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Thanksgiving is a North American holiday that is usually celebrated only in North America ( USA and Canada ), but in the last couple of years, Mumbai just can not seem to resist celebrating. A lot of folks talk about Thanksgiving and the fantastic spread eaten during this festival, but almost everyone has no idea what the significance of the holiday is.
It is a day of giving thanks and marks the beginning of the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrim Father since 1621. It is usually celebrated on the last Thursday in November and despite it not being an Indian holiday, the city is happy to celebrate when it comes to food. Many restaurants are flaunting their menus, but we saved our appetite for what promised to be an extravagant meal. The Boston Butt is an American style restaurant in Kalaghoda and is happy to embrace the Thanksgiving festivities with a lavish set menu, and having tasted it, we are certainly quite thankful for it!
On any other day you can enjoy a host of various meaty preparations, but till the end of this month, their four coursed special Thanksgiving menu is what we recommend. The menu includes some traditional festive dishes like a roasted brussels sprout salad, which is an ingredient that is not often seen on restaurant menus and a beautiful smoked turkey roulade served with cranberry sauce and stuffed with dried cranberries and apples along with ginger cornbread.
If you are looking for something a little less traditional then their smoked pork belly with coffee mustard glaze or the harissa chicken with cheese grits and roasted corn are a good choice off the same menu. Thanksgiving is always about the turkey and vegetarians are always left to peck at the side dishes but on this menu the meatless mains are just as impressive as the turkey. The smoked collard greens, chestnut and pumpkin seed ravioli in sage butter sauce and the smoked pumpkin risotto with zucchini are both excellent choices.
For folks with a sweet tooth this menu does not disappoint at all. The berry waffle upside down cake is a sweet treat but it is the maple cheddar ice cream served with it, is the real showstopper. The buttered bunt cake served with a warm rum and raisin caramel sauce is a more traditional choice but possibly one of the best dishes on the entire menu.
For the few restaurants that host a special menu for the festival, most of them only have it for one day but this is available till the 27th of November. The menu is priced at Rs 2750 all inclusive for food and available for lunch and dinner.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.