This time of the year, there’s nothing merrier than Christmas brunches where afternoon teas get replaced with mulled wine, while plum cakes take the place of toasts. Head to these happy havens to add an extra dose of sparkle to your Christmas meals, and magic to your New Year festivities. By Bayar Jain
Mirroring the spirit of Christmas, ITC Grand Central’s culinary masters have curated an exclusive holiday buffet with live music at Hornby’s Pavilion. The massive brunch includes classic delicacies like roast suckling pig with baked potatoes; applesauce and roast gravy; US butterball turkey roulade served with cranberry and roast gravy; wok-tossed snow peas, asparagus broccoli and Brussel sprouts with Sichuan peppers, to name a few. The star of the meal? Desserts. Think steamed Christmas plum pudding with brandy cream; yule logs; and ebony and ivory pate.
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Transforming into a winter wonderland this year, The Oberoi, New Delhi has a thoughtfully curated string of events to give their guests an enjoyable holiday. One can choose to savour a Christmas Eve feast paired with wine, traditional desserts, gourmet cheeses and more at 360°; or indulge in a festive menu curated by Michelin-starred mentor chef, Andrew Wong at Baoshuan. On the merry day itself, 360° will be offering a special brunch menu too so guests can enjoy a lazy holiday full of treats. For New Years, the same space will revamp to offer an array of flavours from across the globe including Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian and the Mediterranean. Baoshuan, Omya and Cirrus 9, too, will be offering special menus during this time.
Come December 24, and the brightly lit hallways and Christmas-themed decor of The St. Regis Mumbai will be elevated by gourmet delicacies curated by expert chefs. Festivities here will begin with a signature Christmas Eve dinner at the Asian restaurant, By The Mekong, and the all-day dining venue, Seven Kitchens. The following day, guests can opt for a festive brunch or dinner at Seven Kitchens wherein a menu blending tradition with modernity will add to the opulence
A lavish Christmas brunch spread awaits at this luxurious 12-acred city resort, replete with added safety and cleanliness protocols in place. While Santa’s Basket—a curated festive hamper—is available till December 31, grand Christmas and New Year’s Eve galas are in the works closer to the festivals. On Christmas Eve, guests can gorge on a five-course dinner menu, inclusive of a sparkling, red, or white wine selection. A similar offering will also be available on December 25 for brunch at their restaurants Celini and Soma. As part of their year-end celebrations, the Grand Gala Dinner for New Year will involve a barbecue-style buffet at Fifty-Five East & Courtyard; international gala dinner with a live band at Celini, Soma, and The Bar; traditional Chinese dishes at China House; and countless offers… Plus, guests can also book China House for a private party, or choose from three pagodas for an intimate gathering. For those looking to stay home can choose from the restaurant’s Brunch @ Home with Santa menu, too.
Expect to see an indulgent buffet at Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre this Christmas. Featuring an interactive salad station; a mezze counter; soups ranging from chicken to coconut; a dosa station; chaat counter; grilling station — their spread is sure to leave guests spoilt for choice. Add to this an array of cuisine offerings such as Indian, Western, and Oriental along with a carving lamp and a range of desserts (think delicacies like plum puddings, chocolate fountain, and mince pies!) to round up the feast.
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A two Michelin-starred restaurant under Relais & Châteaux’s stunning repertoire, twin chefs, Thomas and Mathias Sühring offer modern and cheeky German cuisines all year round. While their crispy pork shanks are known for their melt-in-the-mouth textures, the green jelly-topped tartlets with parsley are celebrated for their flavours. For Christmas and New Year, the brothers are ready to dish out another delicious feast featuring more such signature dishes.
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The lush green lawns of Le Meridien New Delhi double as the apt set up for brunch, particularly when the cool winter breeze lingers with an evident merry spirit sweeping the space. Comprising of a selection of the hotel’s signature delicacies, the special afternoon is ideal for a family outing. Picture cookie-making workshops and storytelling sessions for the kids, and an unlimited flow of premium beverages for the adults to relax.
A live choir singing Christmas classics accompanied by delectable festive brunch is the ideal setting for a fun family holiday. When at Hyatt Regency Pune & Residences, however, one can expect a stellar service too. The brunch here will include live counters served at tables, along with a play zone to keep younger guests occupied. When here, indulge in a serving of orange and maple-glazed lamb; dig into roasted butternut squash tortellini; bite into fresh oven-baked bread, and scoop into chocolate puddings to end the meal.
To usher in the festive spirit, The Leela Palace Chennai’s Chef Rohit Tokhi and his team will be offering a plethora of Christmas specials backed by cheerful rhythms and unlimited beverages. Featuring international and traditional favourites—such as a Turkey carving station, honey-glazed ham, plum cake pudding, a sushi bar, live grills and more—the delectable brunch will also be complemented with Christmas carols. Sounds like the perfect ambience to slip into the Yuletide spirit, doesn’t it?
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The folks at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore understand that celebrations need not result in unsustainability. Which is why the hotel is inviting guests to spend S.L.O.W. Sundays at The Market. Served piping hot from pan to plate, the Sustainable Local Organic Wholesome brunch comprises of individually portioned dishes oozing an outburst of flavours. While immunity-boosting foods on the menu are sure to allow for guilt-free indulgences, the sushi and dim sum plates bring with it the right amount of extravagance.
Assuring a grand affair, Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida’s all-day brasserie SXVIII’s lavish spread will include a traditional live roast turkey, surf n’ turf station with extraordinary seafood selections, yule logs in innovative flavours, and more.
Ready to spread joy this festive season, the chefs at Roseate House, New Delhi’s Del—a world cuisine bistro—are ready to serve a splendid buffet of international and local delights. Picture yuletide goodies, such as Christmas stollen, roasted Christmas turkey, honey-glazed ham, log cakes and more, paired with unlimited house pours and Prosecco. And, of course, a jolly Santa to boost the Christmas spirit. Alternatively, a four-course spread will be laid out at their other restaurant, Kheer. When here, one can expect a welcome drink, followed by chaat on the table, appetisers, main course, and desserts.
Celebrating festivals comes naturally to the chefs at K3 – New Delhi’s Food Theatre located in JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Naturally, then, Christmas 2020 will be no different. On December 24, Italian delicacies courtesy master chef Fulvio Ventura will feature on the menu. Think the Feast of Seven Fishes comprising of black cod, sustainable SeaBass, Cochin sole, local surmai, bay prawns, New Zealand green lips, and deep sea scallops. The vegetarians can expect to find an heirloom recipe showcasing zucchini and provolone with confit garlic flavoured portobello. Closer home, one can expect winter favourites like shalgam ghost, sarson ka saag, kallappam, mapas, and more on the Indian spread, thanks to Chef Deepu Mohan. Catering to all sweet-needs will be Chef Nelson Fernandes who will be serving desserts like karanjee, hot chocolate with s’mores, red velvet waffle with strawberries, and more.
Ready to add sparkles to this year’s Christmas and New Year, The Imperial New Delhi’s festive celebrations begin with a stunning five-tier Christmas Charlie—filled with music boxes, miniature fairies, snowdrops and more—adorning the lobby. Beyond this space, at the 1911 Restaurant, the chefs have curated a three-course pre-plated Christmas eve dinner with a dessert buffet. Expect to find delicacies like roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, shepherd’s pie, giblet gravy and more on the menu. The following day, guests can dig into a lavish Christmas brunch with carols doubling as background music. The global cuisine spread will feature dishes like beer chicken; lemon couscous; grilled artichokes; Ricotta and spinach fillo packs, and more. The younger diners can bite into mini danishes or slurp on Hakka noodles should they wish to. Those with a sweet tooth can choose from spiced apple mousse, traditional plum cake, plum pudding with brandy anglais, or all three!