If Food And Drinks Is On Your Mind This Christmas, These Are The Places You Should Visit In Bangalore
‘Tis the time to be jolly, yes, we know, but that jolly hits a high note only when there is food and family, for sure. Further, some folks like some quiet time at home with their mulled wine and turkey, while others like to go out and spend time over a hearty lunch or dinner. So, if you are someone who is planning to go out, on Christmas Day, this piece might give you some clarity—from buffets to brunches, it has everything.
Celebrate Christmas Mexican style at Sanchez Restaurante & Cantina
Mexican and Christmas, quite unlikely? But we are sure you’ll change your mind once you see what’s on the menu. First up, it’s the Smoked Turkey Taco Salad and the fresh homemade Oaxacan Artisan Queso Fresco. The main course is where it gets exciting. Choose from the Mexican Chile Rubbed Roast Chicken, the traditional pork Pozole and Charred Corn and Zucchini Chilaquiles. End your meal with a scrumptious Christmas pudding topped with pumpkin Coulis, orange cream and served with plum and cranberry compote and vanilla ice with cinnamon dusted chocolate star or the showstopper Glazed Fresh Strawberries with homemade Christmas ice cream and salted caramel popcorn, dusted with hibiscus sugar.
When: 21st to 31stst December
Where: Sanchez, UB City
Price: Rs.295 onwards
Time: 12 noon to 11 pm
Contact: 085530 77550
Lavish Xmas special buffet, Xmas hampers, music performances and more at Glocal Junction
Two days of fun, frolic, and food, who wouldn’t like that? And Glocal Junction brings you just that, and more. Prep for the festive season (starting 24th December) with the gingerbread icing workshop, this is where you create your own gingerbread masterpiece. Wait, there is more. After that, you can treat yourself to an indulgent brunch with festive treats, sessions with caricature artists, and lots more.
On Christmas Day the fun gets even bigger though, like a surprise visit from Santa Claus and a live musical performance by the band Crooner. Now, to the food bit. Look out for a lavish buffet offering traditional and popular delicacies, including roast Turkey carving station, live counters with multi-cuisine specialties like roast chicken, grilled meat, Duck Roast, Mezze platters and even some Chaat (don’t judge, options are always good!). Further, what’s Christmas without the Yule Log, Plum Cake, Crème Brulee’s and festive cocktails, right? Go on, book a spot now.
When: 24th and 25th December
Where: 2986, Ashwani Complex, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
Price: 749 to 1499
Time: 12 pm to 4 pm
Contact 6560 4999; 6560 5999
Kingsize—the never-ending Buffet at Southindies
We know the complaint, “Vegetarians are always ignored.” Well, Southindies has your back this festive season. The kingsize—never-ending buffet showcases all the best dishes from states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The unlimited buffet has 35 lip-smacking dishes, interactive live starters bar, a live appam and Kuzhipaniyaram station, cold stone ice cream and more.
Further, the chef here has carefully designed the menu to showcase the culinary delights of this region of the country and offer a rich food experience. The dishes will be prepared using home-made spices to keep the authenticity in place.
When: Until 7th January
Price: 450 onwards
Time: 12 noon to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
Contact: 4163 6363
New dishes and a holiday menu at Toast & Tonic
This quaint European restaurant might also be a good place to visit this Christmas. The ambiance is great, the food hits the spot, and they have a special menu too. Think items like the Roasted Pumpkin Soup with spiced pumpkin seeds, zucchini, carrot and white beans, or dig into a salad of Sautéed Warm Winter Beans with Peanut Sauce— a delightful medley of local Aavarekai beans, sprouted mung beans, valor and pigeon peas. If you are someone who loves a hearty roast, the Braised Lamb Shoulder is perfect, paired with goat cheese potato mash, braised local greens and chimichurri. Another option is (Toast & Tonic’s take) the classic Stuffed Chicken with house-made sourdough stuffing, Brussel sprouts and barley on the side with a Zereshk berry jus. Vegetarians can feast on the Veg Nutloaf comprising local lentils, walnuts and finished with tomato butter.
In the mood for something sweet? Then ask for the Chocolate Buche de Noel served with vanilla bean Anglaise and a cocoa nib tuile, or the Toast & Tonic Christmas Pudding with spiced apple foam and brandy orange sauce.
When: 22nd to 25th December 2017
Where: Toast & Tonic, 14/1, Wood Street, Richmond Road, Ashok Nagar
For reservations call 41116878 or log on to www.toastandtonic.com
A special cocktail menu and an exclusive Christmas dessert at 1Q1
This one’s for folks who will be scouting for two things this season—desserts and drinks! Book a table at 1Q1, they have what you are looking for. Step in and ask for Christmas staples like Mulled Wine, Eggnog, and Christmas Alexander. The handpicked menu has a list of delectable concoctions like Christmas Cream, Hot Buttered Rum, Sparkling Sangria and the Ginger Kiss too. Oh, we nearly forgot to mention the ‘sweet thing.’ There is the Sticky Date Pudding with Brandy Caramel Sauce, as well.
That’s not all. You can pair all of the above with some music too. Visit the space on 23rd December and be a part of Decked Out—a house music set by DJ Rohan Kapoor. The event has a dress code (Black and White), FYI.
When: Until 30th December
Where: 1Q1 Kitchen & Bar, Queens Road
Price: 450 onwards
For reservations contact: 8048050101
A Christmas brunch and Christmas Eve party, paired with food, drinks, activities and much more at The Irish House
Looking for a brunch menu (and a place to party on Christmas Eve) then The Irish House is the place to be—two days (24th and 25th December) of bunching, dancing, drinking and more! The menu here is more than you can handle so hold on. Let’s start with a range of eggs first, shall we? Or you could ask for the Honey Glazed Roasted Chicken or Turkey Ham from the carving station. If you like seafood then they have the Grilled Fish with Wine Sage Butter Sauce too. Then there are items like the Mezze Platter, Spicy Carrot and Raisin Salad, Glazed Chicken Sausages and Cous Cous Salad, Ham and aged Cheddar, Spiced Apple Loaf, and the Almond Cranberry Bread, the list is never-ending.
Step in (on 24th December) and avail late night happy hours, buy one, get one free on select brands from 10 pm to 12 am across all TIH outposts. They have the drinks paired with a DJ, as well. That’s not all, look forward to activities like trivia’s, tongue twisters and one-minute tasks.
When: 24th and 25th December
Where: Across The Irish House outlets
Price: Unlimited Food at 1095 ++; Unlimited Booze at 795 ++; Kids Brunch at 495 ++
For reservations contact: Whitefield: 77603 87275; Sarjapur: 9513347299
Which of these places will you visit this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.