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Fruit Mince Pie, Rosemary Lamb, Mulled Wine: Traditional food goes strong this Christmas

People love the traditional items that they have been eating for many years. They have their own charm as they play with your memories.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: December 23, 2015 4:57:14 pm
Rasted turkey with vegetables. (Source: Thinkstock) Rasted turkey with vegetables. (Source: Thinkstock)

Despite a host of new and fancy innovations rustled up by various eateries across town, traditional dishes and recipes that spell cakes, mulled wine and turkey roast continue to be perennial favourites for Christmas.

As the city gears up for the festival season, various eateries in the city have put in great efforts with special menu and fascinating decor.

With its variety of cakes such as plum, fruit mince pie and ginger bread pudding, ‘Wengers’, one of the city’s famed bakery still adheres to its much loved traditional fare but in a new packaging.

On Christmas Eve, the bakery is offering customers pudding shaped as trees, stars, locks, books and corns.

“People love the traditional items that they have been eating for many years. They come here for the age-old recipes that we are offering from the last 90 years,” says Charanjeet Singh, Manager, Wenger’s.

Dessert shaped as Christmas tree is a hit. (Source: Thinkstock) Dessert shaped as Christmas tree is a hit. (Source: Thinkstock)

Another popular bakery, Elma’s Bakery has laid out a sumptuous Christmas menu with a three course meal.

“While the bakery offers traditional dishes like Turkey, Rosemary Lamb, Salmon fillet, the place also serves a mixed bag of wines including mulled wine and Hot Toddy among other wine available,” says Shubham Dhingra, Manager, Elma’s.

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant ‘Jamie’s Pizzeria’ in India, which opened recently at the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon has a special treat for customers.

The restaurant lays out a lavishly crafted Christmas menu with Whole Roast Baby Chicken, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Pan Fried Sole Fillet & Baby Shrimp and the very famous Plum pudding served with a boozy sauce.

Customers also stand a chance to win gifts like drinks, deserts, starters, cook book etc.

Lamb Rolled Roast with Rosemary. (Source: Thinkstock) Lamb Rolled Roast with Rosemary. (Source: Thinkstock)

The Imperial has put together a menu spearheaded by executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula.

The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, pork loin in a blanket, bread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble etc.

Desserts like spiced apple mousse, traditional plum cake and plum pudding with brandy anglaise have been put together with classic wines.

Making use of the seasonal ingredients, the Dramz Whiskey Bar and Lounge in Mehrauli near Qutab Minar, has organised a five course pre set dinner.

Curated by Chef Pankaj Sharma, the menu has a host of dishes Crumbed Asparagus with Hollandaise Mousse Prawn, Overnight cooked leg of Lamb, Sauteed Pokchoy, Garlic Mash and Red Wine Jus, Roasted Chicken, Giblet Gravy, Apricots and Quinoa.

Hot and spicy mulled red wine with orange and cinnamon. (Source: Thinkstock) Hot and spicy mulled red wine with orange and cinnamon. (Source: Thinkstock)

Sharma says that even though traditional dishes have their own charm, people do want to try out new things.

“Traditional dishes have their own charm and they play with your memories, it is emotional. However, now people are becoming more open and are willing to register new and unique experiences.

“Our experience is that about 40 per cent of our customers are willing to accept the new and innovative approach, and this is an encouraging percentage to go ahead,” says Pankaj Sharma, Chef Dramz Whiskey and Bar.

Recreating the nostalgia of childhood, Cafe Dalal Street has a host of traditional dishes for their customers this Christmas eve with the first beer being charged at Re 1.

The place has laid out a four-course menu with Dalal Warm Christmas Punch, traditional roasted chicken with Sage and caramalised onion and roasted potato, seasonal vegetables with palm brandy sauce topped with a special Plum Cake with Brandy Sauce as the dessert.

Spiced Apple Pie. (Source: Thinkstock) Spiced Apple Pie. (Source: Thinkstock)

“People love to have traditional Christmas dishes because it gives them a flavour of the festival and also a sense of nostalgia of how they used to celebrate it when they were young,” says Vidit Gupta, Owner, Cafe Dalal Street.

In a bid to revive the childhood menus, Desi Roots has installed a Bioscope to showcase a yesteryear movie to all its patrons.

“The idea is to take patrons back to days when watching a movie scene enacted on a bioscope was more exciting than watching a 3D movie in a plush multiplex today. In our fast moving world around us, we’ve forgotten the joys that these simple activities used to give us. Desi roots wants its patrons to relive those golden days,” says Chef Santa Gupta, Desi Roots.

Aunty Sam’s Christmas table at Desi Roots includes recipes and dishes that cover the diverse Indian Christian community, Anglo Indians, the Syrian Christians amongst others.

The menu comprises items such as Uncle Special Potato Mince Rissoles to D’Souza House Sardines on Toast. From Philip’s Macaroni Pie to Syrian Fish Moilee’ to Peter Coconut Chicken to Garlic and Parsley Mish Mash Potato besides Plum Cake and Spice Pice Apple Slice Pie.

“Tradition is at the heart of Desi Roots menu. The idea is to churn out delicacies that are part of our growing, dishes and flavours that one never forgets albeit presenting them in a style which is contemporary.

“There is no intent to create any fusion of flavours but in the way modern serving techniques could be blended in so that the humble traditional dishes can be accepted and devoured in a nouveau setting. We want the young to know that ‘traditional is cool’,” says Chef Samta Gupta.

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