Many traditional feasts for a Merry Christmas

Restaurants ready to serve lavish feasts; on the menu are roasted turkey, christmas pudding with brandy sauce et al

Santa has filled the stockings with goodies and left presents under the tree if you've been good this year. But that's not all. The delightful Christmas lunch or dinner is what every family eagerly waits for all year round — the getting together with relatives, catching up with some family gossip and indulging in age old recipes that are kept secretly within the family is what these merry meals are all about. But for those with little time to enjoy the festival and who want to do away with the hassle of cooking and cleaning up after the guests are gone, restaurants across the city are providing a range of special Christmas meals.

Flag's restaurant on Bund Garden Road offers a four-course meal, which includes avocado and plum tomato salad with mozzarella cheese, balsamic herb rubbed chicken strips with garlic mayo, leek and potato soup or pumpkin and rosemary soup, sun-dried tomato and olive stuffed chicken breast with scallion mash and pesto rosso, oven-roasted turkey with Provencal potato, pepper sauce and cranberry chilli jam, herb crusted rump of lamb with courgettes and mint sauce, and the traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. The special brunch will be served from December 25 to January 1 from noon to 3 pm.

"Christmas is a very busy day for us as we have a greater intake of guests. We have prior reservations for our special Christmas lunch, which consists of roasted turkey and several traditional delicacies. Though we have prior reservations, we welcome guests who walk in through our doors on the Christmas morning. We have 40 per cent advance bookings," said Abhishek Khan, the manager at Flag's.

The trend is to keep the Christmas meal as traditional as possible and include as many home-cooked styled recipes on the menu so that the guests get the feeling of a homely get-together when they visit with family and friends. While booking at restaurants are made well in advance for a larger group, a smaller walk-in group can find tables vacant.

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