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Out for Brunch

The first day of the year is considered ideal for a long, lazy brunch — a delightful concept that’s catching on in the capital.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2010 23:22 IST
Ruchira Hoon
Ruchira Hoon
Hindustan Times

It’s a fact that waking up early on New Year’s day is really hard. Not just for the partygoers who nurse hangovers, but even for the ones who decide to stay home and bring in the New Year in front of the television. Especially because the evening is, often, liberally peppered with incessant calls and messages who can barely wait till the clock strikes 12, to wish you.

It’s no wonder that the English brought in the concept of the long lazy New Year Brunch — a concept that is, thankfully, becoming quite hot in the capital. If you’re looking for a way to spend the beginning of the year with your family in lazy yet fun manner, what better way of ushering in the new year than with a stomach full of good food. Ask businessman Kaushik Rajan for example, why he prefers languid afternoons to nights of revelry. The 30-year-old says, “Brunches are a low stress option. All you have to do is roll out of bed, get dressed and head out to hang with everyone. Each year we pick a new place that fits our budget and get there by noon. Over the last 10 years, it’s become something of a tradition — an event that all of us are look forward to year after year.”

For the ones who decide to give the eve’s festivities a miss, brunches have become a popular option. “Sharing a meal at the beginning of the year, sets a trend for the rest of the year. Sharing a lavish buffet makes it an even better deal,” says writer Ekta Singh. “The boisterousness of getting together with the family after a good night’s sleep is really the best start to the year. “

So what’s the new years brunch got that the whole year’s brunches haven’t? For starters, most places offer unlimited alcohol, if not champagne on the house. Plus you can pick from an array of Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese, French and Indian cuisine. Not to mention the seemingly endless dessert spread. “Ten years ago, you could only get to go to a five-star hotel for the New year brunch. Today, the choices are exhaustive and can fit everyone’s budget,” says ad professional Prerna Mathur, “And you can pick up a place that serves your favourite cuisine.”

Whether it’s satisfying a craving for roasted stuffed turkey or a chicken shawarma or if you’re looking to warm yourself with some decadent hot chocolate pudding and a crepe suzette, we recommend you head to a new year brunch near your place. Here are some of the best brunches around town which will satisfy both the hungover hippies and the smug sober friends.

First Published: Dec 31, 2010 23:21 IST