Eat out this Christmas! 15 best X'Mas feasts across Mumbai
'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Joanna Lobo hand-picks 15 of the best and biggest Christmas feasts across the city
Brunch from across the seas
Try a Levantine, Spanish and East Mediterranean brunch. The food spread will have Kodai Camembert with Truffle and Chives, Christmas Turkey with Cranberry Sauce (in pic), Spanish Leg of Ham, Prawn Crusted Moroccan Charmoula Sea Bass, and Brie Waffle Grilled Cheese. End the meal with Kahlua Crème Caramel and Live Nitro Ice Cream.
On: December 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
At: Amadeus at NCPA, Nariman Point.
Cost: Rs 1,950 to Rs 2,350
The holiday banquet
Celebrate the holidays in style with the Mag Street family. Expect live cold stations; a raw bar of oysters, beef tartare tacos and crab toast; traditional dishes like Roast Chicken stuffed with Black Truffle and Chestnut Loaf with leeks; and a live dessert station as well, with Gingerbread House, pies and a chocolate fountain.
on December 25, 1 pm onwards
at Magazine Street Kitchen, Byculla.
cost: Rs 5,000 (without wine),
Rs: 6,500 (with wine)
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Celebrate an Indian Christmas with a nostalgic tribute to Christmas celebrations at the homes of The Bombay Canteen's chefs. Try Floyd Cardoz's Braised Short Ribs (with a spicy and sticky meat jus, rice pilaf and winter carrots); Shannon Lawrence's Pork Sambari (sliced roast pork with East Indian style curry and fugias); Aaron Coutinho's Apa de Camarao (Goan prawn and potato Pie with a balchao filling); and Thomas Zacharias' (in pic) Duck Curry (half-duck cooked Kerala-style with coconut and potatoes). End your meal with Christmas Cake or Good Ol' Egg Nog and Canteen Mulled Wine.
Till December 31, 12 pm to 1 am
At: The Bombay Canteen, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel.
Just For Kids
Invite Santa to a Christmas brunch meant for the whole family. There's a special kids menu with Nutella and Strawberry Sandwiches, Chicken and Mayo Mini Burgers, mini pizzas and pastas. The highlight is the dessert collection with Apple Crumble with Custard Apple Ice-cream, Eggnog Ice-cream and Gulab Jamun Cheesecake.
On: December 25, 12 noon till 4 pm at Dishkiyaoon, BKC.
Cost: Rs 1,500 plus taxes (adults), Rs 500 (children)
Festive spread at The Boston Butt.
Chef Siddharth Kashyap
Meat and greet
The festive spread here is expectedly heavy on meat. There is a Kansas City Strip Steak with Black Bean Cream Sauce, Nut and Herb Rub Grilled Lobster, Grilled Mutton Chops, Carolina Mustard Pan Gravy and Smoked Pork Belly with Charred Chili Mojo. For dessert, there is a Christmas Pudding with Butterscotch Treacle, Gingerbread Icecream and Bitter Chocolate and Candied Orange Skillet Cookie.
From December 23 to 31, 12 pm to 12 am
At: The Boston Butt, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda.
Cost: Rs 400 onwards
For a twist to your regular meal, try the Desi Christmas Special Dogs, topped with pear and cranberry relish and an eggnog sauce or burgers served with fig fritters. The menu has new strawberry desserts — Strawberry and Chocolate Chantilly, Strawberry Toast, Strawberry Shortcake, a Strawberry and Chocolate Chantilly with a touch of spice, and a Strawberry Sandwich.
From: December 22 to January 10; 12 noon to 1 am
At: Desi Deli outlets in Bandra (W) and Oshiwara.
Cost: Starts at Rs 200
The Italian Christmas food spread. Pic/BIPIN KOKATE
This season, try festive specials from a different cuisine. Pick from Spaghetti alle Vongole (spaghetti with clams), Fettuccine Bolognese (fettuccini with minced chicken in juicy pomodoro sauce), Roast Chicken with Wild Mushroom Jus, the traditional Italian-style porcini soup, Zuppa di Porcini, authentic Neapolitan pastas and pizzas, and for dessert, the Panettone or Strawberry Mousse.
From December 23 to January 1, 12 pm to 3 pm
At: Gustoso outlets at Kemps Corner and Khar.
Call: 26485697 (Khar)
Cost: Rs 1,500 per person (approx)
A seasonal spread
Enjoy seasonal delicacies with a spread that includes Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk Pannacotta (in pic), Slow-Cooked Turkey Salad, Swiss Chard and Ricotta Gnocchi, Smoked Ham Leg, and a Ravioli of Dried Cherries Sage and Ricotta. Desserts include a Yule Log, Pumpkin Spice Cake and Bread and Butter Pudding.
Till December 31, 12 pm to 12 am
At: The Sassy Spoon, Bandra and Colaba.
Call: 8655555555 (Bandra)
The Nutcracker’s Christmas spread. Pic/ BIPIN KOKATE
A king's breakfast
Mumbai's popular breakfast place has a special festive menu. Tuck into Pumpkin Soup with Truffle Oil, Scrambled Eggs with a Portobello Mushroom Gravy on Toast, Turkish Eggs with Garlic Yoghurt, a Burrito Bowl, White Chocolate and Cinnamon Pancakes, Eton Mess on a Waffle, and Madagascar Vanilla Meringue Crumble on a Belgian Waffle. For the health conscious, there's a decadent Strawberry, Fig and Kiwi Parfait.
Till January 15, 8.30 am to 11 pm
At: The Nutcracker, Modern House, Kala Ghoda.
Cost: Rs 265 onwards
Get into the right spirit with a five-course Christmas menu served with a complimentary glass of wine. On offer are snacks — Trio of Baby Beetroot, Cauliflower and Date, Pork Belly, and Pressed Lamb Ribs; mains — Roast Turkey Breast, and Salmon Fillet with Keffiir Lime-Marinated Potatoes (in pic); and dessert like Christmas Pudding and Eton Mess.
Till December 26; 8 pm to 1 am
At: Olive Bar & Kitchen, Khar (W).
Cost: Rs 475 onwards, set meal at Rs 2,000
Be part of a lazy four-course Christmas brunch. On the menu is Butternut Squash & Pecan Tart, Brazilian Rib-Eye Steak, Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb Chops and traditional X'mas Pudding. Get your spirits high with Chandon's limited edition 'Party Starter' bottles or the specially curated new cocktail menu — Book of Notes (in pic), Chaos Is The New Calm and Little Spaceman.
On: December 25, 12.30 pm onwards
At: The Good Wife, The Capital, G Block, BKC.
Sing for your supper
Celebrate Christmas the Irish way with a yummy brunch. There is Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken or Turkey Ham, Thyme Waffles, Prawn Cocktail Salad, Paprika Fussili, Pot Roast Lamb and BBQ Pork with Spicy Pomegranate Glaze. End the meal with Christmas Pudding and Walnut Brownies. The best part: you can participate in a fun karaoke session.
On: December 25, 11 am to 4 pm
At: The Irish House outlets at Kurla and Lower Parel.
Cost: Rs 1,095 (unlimited food), Rs 695 (unlimited alcohol), Rs 495 (kids)
The festive spread. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVAR
For Roast Pork Loin
Dig into festive specials that include Asparagus Edamame and Mint Veloute, Beetroot Carpaccio, Baked Chicken Liver Pâté, Baked Mac and Cheese with Porcini, Pan-seared Salmon, Stuffed Roast Chicken, Roast Pork Loin, Brown Butter Ice-Cream with Brandy Custard, Black Forest French Toast with Kahlua Cream, Raspberry Sorbet and Chocolate Soil.
on: December 25, 12 noon to 1 am
at: Out of the Blue, 14 Union Park, Khar (W).
cost: Rs 310 onwards
Sample an exclusive brunch menu paired with house music. Pick from Hakka Hand-Pulled Noodles, Wild Mushroom Clay Pot, Crispy Duck Salad, Chinese Chive Dumpling with Prawns, Hakka Braised Pork Belly, Steamed Indian Salmon, and a Lemon and Sesame Tart. Cocktails include Pink Lady, Fortune Teller (in pic), Grape Melon Bellini and Topaz.
On: December 25, 12 noon to 5 pm
AtZ: Hakkasan, Bandra (W).
Cost: Rs 1,950 (without drinks), Rs 3,000 (with drinks)
Stuff yourself silly with a brunch of Roasted Pumpkin and Walnut Quiche, Slow Poached Prawn Sliders, Cheesecake French Toast, Nutella Peanut Butter Waffles (in pic), Roast Turkey, Honey Chipotle and Red Snapper. Fill your dessert platters with Christmas Puds and Fig Frangipani Pies.
On: December 25, 12 pm to 4 pm
At: The Clearing House, Ballard Estate. call 62232266
Cost: Rs 2,600 plus taxes
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