weekend, the menu at Bastian is divided into different sections like ‘Salt’ and ‘Salt + Sugar’. The Christmas specials include the duck platter, duck tacos and an array of mini desserts such as brownies, pull me cake in chocolate and strawberry flavours, hazelnut cheesecake, and many more. From the Salt section, you can opt for dishes like spicy dan dan noodles, lobster mac, veggie benedict and crispy chicken benedict. Relish these with a glass of mulled wine or eggnog for that Christmas touch and get transported into the festive mood.
+91-7208656074; Wadia International Centre, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Kamagar Nagar Number 1, Worli