Christmas is the season to eat, drink and be merry amongst near and dear ones. As the year ends, celebrate with joie de vivre at these luxurious hotels and restaurants in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
Anglo-Indian Cafe and Bistro, Lonavala
Dreaming of a Christmas amidst the hills? Head to Anglo-Indian Cafe at the hill station of Lonavala, about three hours from Mumbai. The alfresco restaurant is serving up specialties like shepherd’s pie, a European Christmas staple, available with a mock meat alternative too. Bite into their Indian spiced vegetable pie and the spinach, mushroom and feta cheese puff pastry, as well as their cranberry, brie, garlic and thyme crostini, a sweet and savoury delight. Those who want a traditional meal can carve into the Anglo-Indian roast chicken marinated in a special spice rub, paired with the chef’s special Buche de Noel cake and Christmas Boozy Plum Cake.
When: December 17 – January 1
For reservations call 087660 55364
Bastian, Worli and Bandra
Gorge on Bastian’s unique Christmas offerings, including a duck platter, duck taco, confit duck, pan seared duck breast, flour tortillas, pickles, slaw and plum glaze. Bastian’s Christmas brunch menu features spicy Dan Dan noodles, The Lobster Mac with truffle béchamel, kung pao shrimp scramble, crispy chicken benedict, Bastian Bird, a chicken katsu with fried mantou bread, The Homer, a brioche doughnut, sunny side eggs and bacon. Sip on cheery holiday cocktails like eggnog and Mulled Wine.
When: December 25 and 26
For reservations, call +91 8419965953 (Bandra) +91 7208656074 (Worli)
Cou Cou, Jio World Drive, BKC
Chef Pratik and Chef Pierre Storti of Cou Cou, a French-style patisserie, serve up delicious baked goodies for Christmas. Delicious Yule Logs, Christmas Spiced Croissants, gingerbread, cinnamon star and Hausfreunde cookies topped with a selection of gourmet homemade chocolates are part of the spread. A 19th century French dessert made with chestnut puree, called the Mont Blanc Pastry is created to resemble the snow-capped mountains of Mont Blanc. Christmas plum puddings, ‘Dresden,’ – spiced nuts and fruits in marzipan, and beverages such as Mulled wine, a Christmas and an iced coffee sangria make it to Cou Cou’s menu.
When: Till December 25 For reservations call 02235123901
Café 24, Della Resorts, Lonavala
Looking to get out of the city during Christmas? Head to Della Resorts for a quick getaway and enjoy a special Xmas meal at their Café 24. Situated by the pool, the café serves a Christmas Special Brunch, with a spread of dishes including a Cream of Turkey soup, Mediterranean offerings, and live counters with a variety of pizzas, crepes, Indian food and breads. Quintessential Christmas bakes such as German stollen, plum cake, Yule Logs and ginger cookies pair perfectly with the savoury bites on offer.
When: December 25, from 12:30 pm – 4 pm For reservations call 1800 3000 7440
The Fatty Bao, Andheri and Bandra
Fatty Bao celebrates the festive season with a crossover between their eponymous baos and the humble hot dog. The Bao Dog menu replaces the traditional bun with pillowy soft baos, packed with an array of fillings influenced by South-East Asia. Sriracha Pork Dog, Spicy Korean Chicken Dog, Dancing Shrimp Dog come together with layers of crunchy fillings, doused in different sauces. Vegetarians can try their Tempeh Bao Dog, a combination of tempeh and edamame with kimchi green apple, scallion, lettuce, chilli bean sauce and roasted sesame seeds. Wash down these fusion delights with Holly Jolly Christmas Cocktail, a well-shaken mixture vodka, elderflower, fresh orange juice, topped with ginger ale and Very Merry Ornamentini, a vodka, cranberry juice, cherry syrup, jujube and orange juice concoction. Those in the mood for a sweeter cocktail, try Get Toasted, a white rum, Kahlùa, Bailey’s, coconut syrup, egg white, toasted marshmallow medley, served with a cream-filled wafer cookie.
When: December 15- January 9
For reservations call +91 7738008460 or +91 7718850030
JW Marriott Juhu
A festive spread of traditional dishes such as roast chicken with potato dauphinois, roasted butterball turkey, honey-glazed ham served with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, stollen/ panettone bread, devilled eggs and beet cutlets has been curated by Chef Abhishek Basu at JW Marriott in Juhu. Decadent desserts like plum pudding, plum cakes, gingerbread and yule logs are also part of the winter wonderland at the 5-star. While dining there, don’t forget to snap a picture by their grand Christmas tree.
When: December 19, 24, 25, 26
For reservations call +91 22 6693 3344 or +91 90046 16506
JW Marriott, Sahar
Traditional Christmas delicacies like sage butter roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, meld with delicacies such as char Sui Roast Pork, Korean Seafood Pancake, Bacon and Beans Casserole, Balsamic Brussel Sprouts at the JW Marriott Sahar. A Vodka and Oyster Bar, and a Smoked Seafood bar are designed to delight and provide a fresh feast.
One day isn’t enough to spread the joy of Christmas, so O Pedro is celebrating with ‘12 Days to Christmas.’ An a la carte menu of bacon chorizo pulao, smoked pork sorpotel with red rice toddy spiked sannas and Chef Floyd’s Christmas lamb is up for tasting. Goan delicacies like grilled octopus, crab SH-EK SH-EK in a toasted coconut chilli masala, dry aged Christmas duck are available for seafood lovers. Those with meaty cravings can choose between Rosario’s Beef Roast, Smoked Chicken Wings and buttery Bone Marrow ‘Jeerem Meerem’ with crispy poee bread, a special Goan bread. End the meal on a sweet note with a Christmas fruit-and-nut tart, a Rose cookie with goat cheesecake, macerated seasonal berries and berry rose sorbet. Drinks like mulled wine, Pedro’s X’mas sour and frothy Bailey’s eggnog are perfect to sip along with your feast.
When: December 13-24
For reservations call 9967365514
Poco Loco Tapas and Bar, Khar West
Known for its lip-smacking Spanish and Mexican fare, Poco Loco is set to serve patrons a Christmas banquet of food. The Cranberry Kale with Feta Salad resembles Christmas in a bowl, while the Poco Loco Roast Chicken and the Jamaican Spice Pork Belly round up the traditional side of things. Cocktails like Dr Loco’s Eggnog, Ginebra Navidena and Whisky De Navidad offer well-mixed options. Christmas cupcakes, Chocolate & Raspberry Entremets and Gooey Chocolate Brownies, are decadence personified.
When: December 24-26
For reservations call 093241 91366
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Nashik
Another option for those who wish to escape the buzz of the city to retire to wine country, is Radisson Blu’s new hotel in Nashik. They are celebrating Christmas with an elf -is- Presley Brunch at The Smoked Vine restaurant. A plethora of choices greets diners, including Roast Turkey, Honey- Glazed Ham, Christmas Pudding, Yule Log, Plum Cake Pudding. Sip on Mulled Wine, and Christmas special cocktails while Elvis Presley tunes are sung by the Christmas choir and live band. Families with kids will especially love the festive-themed children’s play area complete with an exciting visit from dear old Santa Claus.
When: December 25
For reservations call +91 253 6644500
St. Regis, Mumbai
The St. Regis celebrates the season in style with Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch at dining venue including Seven Kitchens, By The Mekong, Sette Mara, a vibrant middle eastern lounge bar and kitchen, and The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar.
When: December 24, 25
For reservations, call 022 6162 8422 / 022 6162 8000
Saltt, Oleander Farms, Karjat
In the verdant setting of Oleander Farms in Karjat lies Saltt. About 3 hours from Mumbai, the restaurant is celebrating the festive season with classics like French Onion Soup with Port Wine, baked Brioche with Emmental.For non-vegetarians, a Honey Bourbon Roast Chicken with Cajun Bread Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, Carrots and Broccoli is available, while vegetarians would love the Baked Eggplant Parmesan in Vol Au Vent with cheese sauce, parmesan and truffle drizzle. Christmas Pudding with Rum sauce and berries or the Apple Strudel with Rum, Raisins Apple and Cake crumbs with Crème anglaise prompts one to end the meal with a sweet finish.
For reservations, call 9967725518
Sorrentina, Foodhall, Linking Road
In anticipation of Buon Natale, aka Christmas, Sorrentina is celebrating with a 21-day long holiday menu featuring risottos, pasta, Neapolitan pizzas, and carafes full of holiday cocktails. Small plates like Baked Brie, Zucchini Flower Frito stuffed with Lamb Bolognese and mains like Ossobuco, a traditional Lombard cuisine of slow-braised lamb shanks, are available specially during this period. A Mince Pudding Tart with soaked fruits served with a gingerbread gelato is for those with a sweet tooth. Those looking to bring the festivities home, can try a Kahlùa-soaked Boozy Tiramisu, a Mulled Wine Kit, and pre-bottled Christmas cocktails available for takeaway.
When: Until December 31
For reservations call +91 9136913747
Want all your Christmas dreams to come true? Head to Silly where all visitors in the month of December are allowed to send a wish to their ‘Silly Santa,’ from a list of options including a mixology session at the bar, a curated date-night menu and whatever your heart desires. Coming to their menu, Silly serves up pull apart garlic bread in the shape of a Christmas tree, Prosciutto Cranberry and Brie Crostini and a special cheeseboard come alive amidst the festive décor at Silly. Once there, a visit to the bar is mandatory. Santa’s Dream Cloud, a cocktail made with Jim Beam, maple syrup, fresh cream and topped with a cotton candy cloud is a visual representation of Xmas. Choose from their long list of gin- and rum-based cocktails for a lovely night out.
When: Until December 31
For reservations call +91 9004418531
This Asian restaurant presents ‘A Three Course Meal of Joy’ for the holiday season. In addition to dumplings like Spicy Chicken Dimsum and the Chicken Taro and main course dishes such as Crab Fried Rice and the Thai Style Vegetable Fried Rice, the Christmas special Coffee and Rum Swiss Roll is a must-try! Seasonal Raspberry Mousse and Strawberry Tart complement cocktails like Cranberry Mimosa, Mulled Wine, Christmas Rum Punch, Mrs. Clause and the Drunken Snowman. For teetotallers, The Sober Santa, Vegan Eggnog and Berry Punch are ideal companions during the meal.
When: December 15 – January 7
For reservations call 077150 48934
Bring in the festivities with a plant-based feast curated by Chef Raveena Taurani. The special 4 course set menu dinner starts with steamed Cabbage Wraps, Sweet Potato and Chestnut Balls served with a Chilli Cranberry Relish, progressing into Mushroom Risotto for the main course. Bite into a Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake layered with Molasses Caramel Sauce for the perfect sweet end to your Christmas dinner.
When: December 23
For reservations call +91 9867455009
Taj Palace, New Delhi
All aboard the iconic Orient Express for a memorable Christmas dinner. Experience a five-course meal of the restaurant’s signature preparations. Head to the world-cuisine dining destination, Capital Kitchen for a buffet of gourmet dishes during the festive days of Christmas.
When: December 24 and 25
For reservations, call +91 11 2611 0202
Aloft Hotel, New Delhi Aerocity
Relish in traditional Christmas sweets available at Re:fuel. For a lavish spread, experience a Christmas Eve dinner and a Xmas day brunch at the Nook restaurant in Aloft, New Delhi.
When: December 24 and 25
For reservations, call 8448499759
Sheraton, New Delhi
At the Delhi Pavilion, Sheraton New Delhi celebrates with yuletide favourites complete with traditional trimmings, and dainty desserts.
When: December 25
For reservations, call 9600091321 or 01142661122
Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Raise a toast to the Christmas Buffet at Pullman in New Delhi. The feast is set at their Farmers Basket restaurant with favourites like Country Style Roast Turkey Honey, and Mustard Glaze Pork Leg. Christmas sweets such as Berry Parfait with Almond Crunch Raspberry Sorbet, Mulled Wine, Traditional Stolen Bread Dundee Cake Linzer Cookies Yule Logs, make a special appearance as well.
When: December 24 and 25
For reservations call 01146080808
Restaurants at the Hyatt Regency celebrate the festive season with their individual cuisines. Partake in a Mediterranean feast at Syrah, an Asian meal at The China Kitchen, Italian at La Piazza, TK’s Oriental Grill, Cafe and Indian at Aangan Reloaded. Look forward to the classic Oven Roasted Butterball Turkey with winter cocktails, such as a warming Black Rumtea and a Hot Buttered Rum.
Indulge in warm Mulled Wine, Eggnog, or a spiced Gingerbread Martini at the Four Seasons’ Copitas and The Lobby Lounge & Terrace until December 24. The 5-star is even serving up afternoon tea with a Christmassy touch! On Christmas Day head to their restaurant CUR8, where a carving counter of Herb Roasted Stuffed Turkey, an Xmas Roast Chicken and an Xmas Honey Glazed Black Pepper Roasted Ham awaits you. An incomparable spread of desserts like Strawberry Panna Cotta, English Fruit Trifle, Baba Au Rum, Chocolate Swiss Roll, Chocolate Cherry Yule Log, Dundee Cake, and Plum Cake is waiting.
When: December 25
For reservations call +91 76191 46004
Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
Check out the festive decorations and lights at the Renaissance Hotel in Bengaluru. The lavish brunch is specially curated at the hotel’s LUSH restaurant, spearheaded by Executive Chef Karthick Keyan. Highlights of the menu include roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, herb marinated fish, barbecue roasted pork belly, beef wellington, and seafood paella. Finish the meal with desserts that hit the sweet spot, such as mince fruit pie, plum cake and stollen bread.
When: December 25
For reservations, call +91 95139 44520
Toast & Tonic
Spread the joy ‘Under the Mistle-Toast’ at Bengaluru’s Toast & Tonic. Begin your meal with Smoked Chicken Pho, and Prawn on Embers with smoked Pork Ham XO sauce. Then skip to the mains with Smoked Pork Shoulder, Chicken Trestevere and Lamb Saddle. Swirl around a Candy Cane Mimosa or Christmas punch cocktail or sip on some T&T Mulled Wine, Spiced Eggnog for a kick of warmth. Save space for the Boûche de Noël, a yule log, with a chocolate sponge, smoked hazelnut cream, whipped cherry ganache, meringue and served with raspberry sorbet.