Mumbai Food: A round-up of the most delicious Thanksgiving delights around town
Find a reason to be thankful for and tuck into turkey and decadent pumpkin delights
Get high on nostalgia
Celebrate with a traditional turkey feast with a variety of accompaniments and fixings, including a gluten-free stuffing, mac 'n' cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean salad, teriyaki broccoli and garlic fried rice.
"The menu is a reflection of the Thanksgiving dinners we experienced while growing up in North America. Every home had staples like turkey, mashed potato and stuffing but put its own spin on it," reminisces executive chef Boo Kim (in pic), who would tuck into kimchi, tofu soup and rice cakes on this day while chef Kelvin Cheung's family would add roast duck, steamed whole fish and mochies to the table. The menu also features a bbq platter, and pumpkin and apple pies.
On: November 23, 8 pm
At: Bastian, opposite National College, Linking Road, Bandra west
Call: 26420145 (prior reservation compulsory)
Cost: '5,500 (without alcohol); '6,500 (with alcohol)
Stuff your face with American turkey
Hosting a festive lunch at home? Pre-order for a whole butterball turkey ('15,000) that can serve up to eight guests. Available on the menu (along with other meats like Belgium whole suckling pig and whole roasted duck) until the year-end, it comes with a selection of four sides, including potato and leek gratin and organic black rice salad.
"The turkey sourced from America is meatier, larger and less gamey than the one sourced locally," says chef-partner Viraf Patel. For Thanksgiving, the team has also curated a special dine-in menu, including pumpkin risotto ('580), turkey roulade ('880) and sliced suckling pig ('980).
On: November 23 (lunch and dinner)
At: Cafe Zoe, Lower Parel
Call: 24902065 (24-hour notice for pre-orders)
Pie meets ice cream
Complete your festive dinner with a jar of the decadent upside down apple pie ice cream. It comprises silken smooth vanilla bean ice cream with cinnamon stewed apples, laced with buttery, flaky pie crumble.
"No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the aroma of grandma's pie and with fall upon us, there is nothing more indulgent than a warm apple pie with a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream. We took this memory and turned it on its head," says co-founder Yohaan Dattoobhai.
At: Sucres Des Terres, 24 Rashid Mansion, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.
Cost: '950 per jar
Turkey gets a modern twist
This season, try turkey two ways ('595) - as a roast and as confit. It's served with oven roasted pumpkin, honey and chilli glazed baby carrots, cranberry pistachio jus, edible flowers, pea sprouts and turkey skin chicharrones.
"The turkey is brined with herbs, oranges and cranberries, and the confit leg is slow-cooked," says chef Arun D'souza. enjoy it with shepherd's pie.
On: November 23, 7 pm to 1.30 am
At: Doppio Bar and Brasserie, Hubtown Skybay, Breach Candy.
Play with pumpkin
So what if you don't spot the colours of fall? They'll be visible on your plate when you order Thai prawn green curry ('475) from Subhasree Basu, who runs Hungry Cat Kitchen.
"Pumpkin symbolises Thanksgiving and lends an earthy sweetness to the curry," says Basu. The à la carte menu also features lu rou fan ('450), a rustic Taiwanese pork belly stew infused with cinnamon and orange peel.
From: November 23 to 26 to order
Call: 9820928658 (order two days in advance) or via Scootsy
Tuck into turkey
Host a family reunion or bond with your friends over a lavish spread at Seven Kitchens. It includes roasted stuffed turkey, braised pork belly, and lamb chops along with mulled wine and eggnog. If you're looking for a european sojourn, head to Luna for classics like truffle roast chicken, Norwegian salmon, braised pork belly and butter poached turkey.
On: November 23, 7 pm onwards
At: The St Regis, Lower Parel
Cost: '3,000 (Seven Kitchens); '4,000 (Luna)
A feast to remember
enjoy a gourmet buffet spread starring roasted butterball turkey served with giblet gravy along with a selection of roast meats, including Asian-style duck and vodka-poached seabass. The buffet also includes Indian and continental dishes, a live sushi bar, ravioli station, paella bar and a live waffle bar.
On: November 23
At: 022, Trident, BKC
Cost: '3,500 plus taxes (with unlimited mulled wine)
Pig out on turkey and sausages
In the company of a live band, enjoy a dinner buffet featuring stuffed roast turkey carving, pigs in a blanket and red wine marinated Australian lamb chops. It also includes bratwurst, frankfurters, cumberland and sage sausages, chorizo along with grilled vegetables dressed in tomato Jus.
On: November 23 (dinner: 7 pm onwards); November 26 (brunch: 12.30 pm onwards)
At: Lotus Cafe, JW Marriott, Juhu
Cost: '2,650 (without alcohol); '3,900 (with alcohol)
Wine and dine?
Sip on sparkling wine or choose between red and white as you tuck into roast turkey and conclude the meal with pumpkin latte cheesecake.
On: November 23, 7 pm onwards
At: Burn Kitchen & Malt Room, Pinnacle Corporate Park, BKC
Cost: '2,499 (includes two glasses of wine)?