“Christmas is all around me and so the feeling grows,” says Billy Mack, but along with that feeling, the appetite for all the dishes related to this festival also grows. Christmas is incomplete without plum cakes, mulled wine, roasts, desserts, and so much more. We pick the best places for Christmas brunches in Delhi.
And for those looking for a change from staples, we have a couple of places that have innovative offerings as well. So get ready to enjoy the winter chill and settle down for hours of feasting.
Picture this: It’s a bright day and you are strolling around a sunny garden with a glass of champagne in your hand as Christmas carols play in the backdrop. You cut a fat piece of juicy roasted turkey and lamb, take a sliver of smoked salmon, taste a bit of the beer chicken, and then gorge on desserts like plum pudding with brandy and spiced apple mousse. If this meets your idea of a perfect Christmas brunch, then head to 1911. Kids can also indulge in offerings such as hakka noodles. Needless to say, the elegant, colonial era setting of this hotel just accentuates that warm Christmas feeling.
Where: The Imperial New Delhi, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place
Make reservations: +91 11 41501234
Why should Christmas brunches be restricted to all things traditional? Add a Japanese touch this time by heading for a brunch at Kampai. You will be spoilt for choice with sushi, dimsums, baos, and ramen along with some sake. The Teppanyaki grills along with a side of wasabi potato mash have interesting options too. The dessert section with Green tea opera cake, Yuzu cheesecake and Matcha tiramisu will make sure your Christmas ends on a different taste.
Price: Starts at Rs 4000 per person
Where: G-02, WorldMark 1, Aerocity
Make reservations: +91 9319274015
If you are a health conscious, then we suggest you sample this Christmas brunch. At NicoCaara, you can start with Zucchini Soup, Roasted Sweet Potato, winter vegetable tart, and mince pies. They have this special Christmas menu from December 16, so if you do not have the patience to wait till Christmas Day, you can head here sooner. What it lacks in a vast menu, it makes up for with interesting options.
Where: The Chanakya, 215, Second Floor, Chanakyapuri
Make reservations: +91 9773987430
Olive always knows how to add that extra dose of cheer to festivals. This time around their theme is ‘circus’, so children will surely have a whale of a time, especially when they return with a goody bag. It packs live stations, flash mob and merriment.
Where: One Style Mile, 6-8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli
Make reservations: +91 9810235472
One look at their massive gingerbread house in the lobby and you’d know this hotel takes Christmas seriously. The Qube will not just offer the usual Christmas goodies like roast duck with cherry sauce and turkey but also dishes with Oriental, Mediterranean and Dravidian influences. Enjoy a violin performance while you savour your meal.
Where: The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri
Make reservations: +91 11 39331234
The new chef Ruchira Hoon has prepared a unique brunch menu inspired by Kerala’s Syrian Christian community and kitchen. So expect dishes like Tomato Chicken Roast, Pork Peralan, Fish Moillee, Snake Gourd Thoran to find their way to your belly. It will be one of the most unusual meals you will savour this Christmas. Keep space for desserts like Steamed nendra-pazham, wine and Plum Cake, and Rose Milk Pannacotta.
Where: D-17, 1st Floor, Defence Colony
Make reservations: +91 8527941199
The Naughty and Nice Christmas brunch at this modern European food hall is something all Christmas lovers would enjoy. After all, who wouldn’t love a glass of mulled wine, a chunky piece of roasted turkey, and some decadent desserts accompanied by Christmas carols? Hardcore meat lovers, pay close attention because there is a live roulade station where you can sample whatever takes your fancy – duck, pork, turkey, lamb, chicken, and fish.
Where: Andaz Delhi, Asset No. 1, Aerocity
Make reservations: +91 8588804222
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