Christmas is a feast meant to be spent with family and friends. The excitement is palpable right from Christmas Eve. If you are not cooking at home, fret not, Mumbai offers ample options to dine out and have a sumptuous meal on Christmas Day. So take your pick from among these 5 and enjoy an exceptional dining experience as you celebrate Christmas this year.
The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Inspired by traditional Christmas feasts across India, The Bombay Canteen presents the ‘Indian Christmas’, a nostalgic tribute to Christmas celebrations at the homes of various Christian communities across the country.
Dishes created with family recipes from different parts of the country- from Kerala to Nagaland, from East Indian homes to Anglo Indians. Expect to relish East Indian Pork Sambari - Roast Pork Roulade with East Indian style Curry with melt in your mouth Fugias. Naga Galho - Rice Porridge served with King Chili Chutney, Naga Pyaaz Salad and Pork Innards Curry and Ammini’s Duck Curry - Kerala-style boneless Duck Coconut Curry accompanied with Lacy Egg Appams.
Amidst the festive décor and cheer, enjoy special dishes this Christmas curated in a special menu. Begin with a Mushroom Soup with Spiced Barley and Crisp Shallots. The Creamy Caponata and Feta Cannelloni will prove to be a memorable treat. The Herb Crusted Grilled Prawns are flavourful and will delight any seafood lover. The Roast Pork Belly with Berry Jus is the ultimate Christmas treat you can relish. Finish your meal with a Bailey’s Chocolate Lava Cake or the traditional Yule Log.
This Christmas add a Japanese twist to your regular feast, with Hello Guppy, BKC’s special menus – vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Kicking off the meal is an Amuse Bouche of Edamame Hummus with Sesame Lavash and Smoked Pumpkin Soup. Vegetarians can enjoy Cream Cheese and Water Chestnut Dumpling with Truffle Drizzle and Chili Ponzu. A staple in all Japanese meals, the sushi menu offers non-vegetarians - Salmon, Prawn and Yellowtail Nigiri; while vegetarian diners will enjoy Pickle Pimentos, Avocado and Inari (Seasoned Tofu Pockets), and vegetarian Sushi with exotic Vegetables. For mains, relish Aubergine Katsu and Creamy Kale or Duck Breast Teriyaki or Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Ribs.
The Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Bandra
The festive menu here, created by Chef Vicky Ratnani is fun, inventive and robust. Expect to savour salad, flatbreads, small plates and hearty mains. The wild mushrooms flatbread is a treat you cannot miss. The lamb T-bone chops will have carnivores drooling. The penne pasta with spinach, asparagus in a kale pesto is creamy and lip-smacking. The Italian style roast chicken with baby potatoes will get you into the Christmas spirit. Round off that perfect meal with a bitter chocolate tart or a banoffee pie.
Savour a merry festive feast this Christmas at Mia Cucina. The special celebratory Christmas menu offers mouth-watering indulgences such as RaviolI Di Zucca, Involtini Di Pollo, Insalata Natale, Calamari Di Fitelle along with Strawberry Panna Cotta while sipping some refreshing cocktails.
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Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.