Christmas in Kolkata: Organic desserts, Anglo treats, elaborate roasts and more
‘Tis the season of pure indulgence and in case you still haven’t zeroed in on your big Christmas gastronomic outing, we are happy to help. From the must-have plum cakes from Flurys to designer pastries by Manish Malhotra at Yauatcha and fresh bakes from Oven Fresh we have it all for you. Let’s Indulge and Merry Christmas!
Oven Fresh, Kenilworth Hotel
The fresh bakes at this delicatessen at the Russel Street Hotel will make you spoilt for choice. The highlights include Plum cake, Plum pudding, Fruit cake, Dandee cake, Butter cake, Yule log, Christmas ginger cookies, Assorted chocolates and of course the irresistible Christmas pastries.
Date: December 25 to Jan 3, 8am to 8pm
Pocket Pinch: Rs 20 to 600
ibis Kolkata Rajarhat
For those who stay at New Town, the lavish Christmas lunch buffet at ibis Kolkata Rajarhat will light up your afternoon. Expect to savour delectable like Chicken roulade, Crispy baby corn, Drums of heaven, Roasted chicken with rosemary jus, Grilled fish with lemon caper sauce, Goan fish finger and much more.
Date: December 25, 12.30 to 4pm.
Pocket Pinch: Rs 1000 +taxes per person
Is your Christmas incomplete without the mouth-watering delicacies of the iconic tearoom at Park Street? Then get your hands at the traditional bakes like Dundee Cake, Mince Pie, Gingerbread Christmas House, Plum Pudding and Christmas hampers. The dine-in menu has an option of choosing from a set menu or a la carte from the special menu.
Date: December 14 to January 7, 10am to 10.30pm.
Pocket Pinch: Take-away Rs 100 onwards
Add a dash of panache to your Christmas celebrations with Yauatcha’s Dessert Happy Hours and their exquisite collection of Manish Malhotra designed haute dessert boxes specially curated for the occasion. The festive petits gateaux selection from the ace designer includes Royal rose grand macaron, Velvet milk chocolate praline, Golden nougat and Golden leaf. In addition to this, the stunning rose shaped Raspberry Delice, the decadent Chocolate Pebble with single origin dark chocolate and Strawberry and Violet Cheesecake are a must try.
Date: Till December 31, 4pm to 6pm.
Pocket Pinch: Assorted Macarons Box of Six Rs. 552 (including taxes)
Ring in the holiday season with Monkey Bar which is hosting an homage to the Anglo-Indian community all through December with their The Jolly Good Fellows menu featuring small plates, replete with decadent flavours, inspired by the food cooked in Anglo- Indian homes across the country.
From Maka Pao De (bread and butter with a Portuguese twist), the hearty Panthra and Panko Fried Crepes, filled with chicken mince and paired with spicy devil’s chutney, to Ball Curry and Pao (which is a slow-cooked Railway-style mutton meatball curry served with buttered pao and prawn balchao butter). Our favourite? Shaken Bacon a playful concoction of bacon and booze with Jameson Irish whiskey, maple syrup and a bacon wash topped with a garnish of crisp bacon.
When: Dec 16 to January 5, 12 noon to 12 am.
Pocket Pinch: Rs 2,000 for two
Park Pavillion, Jameson Inn Shiraz
Park Pavilion, the 24-hour restaurant & coffee shop of Jameson Inn Shiraz will be celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve by hosting a specially curated buffet on December 25 and 31. You’ll find an array of canapes and crudites like Mushroom Cheese Kurkure, Baby corn Tempura, Cheese and Grilled bell pepper Canapé, Caviar with Crabmeat, Vegetable crudités with Greek yoghurt, Tomato Mozzarella Cheese Salad with Pesto Sauce, Mexican Three Beans Salad, Hummus with Garlic Lavas. Moreover, there’s going to be a live carving station where you can gorge on Kosha Murgi, Lahori Gosht, Mix Seafood Ravioli with Arrabbiata Sauce and Chicken Sausage and Kidney Quiche.
When: December 25 and 31, 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Pocket Pinch: Rs.999/ - per person
Glook, The Sky Lounge
The Chef’s special Christmas buffet at Glook, The Sky Lounge is unmissable as it will have everything from a waffle bar, fondue Counter, salad Bar, Oriental Counter to Candy floss and Popcorn Counters. Plus, there would be a main course buffet with items like Salted Caramel Fondue, Murg Changazi, Paneer Sagwala, Santa Root salad, Khushka Rice, Farfalle Pasta with roasted red pepper sauce
When: December 24 and 25, 4pm - 11.30pm
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,500 per person
Fabcafe by Fab India
Planning a guilt-free holiday? Head over to Fabcafe by Fabindia and indulge in tasty yet healthy and organic desserts like Himalayan Honey and Walnut Tart (made with a mixture of Himalayan walnuts, jaggery, drizzled with honey) and the Fabcafe Chocolate Cake (prepared with a mixture of almond flour; house-made desi ghee and coconut sugar). Gulp it down with a steaming hot cup of Tulsi Ginger Turmeric Tea made with ginger and tulsi.
When: Monday – Sunday, 8:30am –10:30pm
Pocket pinch: Rs. 1400 for two
Celebrate Christmas at the quirky vegetarian, multi-cuisine restaurant Kouzina Marine, which is set inside a submarine; the eatery is setting up a festive carnival with pool, Jenga, Ring the Bottle and many games. Plus, there’s caroling and Santa too! On the menu you’ll find Sizzlers, Christmas Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream, Mistletoe Cheese Cake, Virgin Colada and more.
When: December 20 - 26, 12 noon to 10.30pm
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,100 plus taxes for two
The Sly Fox
The gastropub Sly Fox has earned renown for its quirky menu. For the festive season, you’ll find some themed numbers like Let It Snow (pear muddled with orange, apple juice, elderflower and topped with ginger ale), Gin & Tea (elderflower infused gin, hibiscus, cranberry) and Tropical Toddy (cognac, seasonal fruits, honey and Indian spices served with warm water).
The a la carte options include Panko Crumbed Jalapenos stuffed with ricotta, Forrest Gump Pizza (arugula leaves, bocconcini, veggies, mushrooms), Layered Pasta filled with minced lamb, Lobster Thermidor served with mustard sauce. For a sweet tooth, go for a Ginger Orange Spiced Cake Layered with Callebaut mousse, or a Blueberry Crumbled Cheesecake
When: Till January 6, 12 pm to 11 pm
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,200 for two
The Kolkata cafe Bakstage is is getting fancy with its's line-up; on its yuletide menu, you'll find Mulled Wine, Cremat and Hot Buttered Rum to warm you up. Or sip on Roasted Cauliflower & Stilton Cheese Soup. Mains include Rolled Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini, Grilled Lobster with wine sauce & winter veggies, Roasted Turkey, Pan-fried Fish fillet on bed of mixed beans, and more. For dessert, you can go for traditional Christmas Pudding, Pears Poached in mulled wine come from the dessert bar.
When: Till January 5
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,500 for two
This holiday season, indulge in your beloved Asian comfort food like Sui Mai, Fish Ball Noodle Soup, Hong Kong Style Gyozas, Thai Dumplings, Meatball Stick in Noodle Soup, Chicken Manchurian Dumpling at Master Dimsum. The Chef’s pick? Chicken Bao, Chicken Meatball Stick Noodle Soup, Chili Chicken Dumpling and Thai Dumplings.
When: December 24 to January 1
Pocket pinch: Rs 500
Head out to Refinery091 with your squad for a fun family brunch which even kids can enjoy. There are live counters - popcorn, sugar candy, chaat, khowsuey, salad bar, bread, pasta and waffle station. The brunch includes pizzas - veg & non-veg, submarine sliders, Roast Turkey with cranberry jus. Oriental options are Philadelphia waterchestnut suimai, Porcini Chicken Suimai, Thai Green Curry, and more. The Indian section comes with Dill infused Kolkata Bhekti, Wasabi Bharwan Aloo Tikka, Murgh Tikka Awadhi, Gosht Bagwaan, Refinery Kali Dal, Makai Muttar Pulao. For desserts, there are Strawberry Torte, Saffron Rabdi Panna Cotta, Brownie Canape, Hot Custard Mini Jamun and others.
When: December 25
Pocket pinch: Rs 1091 for one
The Daily dessert bar comes with goodies like Triple chocolate Buche Noel, Warm spiced and fresh pear tart, Hot pudding flambe with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel brandy sauce, Fresh strawberry & Keralan vanilla macaroon tree, Christmas Stollen, Gingerbread cookies and more.
When: December 25
Pocket pinch: Rs 800
Soul, The Sky Lounge
You'll find some quirky desi pairings at Soul, The Sky Lounge; from Baked potatoes, Garden Surprise Pizza, Mushroom Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese to, Tandoori Achari Aloo,Tandoori Prawns, Asparagus Risotto in Cream Sauce and Cream Cheese Risotto. Guests can also book a table of 4 at Rs 10,000 and get unlimited food and drinks.
When: December 24
Pocket Pinch – Rs 10,000 for four
The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat
As The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat welcomes their 3rd Christmas in the city, the hotel’s all-day dining, Seasonal Tastes, offers some of the most unique and signature favourites for the Christmas Gala Dinner on December 24, and Christmas Brunch December 25. The spread will include “Roasted Turkey”, “Suckling Pig, Yule Log”, a “Som Tam” salad bar with an option of drinks loved by all, such as “Mulled Wine” and a live bar with premium alcohol by the mixologist from 31/32, the city’s highest rooftop lounge.
At the eclectic 31/32, the Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas brunch buffets will include an assortment of appetiSers, meal bowls and a live pasta counter inside the helipad lounge. Guests can enjoy special welcome drinks which include hot chocolate for children and spiced tea for adults, along with an option of premium alcohol offerings.
Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata
At Kava, the multi-cuisine all-day dining restaurant at Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata, you'll find a range of fresh and tailor-made flavours for the patrons. The Christmas Eve dinner buffet is sure to take you on a gastronomic journey with dishes like Sea Salt and Rosemary Focaccia, Roasted Pork Belly with Barbecue Sauce, Truffle Infused Duchess Potato, and an assortment of kebabs.
The buffet includes some great vegetarian options, such as Paneer Makhanwala, Aloo Gobhi Adraki, Subz Nizami. End the Christmas dinner with special winter favourites and traditional festive sweet treats like Christ Stollen, Pannetone Baked Nolen Gur Rasgullah, Christmas Pudding to name a few.
Pa Pa Ya
The Sunday special brunch is back at Pa Pa Ya with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, from vegetarian California Sushi, Crispy Vegetable Maki, Open-faced Veg Bao, to Spicy Prawn Tempura, BBQ Pork Xiao Long Bao, Chilli Cumin Lamb dimsums. Mains come with wok-tossed seasonal vegetables, massaman curry, spinach fried rice for vegetarians. Non-veg brunch offer Braised Sliced Chicken, Shanghainese Style Pork Belly, Chicken Stir Fried Noodles.
When: Every Sunday
Pocket pinch: Rs 1550