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It's that time of the year again, when indulgence is the rule and not an exception. Warming up to winter and the days of revelry leading to Christmas and New Year, besides party plans, is a special spread of gourmet meals, ideal to warm-up the winters and festive weekends.
The Pewter Room's live barbecue menu promises to be a sizzling, hot experience, Fridays to Sundays. "It is the 'Punjabi' way of welcoming winter evenings, by enjoying an assortment of hot kebabs and tikkas barbecued in front of you,'' says Annu Bains, Director of the restaurant. Adding to the experience is live music and vegetarian (Rs 400) and non-vegetarian platters (Rs 300). The chef's recommendations include Lagan Ki Raan with Ulta tawe ka parantha, Lahsuni Murgh ke Paarchey, Murgh Kali Mirch Tikka and Chicken Kathi Kebab. Vegetarians can opt for charred broccoli, charred tangy potatoes and paneer kathi kebab.
With most restaurants wearing a dressy look, at the bakeries this week's sweet specials are Christmas cakes, with hotels such as the Taj doing cake-mixing rituals and offering traditional cakes. At Buzzczar at Maya Hotel, you can savour the grill experience at the Kebabs and Grills Festival that is on till December 30. The chef promises grills from across the world by offering succulent kebabs such as Murg Chandi Tikka, Gandheri Jhinga, Lahori Arbi and Palak Dal Mutter ki Tikki. "We are using ingredients such as Thai chilli and tartar, grapes, narangi, bishop weed and beetle. To preserve the smoky flavour of the grills, platters will be served on hot pans,'' says Tarun, the Executive Chef.
At Pashtoon in Sector 35, it's treats from the tawa and specialities of Amritsar that are being offered as part of the Tawa Festival, with traditional recipes and ingredients hotting up the plates. At the Great Kebab Factory, the Christmas special is a food festival that's dedicated to a range of kebabs in a variety of combos. At Peddler's in Sector 35, Vipul Dua has designed a special Christmas treat, which will present Santa in retro style. While the special look, menu and plan starts this weekend, Monday and Tuesday will also see different presentations. "Our rockstar Stanley will jingle all the way, singing carols, English oldies and X-Mas specials. Also catch our time traveller Atul Sharma hitting the '70 fever, followed by DJ Sunny belting out a musical mix,'' says Dua, adding that wood-fired pizzas, shwarmas and Scottish-English and Irish cuisine are the season's specials.