Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most popular feasts across the world and it is no different in Mumbai. It is all about savouring good food and wine. No Christmas celebration is complete without the traditional sweets - Marzipans, Neuris, Kulkuls and Guava Cheese. Equally popular are the Christmas Cake and the rich pudding. Christmas cakes are made in many different ways, but generally, they are variations of the classic fruitcake. These can be light, dark, moist, dry, heavy, spongy, leavened or unleavened. Several places in Mumbai offer delectable Christmas cakes and desserts, which are a must-have to usher in the festive spirit. My top 5 favourites:
Traditional Christmas Cake at Patisserie & Delicatessen, Trident, Bandra Kurla
You cannot possibly go through Christmas season without indulging in the classic Christmas cake. This rich most cake with fruits, spices and alcohol, is a heady treat, a slice of which is a must on Christmas.
Strawberry Mascarpone at Bake House Café, Kalaghoda, Fort
With strawberries abounding this season, tucking into a sinful and creamy strawberry tart, is an absolute must. The tart strawberries meshed into the creamy mascarpone and the crisp tart, adding the right texture is an irresistible combo and undoubtedly the pièce de résistance at Bake House.
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard at Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra
To round off that perfect Christmas lunch, a helping or two, of this classic pudding with a dollop of custard is a must-have. This steamed pudding is light, moist and boasts of distinct fruit flavours. Doused with brandy custard, it leaves a rich after-taste in your mouth and you know Christmas is here.
Bundt Christmas cake at Cocoamaya, Sakinaka
'Pastry Chef Deeksha Shetty', ensures you have the perfect Christmas, as you bite into the fine-grained and moist, old-fashioned, ring-shaped classic - Bundt cake at Cocoamaya.
Mulberry Eton Mess at The Clearing House, Ballard Estate
This traditional Christmas dessert is served here with an innovative twist. Served here with mulberry, instead of strawberries, the meringue offers the perfect crunch while the double whipped cream simply makes the dessert, melt in your mouth. Attractively presented, this one entices you immediately.
So, indulge guilt-free this Christmas as you enjoy your favourite desserts with friends and family. After all, Christmas comes, but once a year.
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.