Christmas planner: Mumbai's best guide to X'mas
From the hottest pre-Christmas dance parties across the city to lavish traditional buffet spreads and cool takeaway options, we've got you covered this season
SoBo & Central Mumbai
For an outdoor-sy vibe
Enjoy the nip in the air as you tuck into Fenugreek Risotto, Traditional Roast Turkey, Aubergine Cannelloni with gravy and Star Anise Pannacotta in a cutesy al-fresco setting.
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On: December 25 (12 noon to 3.30 pm, 7 pm to midnight)
At: The Sassy Spoon, ground floor, Express Towers, Nariman Point.
A Goan Christmas
Get teleported to Goa as you tuck into traditional Mutton Chops, Chorizo Pav, Pork Roast, Sorpotel, Pork Vindaloo, Goan Curry and Fish Ambotik.
Till: December 27, 12 noon onwards
At: Reunion Bar and Kitchen, Shivaji Park.
A turkey special
Bring in festive cheer with a dinner featuring turkey, lobster and lamb specials or opt for a Christmas brunch from the à la carte menu at Ellipsis.
On: December 24 (7.30 pm to 1.30 am) and 25 (12.30 pm to 3.30 pm)
At: Ellipsis, Amarchand Mansion, 16 Madame Cama Road, Colaba.
Call for Roast Stuffed Chicken or Turkey with gravy, Roast Ham with Apple Sauce, Meatloaf, quiches and other festive delicacies from home chef Ananya Banerjee's new food portal that delivers till Bandra.
Log on to: www.ananyabanerjee.com
Fine dine and dance
Get into the winter vibe with a pre-festive party at Asilo. Or try a festive spread of Roast Turkey with Sausage and Leek Stuffing, Traditional Honey Glazed Gammon Ham, Minced Pie and Christmas Pudding at Seven Kitchens.
On: December 24 (dinner) and 25 (brunch and dinner) AT Seven Kitchens, The St Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 4,700 (with alcohol), Rs 3,000, (without alcohol)
Opt for gift hampers that include Baked Desi Chorizo Mince Pies, Egg Nog Eclairs, Chocolate Rum and Raisin Cake, Cone Cream Puffs and Ginger Bread Man. You can pre-order and customise them too.
Till: December 25
At: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
An authentic Christmas
Wash down authentic varieties like X'Mas Medley, Chicken Marina and Baked Aubergines with Strawberry Margarita and Kiwi Mojito.
FROM December 24 to January 3 AT Gaylord Mumbai Bakeshop, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate.
Indulge until New Year
Carry on festivities until the New Year with a menu that features Arrostita Peperone Soup, Musk Melon Avvolto Prosciutto Di Parma, Crostini Assortiti home style Classico Ratatouille, Risotto Piccante Mare Cibo and Cotto Frutta Torta Di Formaggio -- a baked cheesecake with wine soaked fruits.
TILL January 1 AT Serafina, Ground level, 30 K Dubash Marg, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda. CALL 49150050
A Techno Christmas
Groove to Techno beats as German producer Eric Sneo takes over the decks with Folic State and local artiste Saral Saraf. Also enjoy a winter festive menu and drink-till-you-drop deals at the bar.
ON December 24 AT Tilt All Day, Trade View, Oasis Block, Kamala Mills Compound, PB Marg, Lower Parel.
Western and Eastern 'burbs
For a lazy brunch
Start your day with roast turkey, salads, cold and hot appetisers and à la carte items. The restaurant also offers a week-long (till December 27) five-course set menu paired with special Christmas-themed cocktails.
On: December 25, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm
At: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Bandra (W).
Cost: Rs 2,750 plus taxes
Have a ball of a time
Indulge your partner in a Christmas dance with a live performance by The Night Shift Band. While there, tuck into Melon Wrapped Pork Salami, Poached John Dory and The New England Shepherd's Pie.
On: December 25, 9 pm
At: Bungalow 9, St John Baptist Road, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W).
Celebrate with a swim
Soak in the scenic view of a beach while you relish Cold Turkey Mirror, Chicken Galantine, Smoke Salmon, Pork Vindaloo, Firangi Veg Masala and Apple Lasagne. The package also offers a refreshing swim in the resort's pool.
On: December 25, 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm
At: The High-Tide, The Resort, Madh-Marve.
Cost: Rs 1,500
Indulge in a buffet spread at Lotus Cafe with Christmas-themed drinks and a corner decorated for kids where Santa Claus and Elves will come to cheer you up. Or, opt for à la carte dinner menus at Saffron, Spices, Arola or Mezzo Mezzo.
On: December 24 and 25
At: JW Marriott Juhu Mumbai, Juhu Tara Road.
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Kid's corner at JW Marriott
Santa gets naughty
Step into Santa's Mansion and Bar and enjoy naughty vibes as you get a festive kick from Mistletoe Mojito, Rudolph Green Nose and Snowman Kiss. You're sure to spot glow-in-the-dark snow flakes and spiked-foam cocktails too.
On: December 24 and 25, 7.30 pm to 1.30 am
At: Copa, Lanna Building, 13th Road, opposite Juhu Gymkhana, Juhu.
Enjoy a set menu
Scrumptious Ratatouille, Chicken Cacciatore, Ginger Pudding and Chocolate Pate await you here. Continue the celebrations with the hotel's Christmas brunch.
On: December 24 (dinner) and 25 (brunch)
At: Cafe Ambrosia, Ramada Powai Hotel & Convention Centre, Powai.
Cost: Rs 1,999 plus taxes
In the company of Ginger Bread House
Opt for a pre-Christmas dinner or indulge on the festive day with varieties like Traditional Christmas Turkey, Chipolatas, Pomme Croquettes, Lasagna Pommodoro, Yule Log and Choco Caramel Popcorn Mousse. Don't forget to click a selfie with a cute ginger bread house.
On: December 24 (7.30 pm onwards) and 25 (12.30 pm and 7.30 pm)
AT 180 Degrees, Grand Sarovar Premiere Goregaon.
Cost: Rs 1,111 plus taxes
Roasted Whole Chicken With Stuffing and Gravy with a Bunch of Sides at Salt Water Cafe
Order chef's special
Celebrate a traditional Christmas feast at home with Roast Chicken with stuffing and gravy along with Plum Cake prepared by chef Gresham Fernandes, delivered to your doorstep. You can also indulge in a Christmas special menu at the eatery's Bandra and Churchgate outposts.
TILL December 31 (place orders in advance)
AT Salt Water Café, Bandra (W).
COST Rs 440 plus taxes (400 gm of plum cake) Rs 800 plus taxes (Roast Whole Chicken)
Spiced Ginger Xmas Rocky Road at Palate Culinary Studio
Ride the Rocky Road
Dig into dark chocolate-flavoured Spiced Ginger Xmas Rocky Road prepared by chef Rakhee Vaswani.
AT Palate Culinary Studio, Survodaya Cooperative Housing Society 7, Juhu Road, Santacruz (W).
CALL 9322246080 (price on order basis)
Reserve a table
With reserved seatings for lunch and dinner, tuck into four-course menu with Roasted Pepper & Brie Parcels with Berry Sauce, Roast Duck with Rosemary Scented Sweet Potatoes and Port Gravy and Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream.
ON December 25 (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm)
AT Me So Happi, Linking Road, Khar (W) and Carter Road, Bandra (W).
CALL 26487260, 65681010
A percussion night
Have a merry good time as you groove to the tunes of percussionist Gautam Sharma along with DJ Vinayak and enjoy a festive menu comprising Mulled Wine, Pirogies (Polish roasted pumpkin and spinach dumplings) and Bouche de Noel Sundae.
ON December 24, 6 pm to 1 am
AT Monkey Bar, Summerville, Junction of 14th & 33rd, Linking Road, Bandra (W).
Tuck into duck
Enjoy specialties like Manhattan Clam Chowder, Crispy Duck With Orange Sauce, Roast Lemon Chicken, Braised Lamb Roulade, Roast Turkey With Cranberry Chestnut Stuffing and Chicken Wellington.
ON December 24 (dinner) and 25 (dinner)
AT Saptami, Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, Sakinaka, Andheri (E).
COST Rs 1,599 per taxes
For a set menu
Indulge in a set menu comprising Christmas Fire Cracker Roll, Roasted Shanghai Duck, Mediterranean Style Lasagna with Artichokes and Olives, Christmas Vegetables and Herbed Rice and Sticky Rice with Trilogy of Mushroom and Burnt Garlic.
ON December 25 (12 noon and 7.30 pm)
AT JOSS, Savoy Chambers, Off Linking Road, Santacruz (W).
For Christmas colours
Prepared in Yuletide colours memorable of Christmas flavours, dig into Desi Christmas Special Dog, Bird in a Pear Tree, Pig in the Same Place, Christmas Lush LambBurg and the Christmas Veggie BeanBurg.
TILL January 10
AT Desi Deli, 86, Chapel Road, Reclamation, Bandra (W).
For a midnight buffet
Enjoy a Christmas Eve midnight buffet featuring Roasted stuffed Turkey with cranberry sauce, Grilled Fish Veronique, Boulangere Potato and Spatzelli Romania. You can also opt for Christmas brunch and dinner.
ON December 24 and December 25
AT Boulevard, The Orchid, 70/C Nehru Road, Near Domestic Airport, Vile parle (E).
COST Rs 999 (for midnight buffet)
Sip festive cocktails
From Irish Whiskey to Bourbon Hot Toddy and Last-Minute Mulled Wine Cocktail featuring star anise, beat the blues with Christmas cocktails.
AT The Bar Stock Exchange, Bandra (W).
COST Rs 350 plus taxes
>> Opt for American Butterball Roast Turkey, Christmas Pudding, Stollen, Smoked Leg of Ham and Roast Turkey Roulade with the Deli special stuffing.
From: December 24 to 27
At: All Indigo Deli outlets.
>> Reserve a table for a Christmas brunch with free flowing sparkling wine, homemade Sangria and mulled wine cocktail.
On: December 25, 12 noon to 3 pm
At: Le Pain Quotidien outlets at Colaba, Powai, BKC
Cost: Rs 1,600 plus taxes
Whisky Plum Pudding at Social
>> Enjoy Christmas specials like Drunken Dates Pancake with Maple, Fiery Chooza Pops, Steak & Eggs with Paprika Butter, Pork Wurstel with Spiced Mushroom Crème Sauce, Roasted Chicken with Veggies. The Whisky Plum Pudding and Fruit Parfait with Seasonal Fruit Cream.
TILL December 27
AT All Social outlets in the city
X'Mas in Navi Mumbai
Indulge in a decadent Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas brunch with specialties like Roast Turkey, Traditional Pumpkin Soup and more. Also, enjoy special offers on a staycation during these two days.
On: December 24 and 25
At: Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi.