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Merry Christmas!

Many city eateries offer authentic X-mas fare, and by the year, the spread is growing to include more yummy traditional recipes. Furquan Ameen Siddiqui writes.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2012 22:34 IST
Furquan Ameen Siddiqui
Furquan Ameen Siddiqui

Now that December 21 has spelt the end of the Mayans' doomsday predictions, rather than the world, there's all that much more reason to look forward to a sumptuous Christmas spread on December 25.

Preparing a holiday dinner/lunch can be a lovely family experience but it can also turn into a nightmare.

If the latter sounds familiar and you've convinced yourself to let go of any aspirations of making your own Bûche de Noël, we suggest you brave the chilly winds for an evening with Santa and a yuletide meal.

From ginger bread house and butter ball turkey to spit roasted piglet with Mediterranean herbs, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, Delhi has embraced that traditional style of celebrating Christmas.

"There seems to be a good crowd that likes to go out to a nice Christmas brunch and have a developed a taste for the conventional spreads. People now look forward to the traditional goodies and treatments year after year," says Willi Haueter, executive chef at The Imperial.

A traditional white Christmas may not be in store for us, but traditional Christmas fare is round the corner.

Saurabh Khanijo, restaurateur says, "As everyone is fascinated by the west, the same is reflected in the adoption of their festive cultures too. Christmas celebrations are really going big and people ask for that authentic Christmas experience."

If you are in the mood to sit down to a very Christmas Carol-esque dinner of roast turkey and vegetables or if you have been dreaming of digging into the perfect Christmas pudding or trifle, the city's restaurants are offering all this and more.

And with Christmas trees and bells livening up the atmosphere, restaurants have never looked so cozily inviting.