Bistro by the park
Where: 2A Middleton Row
When: December 19 to 25
On the menu: Planned by chef and t2 columnist Shaun Kenworthy, it’s a Christmas treat on the platter. “During Christmas, I’m always asked about where to get a proper old English Christmas roast. So here it is... Roast Turkey and all the trimmings with a rich fruity, spicy Christmas pudding to finish,” said Shaun. Also on the menu are Potted Shrimps, Chicken Kiev (Shaun’s twist on the Chicken a la Kiev, oozing with blue cheese butter), and Pancakes filled with fresh asparagus and creamy wholegrain mustard sauce. There is even a platter of local cheeses to round off your meal.
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,200 (plus taxes) for two. Picture: Rashbehari Das
Where: 18 Park Street
When: Till January 6, 7am to 10pm
On the menu: It’s cupcakes and mousse at Flurys this Christmas! Enjoy cupcakes in eggnog, gingerbread and plum pudding avatars. Mousse is available in three variations –– ginger, redberry and spicy chocolate. The good ol’ plum, dundee, almond-iced and fruit cakes are also available. For those looking for a Christmas lunch or dinner, there’s the Traditional Roast Turkey with all the trimmings, Parmesan-crusted baked fillet of sea bass and Ricotta, and Asparagus Ravioli with herb-infused tomato sauce. Such a meal should end with the Flurys Special Christmas pudding or the warm Panettone pudding.
Pocket pinch: Rs 60 onwards.
Picture: Bhubaneswarananda Halder
Where: All outlets (1 Bally High; South City Mall; The Enclave; RDB Boulevard)
When: December 21 to January 3, 11am to 11pm
On the menu: So what if it doesn’t snow in Calcutta, we still have a Snowman Coffee with whipped cream to sip on! And if you’re not into caffeine overload, there’s always cocoa. Try the Warming Christmas Storm (sweetened cocoa with cinnamon, cardamom, whipped cream and granulated sugar).
Pocket pinch: Rs 69 onwards.
Where: 105 SP Mukherjee Road (near the Rashbehari crossing)
On the menu: Munch on the classic ham-and-cheese or tuna sandwich, or Chilli Cheese Toast. For Jugheads, there are hot dogs and chicken nuggets. Also try their English breakfast, pizzas, brownies and ice creams.
Pocket pinch: Rs 500 (plus taxes) for two.
Picture: Arnab Mondal
Where: 1 Allenby Road (opposite Forum)
When: December 21 to 31, noon to 11pm
On the menu: Begin with a broccoli or mushroom soup and then bite into Mexican Veggie Chimichanga (tortillas filled with beans, onion, red capsicum and green chilli mixture). For the main course, order Greek Vegetable Moussaka (a triple-layered baked dish of potato, onion, brinjal, capsicum with special cheese and Mexican sauce) and French Corn Spinach Au Gratin (American corn, spinach and cheese baked till a golden crust forms on top). Finally, dig into Special Hot Melting Brownies.
Pocket pinch: Rs 700 for two.