It is just not Christmas without the extravagant meals, mistletoe and gifts. Since the chill is upon us, why not snuggle into some toasty outfits and head over to your favourite restaurant to ring in Jesus’ birthday. And what are birthdays without stuffing your face while sitting in spaces illuminated with twinkling fairy light, and drinking life to the lees. So, get into the Yuletide spirit in style even as restaurants of Delhi-NCR gear up to welcome you and the gang with sumptuous festive fare.
Christmas celebrations take on Indian colours in a host of imaginative ways. It is celebrated across several southern states with a lot of verve and local flavours. And, you cannot go wrong with Sandige's signature appetiser, the Chicken Ghee Roast this Christmas. Jingle all the way with this popular Bunt Tuluva Mangalorean Chicken recipe, which traces its origin to one of the smaller towns called Kundapur near Mangalore. The Chicken Ghee Roast will tickle your taste buds with its tangy and robust flavours, as well as ghee roasted spices.
Date: 24th & 25th December'18
Time: 12 noon - 11:00 pm
Cost: Rs 425 plus taxes for Ghee Roast, Meal for 2 is Rs 2200 plus taxes
When Santa is busy sliding down chimneys and piling up gifts near the Christmas tree, restaurants too, are going overboard to join the gifting bandwagon. Unlimited - The Break Free Bar will be the place to be this Christmas as it is offering lust-worthy packages for the swirl and sip brigade. The icing on the Christmas cake is a specially curated Yuletide menu and a red-gold-white festive décor. There is also a Santa Claus to boot, who you might want to shake a leg with if you have been good throughout the year. And if gifts make a world of difference to you, the restaurant has planned a Secret Santa to pamper you silly.
Highlights of the Christmas Eve bash
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Date: 24th December 2018
Time: 07:00 pm onwards
The Christmas Jazz Brunch at The All American Diner is the best way to say hi to Santa and his elves.
And, the soundtrack to your memorable Christmas meal (think a lavish buffet spread) will be a live jazz music session.
Eat your way through everything from Honey Mustard Glazed Turkey, Roast Pork Leg and spicy Grilled Fish with Dill Sauce to Christmas Plum Pudding and Chocolate Peppermint Cheese Cake.
To keep the kids busy and engaged are a series of special activities, including tattoo making, balloon art, art and craft corner as well as meet the Santa.
Time: 11:00 am - 03:30 pm
Venue: The All American Diner Lawn, Habitat World
Date: 25 December'18
Price per person: Rs. 1749 (adults) and Rs. 1125 (kids)
At 736 AD, rum-based plum cakes come complimentary on Christmas Eve, when the restaurant is going to transform itself into a happening party spot. The décor will be splashed in Yuletide tones of red, gold, white and green while an in-house DJ will spin a battery of Christmas tunes for Santa lovers. The restaurant offers cuisines from all corners of the globe, including American, Middle Eastern and European. Therefore, if fancy Christmas lunches and dinners, is your thing, you will be spoilt for choice here.
Time: 07:00 pm onwards
Date: 24th December'18
Meal for 2: Rs 1000
If you are celebrating Christmas at Decode, you can have your cake and eat it too. Rather, you can order a wishing tree as part of your meal, and end up gobbling it down too. But first, there are other celebratory food items that will help spread the Christmas cheer. Take your pick of Santa's favourite soup, Crispy Chicken Asian Salad, Christmas Tree Money Bags, Roasted Fake Raan, Indian flavoured Chicken Sausage Bao Taco and Lamb Rogan Puffs. To cap it off, there’s music by 'DJ Julia' and 'DJ Manu' to get you grooving in style. The Real McCoy however, is the wishing tree cum dessert that the restaurant is offering as a big Christmas splash. If you order it as dessert, a chocolate tree decked up with Orange Candy Floss, Green Chilli Dust, Jaggery Ice-cream, Chocolate Soil and Paan Chutney Gel will be plonked on your plate. Ending your meal with a sweet note will be taken to the next level here.
Timings: 12 noon -12 midnight
Meal for 2: Rs.1500 plus taxes
Valid till: 25th December'18
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.