We have hand-picked the merriest meals you can find this season
Nothing says "Happy Holidays" better than a heart-warming Christmas meal that is worthy of putting you in a food coma. From a roast turkey and mulled wine to plum puddings and healthy Christmas dessert, no matter what your festive craving, we have found the ideal menus for you.
The best part? Many amongst this list are even home-delivering their Xmas specials. So, read ahead on for our festive food guide.
Smoke House Deli, Bengaluru
Holiday dinners are special, which is why you need to find a spot that agrees with everyone. If you're in Bengaluru, make your way to Smoke House Deli as their season's Goodness Menu comes with must-try Christmasy dishes and bakes. Take your pick from a selection of specials like the East Indian Roast Chicken, Slow Cooked T-Bone Steak with Caramelized Vegetables, One-Pan Baked Tiger Prawns or Plum Pudding with Saffron Brandy Sauce—all accompanied by a vast range of specially crafted Christmas cocktails like the Holiday Mule, Banana Brandy and Smoke House Extra Jolly Hot Toddy.
*Smoke House Deli's Christmas special menu will be available at both Bengaluru outlets from December 15-31.
At the end of the day, delicious holiday treats accompanied by great ambience is all you really need. The Secret Garden-esque vibe at Suchint Dhillon's charming garden restaurant is probably the best spot in Goa for the perfect Christmas dinner. Located in the quiet village of Assagoa, twinkling with fairy lights and festivities, expect a 5-course meal with off-beat Xmas specials like Pomelo Puri, Brie & Fig Salad, Crunchy Calamari Salad, Smoked Snapper, and Dark Chocolate Fondant with Honey Comb Sand, served against the backdrop of some soothing jazz music. But the pet-friendly restaurant is more than just a pretty place, everything served here is locally grown, organic and supports a zero-waste philosophy.
* Suzie's Christmas special 5-course meal is priced at Rs 2,000 per person and will be available from December 24- 31.
Address: House no. 531, near Chari Garage, Bouta Waddo, Assagao, Goa 403507.
Perfect for a family of many, host a dreamy Christmas brunch at home with The Table's to-go traditional Christmas meal. Choose between their two irresistible house specials: The Roast Turkey with stuffing, cranberry jus or a whole Roast Chicken with a spice rub and roasted vegetables. Dig into traditional treats like the Stollen Fruit Bundt Cake, Edible Wreath, Mince Pies, Caramel Candies and Gingerbread Cookies that will be available at The Table and Mag St Bread Co. all through December.
*Note all orders for home deliveries need to be placed in advance.
An element which is essential to being merry during the month of December is the spread of classic Christmas cocktails. Named after the book "A Sidecar Named Desire" by Greg Clarke and Monte Beauchamp, toast the end of this tumultuous year, at this popular South Delhi Bar that's also been listed in Asia's 50 Best Bars List of 2020. At Sidecar you're likely to find much-loved winter cocktails like Irish Coffee, Hot Toddy and Mulled Wine that will warm you up on cold winter nights.
Address: Inder Mohan Bhardwaj Marg, Block M, Greater Kailash II, Greater Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110048. Call: 011 6655 9136.
It is officially the most wonderful time of year but you won't be blamed if you're just not feeling the festive spirit and aren't in the mood to step out this year. Instead of having a gloomy Christmas at home, use this time to bring an innovative spin to your usual celebrations. Count on Patraos Deli's DIY Gingerbread man to bond with your kids over a cookie-making session or simply indulge in an at-home barbecue with their BBQ kit – all delivered to your doorstep. If you aren't into DIY activities, they even home deliver a slew of Xmas specials like a Goan Choris Brioche, Bacon Jam and Bacon Mayo.
Address: G8, Sharvani Regency, Swami Vivekananda Rd, Journalist Colony, Alto Porvorim, Penha de França, Goa 403521. Call: 9175898161.
If your Christmas tradition includes digging into the annual feast, we've found just the restaurant for you. Fig & Maple is following all the precautions to ensure you have a safe and savoury evening. Head over to the restaurant for a heartwarming Christmas feast that is packed with the season's favourites — Chilli glazed Ham, Chicken in Mustard & Wine with stuffing, Shepherd's Pie, Pumpkin Mac & Cheese, Biscuits & Gravy, Hassle back Sweet Potato, Roast Baby Veggies and more. Those looking for something simple can also opt for specials from their à la carte menu.
*Fig & Maple's Christmas menu is available by reservation only from December 10 onwards. The Christmas feast will be on December 24 & is Rs 2500 per person ++.
Address: M-27, E Block Rd, Block M, Greater Kailash II, Greater Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110048. Call: +91 8800665972.
'Tis the season to be jolly! But for many, the holidays bring with them weight gain panic. Dieting during the holidays need not be hard, especially if you can indulge in seasonal specials at an all-organic café like Paashh. Based in Kalyani Nagar, Pune, their Roasted Kombucha Soup and Le Jardin Du Paashh salad, made only using locally produced ingredients gets our seal of approval. Along with these, you can also find comfort in their sugar-free, Sour Cherry Cheesecake that'll satisfy all those sugar cravings without the worry of the extra calories.
Address: Plot No. E1, E2 Hiremath Park, next to Orange Ivy School, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, 411006. Call: (+91) 7028010008.
Ring in the merriment with the entire family during a delicious dinner at Qualia. This year, the fine-dining restaurant has pulled out all the stops to put together a scrumptious spread including delicacies like Turkey Porchetta, Spiced Maple Duck Porchetta, Sweet Potato Fondant, Artichoke Barigoule and more as a part of their Christmas feast. From Triple Chocolate Cookies, Scottish Shortbread, Mince Pies to Xmas Cake, Chocolate Panettone and Turkish Delight, this is also the place you'd want to stop by for some comforting Christmas bakes.
*Qualia's Christmas family takeout menu will be available from December 24 to January 1. The customizable Christmas hamper & family takeout meal needs to be ordered 24 hours in advance from their bakery.
Most foodies would agree that the secret to an ideal Christmas is through their plates. With impeccable specials like the Butter Roast Chicken, Mutton Cutlets, Boozy Buns and a Plum Pudding, The Permit Room knows the way to our hearts (and stomachs). Immerse yourself in the warmth and spirit of the season with their Rose Plum Rum, Mulled Wine and Irish Coffee.
*The Permit Rooms Christmas Special Menu will be available from December 14-January 10.
Christmas is a season of boozy dinner gatherings, that can often lead to mind-numbing headaches the following day. Luckily for you, the folks at Foodhall have put together an elaborate take-away menu to ensure that your hangover meal is more than just scrambled eggs. Titled as the 'Recovery Roast' the meal can serve a family of six, and is loaded with Green Pea Soup, Burrata, Black Rice and Winter Green Salad Slow Roasted Cauliflower, Pizza Salcione, Truffle Gnocchi, Whole Roasted Chicken and Stuffing, Panettone Trifle and Chocolate Boudino. Try Italian treats from their winter specials menu and spread some holiday cheer with their limited-edition Christmas cocktails.
*Sorrentina's Recovery Roast for 6 is priced at Rs 6,000++
Address: Plot No, Second Floor, Foodhall@Linking Road, 106, Linking Rd, Santacruz, Mumbai, W, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054. Call: 091369 13747.