Christmas is all about festive fun with family and friends and what better way to get into the seasonal spirit than with a delicious meal? The excitement is already palpable and heightens on Christmas Eve. If you are not cooking at home, fret not, Mumbai offers options galore to dine out and have a sumptuous meal on Christmas Day at fancy and casual places where food is the focus. So take your pick from among these 5 and enjoy a memorable dining experience.
‘Tis the time to stuff yourself silly and feast on a huge Christmas spread and that is exactly what The Clearing House, ensures. Try the Truffle Mac'n'Cheese, Loaded Nachos, Fish and Chips and Tomato and Mozzarella Flatbread. Order freshly made brunch favourites such as Snickerdoodle French Toast with Salted Caramel and Cookie Crumbs and Homemade marshmallow and Nutella Waffles. For your entrée, choose from traditional Roast Turkey with Stuffing, Red Wine Braised Baby Lamb Shanks and Ricotta Ravioli in Stewed Cherry Tomatoes. Fill your dessert platters with Christmas Puds, Fig Frangipane Pies and Cheesecake.
Poolside, The Leela, Andheri East
There is nothing more special than celebrating Christmas over a leisurely brunch by the poolside. Indulge in the traditional spread, sip on your favourite drink and make merry.
The vast menu features yuletide creations and delightful gourmet offerings like Roast Butterball Turkey, Salami Milano, Parma Lyoner, Leg of Belgium Pork with apple and Mint Jelly and sweet potato mash. Enjoy a Slow Roast Honey Thyme Gammon Ham and an assortment of soups, salads, charcuterie boards and cheese platters. Tuck into classic Christmas desserts like Yule logs, Gingerbread Cookies and indulge into Crème Brûlée, Pistachio and Raspberry Opera.
Pit-Master and Charcutier Siddharth Kashyap has created a menu keeping the southern American inspiration in mind, which is bound to give you joyful cheer.
Grilled Baby Lobster
Start with the limited-edition small plates - Pepperoni and Tomme Cheese Beignets, Home-made Sweet Potato Kettle Chips with Mature Cheddar and Red Onion House Rub, Skillet Charred Milky Mushrooms. Dive right into the mains, with large plates offering Blackened Mahi-Mahi, Tangerine Crème Fraîche, or Roast Chicken, gravy. Vegetarians will enjoy the Pumpkin Tortellini in Almond Cream Sauce. Hit the sweet spot with the freshly baked Skillet Sticky Toffee Pudding with spiced Hennessy Martell vs Cognac Ice-cream to wind-up the meal on a jolly good note.
Embark upon a unique gourmet journey at Social, this Christmas.
Risottoogood - Cranberry and Malai Tikka Risotto
Enjoy the Risottoogood - a smoked cranberry and malai tikka risotto with poppadum ribbons that will leave you asking for more. Make a trip up North, with the jolly good North Pole-ao, or reveal your mischievous side with the Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Sizzler. Christmas without Plum Cake is incomplete, so try the Sizzling Plum Cake served with custard, chocolate and nuts. What’s more, you can head to any of the 10 Social outlets in Mumbai, as they all offer this special menu.
Give your Christmas celebrations a twist this year as you guzzle craft beers and enjoy a hearty meal comprising Cauliflower Soup, Melon and Parma Ham, Cranberry and Chili Glazed Mushroom and the traditional roasts like Apricot Stuffed Pork Belly Roulade. For dessert, enjoy the warm Bread Budding with Gooey Caramel Sauce.
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.
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