The festivals of Christmas & New Year expedite the joyful, upbeat winter days further. The mood and the celebrations in the air equates to lavish feasts with some scrumptious meals and desserts. This is the time to indulge in some soul-warming foods and keep up with the festive spirit around. Let’s have a look at the places, which are gearing up to serve the best of winter cocktails and food for the city dwellers to have the best December in an otherwise miserable time.
Taftoon Bar & Kitchen
Exquisitely amalgamating the essence of the regions from the Grand Trunk Road with the famous European Roast, blending it all seamlessly into the season’s spirit, Taftoon Bar & Kitchen has introduced a unique “Christmas Raan” with a truly rich and scrumptious spread for the festival.
Cooked in a slow-charred Tandoor till the lamb reaches a fall-off-the-bone stage, finished with Lamb Stock, simmering in the richness of red wine, flavoured with rosemary; this delicacy is accompanied with exotic veggies, Jacket potatoes, Mutton Yakhni Rice and the delicious Kashmiri Girda bread; together present a gigantic meal to relish this Christmas.
Adding some more spice to satiate your tastebuds, they brings to you the Champagne Holiday Punch, Spiced Rumhattan, the Jingle Juggle, with a Bourbon base, some spiced Kahwa, topped with Irish cream and candy sprinkles to give you all the holiday feels you can handle, gifting you with a Christmas Feasting experience to treasure and set the holiday bar sky-high, for the years to follow!
What: Taftoon Bar & Kitchen brings to you a Christmas Menu that will leave you feeling all sorts of festive
When: 18th December to 5th January
Where: Taftoon Bar and Kitchen,BKC
With mouthwatering Khowsuey, exciting appetizers, comforting mains, delicious salads, and heartwarming desserts, a Burma Burma meal will tug at your heartstrings, hitting all the right notes! Take your pick from their most loved dishes, Oh No Khowsuey, a Burma Burma classic and everyone’s favorite. Their crunchy Tofu Buns and Lotus Stem crisps are perfect to munch on while celebrating togetherness and creating memories with food, they are little bites of perfection! The Tea Leaf Salad, another Burma Burma classic, will keep you wanting more! Between conversations, take sips of the hearty and light Taro Moringa Soup, indulge in the yummy Wa Potato, the perfect appetizer everyone will love! Exciting mains like the Malar Hot Noodle Bowl and Mon Mustard Rice is sure to win your heart.
Nothing says celebration, like a sweet! A must-try from desserts include the famed Burma Bombe, Forbidden Cherry, and Affagato, Rangoon baked milk. A selection of Burmese desserts too is absolutely delightful. Tagu Piyan, Ye Gethoo, Palata are simply delicious and are sure to win your heart. This year’s special celebration dessert is a Christmas cake with ginger and orange peel, raisins, nuts soaked in orange juice, and cinnamon.
Address: 18 M, Ground Floor, Stephen Court, Park Street Kolkata – 700071
Operation Hours: 12 – 3 pm & 6:30 – 10:30 pm (Mon – Fri) 12 – 3:30 pm & 6:30 – 10:30 pm (Sat & Sun)
Cost for 2: Rs 1,500 plus taxes
Ekdalia Cocina is a beautiful dine-in place that has already started serving its winter specials from the beginning of December. It is serving dishes like Fish Florentine, Grilled Whole Bhetki. Ala Kiev is also part of the menu; this is basically a stuffed chicken breast cooked beautifully and tastes delectable. Stroganoff is a dish consisting of strips of chickens cooked in mushroom gravy and served with rice. It does not end here. There’s more to come. It has Goulash, which is originally a Hungarian Curry where meat is cooked with baby potatoes and other veggies! Spare Ribs is a preparation of short pork ribs, cooked in barbecue sauce, served with veggies and rice.
Address: 68, Ground Floor, 14 PC Sarkar Sarani, Gariahat, Kolkata
Time: 8:30 AM – 10PM
Tenure: Going On
This December; be ready to add an innovative sparkle to the festive celebrations and indulge into the specially curated menu from Yauatcha. The exquisitely planned menu will consist of an assorted range of delicious dim sum, soup, stir-fry, staples and desserts, making sure that you can make the most of your festive commemorative feast.
Try the crispy and fluffy Shenjin chicken bun or the comforting Spicy tofu dumpling topped with the indulgent vegan caviar. The soups in the new menu are hearty and wholesome with a Supreme crab meat soup with egg white for the non-vegetarians and the umami rich Seaweed and tofu soup for the vegetarians. From the stir-fries, one must try the Yauatcha style Stir-fry Chinese cabbage with mushroom and truffle and Kolkata’s favourite Prawns and broccoli in XO sauce. From the staples, Yauatcha’s humble Fried rice tossed with crab meat and truffle and the crowd favourite Szechuan noodles with shiitake mushroom and bean sprouts is sure to spoil you.
To end your festive meal, the alluring dessert section comprises of Strawberry delice which are made of fresh strawberries to soothe your taste buds.
Address: 5th Floor, Quest Mall, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus, Beck Bagan, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Time: 12 pm – 10:30 pm (available for Lunch and Dinner)
Cost for2: Rs. 2000 ++ taxes
Traffic Gastropub is all set for heavy traffic this winter, with its amazing assemblage of platters and cocktails. It is going to serve some delectable winter special savories that include a dish called Overdose, which is a preparation of spicy mutton boti tipped with tangy butter and this tastes really delicious. There is Sizzling Safar on the menu too, which is an orange juice reduced chicken shashlik served on a sizzling plate.
Red Hot is a flambéed slice of twisting grilled pork which is a must try for all the pork lovers. 18+ is a platter of tangling chicken wings doused in rum & Chinese wine and is a must try at Traffic Gastropub. Jalebi Bai is another interesting dish & is made up of orange cilantro, marinated with smoky chicken chunks and non-sweetened jalebi. Basanti Taange wali has a different taste, it is an orangey patisapta, filled with grated coconut and served with shahi phirni shots. If you want to indulge in some desserts, try out their Masti Ki Pathsala, which is rum raisin balls served with vanilla extract ice cream.
The taste is as unique as the names. For drinks, Traffic Gastropub is offering The Apple Cobbler (consisting of bourbon whiskey, La Quintinye Blanc, clove apple syrup, 20ml apple juice, fresh lime juice, and egg white), Cranberry & Rum Warmer (consisting of dark rum, cinnamon, cloves, lime juice, and cranberry juice), Warm Winter Wine (consisting of 1 btl of red wine, caster sugar, cinnamon quill, cloves, star anise, 1 long strip orange rind, and lemon slice). So, cram this place with your pals and
have a gala time this chilly winter, with Traffic’s winter specials. Each drink has its own USP and one must taste them all to get the tipsy feeling while being stuck in the traffic.
Address: 2 Floor, City Centre 2, Rajarhat, Newtown, West Bengal-700157
Tenure: From 10th December onwards
Canteen Pub and Grub
Canteen Pub and Grub is ready to serve you its winter special food and cocktails and present you with the canteen vibes that will make you reminiscent of your college days. It will be offering three delectable dishes like Chicken Picata with Orange Beer Sauce, Latte Brule with Orange Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt and Mint Foam and Pineapple & Honey Roast Ham. Chicken Picata with Orange Beer Sauceis a dish made up of chicken and orange juice accompanied with a wheat bear.
Whereas Latte Brule with Orange Caramel Sauce, Sea salt and Mint Foam is one such dish in which all the four segments of the dish are prepared separately and served altogether, this is a mouth-watering dish. Lastly comes Pineapple & Honey Roast Ham, this preparation consists of coriander seeds, orange zest, cloves and pineapple juice. This dish is one to look out for at Canteen this winter. If you are visiting Canteen Pub and Grub don’t forget to taste these absolute lip-smacking dishes. To make you groove and feel a tipsy amazing set of winter cocktails are also ready to be served.
Dark rum-based Dragons Breath made up of Lime, Spiced orange marmalade, and Dark Rum. Whisky-based Warm Winds which is a mixture of lime, Bourbon, Maple Syrup, and Rosemary, and gin-based Whistle Blower which is a mixture of Lime, Gin, Pomegranate, Molasses, cranberry juice with assorted fruit lollipop are on the winter special menu. As unique as the names are, the punch will blow your mind too. It is going to start serving these drinks from 25th of December onwards and will continue till 5th of January. So, don’t miss out on your chance to hit Canteen Pub and Grub and amp up your party vibes with this impressive collection of cocktails. Groove to the crazy tunes of the DJ and make your December memories memorable.
CANTEEN PUB AND GRUB:
Address: City Centre 1, DC Block, Sector 1, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal-700064 Time: 11:00AM – 10:30PM
Tenure:25th December – 5th January
SYMI is ready to make your December memorable with its myriad offerings of food, desserts, and of course, coffee. This newly-opened café is ready to grant you the best café experience and make you fall in love with winters all over again. It will be serving Red Velvet Crumble Latte, Cinnamon, and Almond Latte in its coffee segment that will surely win the hearts of coffee lovers. It will also be serving the appetizing Orange and Milk Crème Brulee. For desserts, Symi will serve Red Velvet and White Chocolate crepes, which are a scrumptious affair. For food, it has Moroccan Lamb/ Chicken balls, which are tasty enough to stimulate everyone’s taste buds and make people happy this winter.
Address: 7/2B, Dover Lane, Gariahat, Kolkata
Time: 12 noon – 10PM
Tenure: From 15th December to 15th January
All these aforementioned places have their unique assortment of delicacies. Go and have a blast this December!