Christmas 2017: Places to get the best Xmas food and drinks in Mumbai
From roast turkey to desi thaals and rocking parties, here’s where to get the best ideas to celebrate Christmas
Warm up to live stations
Soak in the festive vibe replete with gingerbread houses and golden baubles as you indulge in a lavish buffet spread of roast turkey, suckling pig and roast leg of lamb. You can also try home-cured gravid lax from a cold cuts section, barbequed quail from the live grills section or opt for seafood delicacies from the freshly shucked oyster bar. End the meal with home baked rum cake, plum pudding and traditional stollen French toast.
On : December 24, 7 pm onwards; December 25, 12.30 pm onwards
At Lotus Café, JW Marriott, Juhu.
Call : 66933344
Cost : Rs.3,100 onwards (dinner); Rs.3,500 onwards (brunch)
Celebrate over jazz
Soak in the festive spirit with a live jazz band and a Christmas choir. Indulge in a decadent meal featuring roast turkey, leg of lamb, Chilean sea bass, scallops, ravioli, pork belly, baked Alaska and plum cake.
On : December 24 (dinner) and 25 (brunch and dinner), 12.30 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 12 am
At : Seven Kitchens, Level 9M, The St Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel.
Cost : Rs.3,500 onwards
Pair rolls with eggnog
Pick from an a la carte menu of lamb meatballs with roasted tomato and sunny side egg; orange glazed pork tenderloin with caramelised onions; steak and eggs made with spiced tenderloin; chicken and waffles with spiced cranberry gastrique, and cinnamon roll French toast. Pair the food with festive cocktails like Santa sangria and chocolate eggnog.
ON :âÂÂÂÂÂÂDecember 24, 12 pm to 4 pm AT Bastian, New Kamal Building, opposite National College, Linking Road, Bandra West.
Call : 26420145
Indulge in a festive roast
Relish a five-course dinner on Christmas Eve, featuring fresh oysters with charred asparagus, roast lamb rump with homegrown mushroom and two-week cabbage, and reef cod with whipped cauliflower mousse. Chef Rishim Sachdeva has also curated a brunch menu that includes honey roast ham, roasted butternut squash with feta as well as roast chicken with Yorkshire pudding.
On : December 24, 8 pm (dinner); December 24 and 25, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm (brunch) AT Olive Bar & Kitchen, 14, Union Park, Khar West.
Call : 43408229
Cost : Rs.2,750 (dinner); Rs.3,750 (brunch) plus taxes
Dive into a desi thaal
This season, savour Christmas dishes with an Indian twist, all cooked gas-free, as part of vegetarian and non-vegetarian thaals curated by chef Amninder Sandhu. The platters feature bharwan tangri (chicken drumsticks) stuffed with traditional sage and onion stuffings, Anglo-Indian duck moilee, lamb and apple pie as well as turkey biryani. The vegetarian options include paneer roulade moilee, gucchi pie, truffle chokha and cranberry Kabuli pulao. For dessert, try eggnog kulfi and marshmallow hot chocolate with a hint of bhut jolokia.
Tell : January 1, 12 pm to 3 pm; 7 pm to 1 am
At Arth, 15th Road, Khar West.
Call : 9594060038
Cost : Rs.1,900 plus taxes (non-veg); Rs.1,600 plus taxes (veg)
Bite into pizza and pork chops
Take a trip down memory lane with your family and friends, or make new ones, over dips, soups, salads, appetisers like cajun shrimp and sausage skewers with chimichurri sauce and pork chops with apple sauerkraut, as well as crisp thin-crust pizzas. Get high on festive cocktails, craft brews or opt for mulled wine paired with Christmas egg yule log and mini fruit mince pie.
On : December 24, 11.30 am to 3.30 pm AT Woodside Inn, next to Oshiwara Police Station, Andheri West.
Call : 26328963
Cost : Rs.1,445 onwards
Meet the classics
Tuck into traditional as well as new-age favourites, including truffled chicken liver parfait with rhubarb jelly and plum chutney, the friendly farmer roast turkey, a pan roast fillet of barramundi, and the pickled beetroot tartare with goat cheese espuma. Warm up with the raspberry soufflé and fresh strawberry baked Alaska with rhubarb coulis and passion fruit jelly.
On :âÂÂÂÂÂÂDecember 24 and 25, 7 pm to 12 am
At : Indigo, Colaba.
Call : 66368999
Relish a musical buffet
Listen to carols, sip a glass of sparkling wine and feast on chicken ham roulade, smoked turkey fried rice, Goan pulao and rum balls.
On : December 24 (brunch and dinner) and 25 (brunch)
At : Four Points by Sheraton, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
Call : 61587777
Cost : Rs.1,250 plus taxes
Enjoy a regional feast
Have a buffet of Maharashtrian and East Indian fare, like chicken bhujing and vindaloo, with unlimited sangria.
On : December 24 and 25, 11.30 am to 4 pm AT BKC Dive, Pinnacle Corporate Park.
Call : 8655077330
Cost : Rs.650 plus taxes
Get a festive high
Celebrate Manhattan-style Christmas by getting high on cocktails like maple whisky sour made with Hudson valley maple syrup; it’s apple thyme, starring a Scottish small batch gin called Caorunn along with frosty negroni; and toasted sleigh ride featuring dark rum, coffee liquor and Irish cream liquor that’s topped with roasted marshmallow.
Till : January 15 TIme 12 pm to 3 pm; 7 pm to 12 am
At : Toast & Tonic, Jet Airways-Godrej BKC Building, BKC.
Call : 26534722
Down cranberry cocktails
Spread the festive cheer with Christmas cocktails like the real mulled wine, Christmas present featuring hints of rosemary and ginger, and the velvet overground with a mix of kahlua and chocolate. If you love fruity cocktails, pick from a limited-edition cranberry-themed cocktail menu including the gin-based berry naughty that’s available till December 27. Pair it with mushroom and goat cheese bombs, or mutton vindaloo.
Till : January 7, 9 am to 1 am
At : All Social outlets.
Call : 65110361 (Todi Mill Social)
Get behind a mask
Keep the element of mystery alive and party like the good ol’ days at a masquerade ball. There will be foot-tapping music, boozy cocktails like Christmosa (sparkling wine sangria) and Christmas frost (coffee-rum shot), and appetising dishes like turkey sandwiches and chorizo pav.
Time : December 24, 9 pm onwards
At : Door No. 1, ONGC Colony, Reclamation, Bandra West.
Entry :âÂÂÂÂÂÂRs.2,000 per couple (cover)
Party with pillows
Miss the childhood pillow fights that you had with your bestie?âÂÂÂÂÂÂHere’s your chance to relive the days. Get into your dressiest best, grab all the pillows you can and fight till midnight at a pillow party, complete with feathers falling around you like snowflakes, and sangria and cocktails to keep your spirits high.
On :âÂÂÂÂÂÂDecember 24, 10 pm
At : 1Above, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Entry : Rs.3,000 (cover)
Jingle Bells for Juniors
Play with Santa and snow Bond with your kid over games like candy cane fishing, Christmas hat toss, gingerbread golf and a fun snow corner. Sing Christmas carols with the resident Santa and get some goodies from him too.
Age group : Two to eight years
On : December 24, 11 am to 5 pm
At : Millk, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Call : 24964457
Entry : Rs.550 (per kid and adult)
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