Wine, plum cake, gingerbread cookies and eggnog - nothing spells Christmas more than a great amount of good Christmas-themed food! These treats that you ogled at in US television shows and the movies can now be enjoyed in saddi Dilli! Here are five Christmas treats and where you can find 'em.
1. Mulled wine
A few years ago while walking around the German Christmas Fair at the German Embassy, I had my first taste of mulled wine and was completely blown over. Now I’m always on the hunt for places that serve a glass. When the temperatures dip, a glass of mulled wine will not only warm your body, but your soul as well. The traditional festive beverage, usually made with red wine together with various spices and raisins, has been served hot or warm since time immemorial. Take a sip and it will truly start feeling like Christmas!
Where you can get a glass:
1. Coast Cafe, Hauz Khas Village - Rs 280 for a mug and Rs 1200 for a pitcher
Whenever I think of HKV, the Coast Cafe is the first thing that comes to my mind. Quintessentially a South Indian restaurant, its bar menu, with varieties of wine, will leave you gawking!
2. Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy, Sector 15, Gurgaon - Rs 375
With vintage-style decor - this place looks like a scene from a 1920’s movie! This is the place where you not only get world-class drinks, but also some great conversations!
3. The Hungry Monkey, Safdarjung Enclave - Rs 375
The bar mixes up cocktails in the most innovative manner. It serves its signature cocktails, the Old-Fashioned and the Manhattan classic as well as smoked. Look out for the special Christmas menu.
4. Perch Wine & Coffee Bar, Khan Market - Rs 500
As you walk in to this charming place, you’re engulfed in an aromatic air of herbs. With over 30 varieties of wine, look no further! This right here is the place for your wine fix!
5. Fio Cookhouse, Nehru Place - Rs 595 for a mug and Rs 2500 for a pitcher
Known for its Sunday brunches, Fio Cookhouse and Bar has an eclectic combo of contemporary Indian, European and Italian dishes and electrifying cocktails. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon!
Many of us are not familiar with this creamy booze-bomb but eggnog is a rich, heavy cocktail made with milk or cream, eggs, sugar and alcohol. Much as I don’t like the name, I have to admit I like the drink. Just what you need in December – a month when you want to slow down!
It’s a Christmas staple now in Delhi too and comes in many flavours. Eggspectation at Jaypee Siddharth is offering it in mocha, rum, spiced flavours and also a range of Christmas-themed punches from 18th to 25th December.
3. Plum cake
Holiday weight gain, here we come.…but winters are meant for that right? The Christmas festivities just don’t feel complete without plum puddings, plum cakes, carrot cakes or fruit cakes! A number of bakeries and home bakers are working on their Christmas menu to bring you the best of festive season.
1. Mad Batter, Chhattarpur - Rs 1100/kg
A home baker, Mad Batter will happily deliver to your home or office!
2. The Artful Baker, Khan Market - Rs 900 for 500g
Popular as a breakfast spot, this place serves up some French, pretty-as-picture desserts. Head over for a Christmas surprise!
3. The Big Chill Cakery, Khan Market - Rs 1866/kg
The Big Chill Cakery is a tiny bakery with the cutest decor and the yummiest desserts!
4. Meggish Patisserie, Lajpat Nagar 4 - Rs 350 for 500g
Meggish Patisserie from the house of Cake Palace has a live bakery and will bake you a cake the way you like it in just a matter of time!
5. Sugarbug, MG Road, Gurgaon - Rs 1000/kg
Sugarbug is about cakes, cupcakes, cookies, chocolates and tarts - with an innovation!
4. Gingerbread cookies
The traditional spiced cookies are just right for the festive season and almost every baker will bake you one! You can have ‘em in the classic gingerbread man shape, star, mistletoe or cute Rudolf!
Our favourites can be found at:
1. Angels In My Kitchen, Multiple outlets - Rs 175/pack
With 10 outlets in Delhi NCR, drop in and enjoy sweet and savory delights!
2. Mrs Kaur’s, Sultanpur - Rs 40 for 100g
Mrs Kaur’s is the name synonymous with premium bakery products. The cookies are definitely a must-try!
3. Defence Bakery, Defence Colony - Rs 70 for 200g
One of the oldest bakeries in South Delhi, Defence Bakery serves the best cakes, cookies, cupcakes, confectionery and other bakery items.
4. The Bombaykery, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon - Rs 270 for a jar
A baking wizard in Gurgaon, The Bombaykery serves up the sweetest delights! Visit for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons and festive goodies.
5. Bisque Bakery, DLF Phase 2, Gurgaon - Rs 575/kg
Everything at Bisque Bakery is absolutely delicious and you just cannot miss their cookies and pies!
5. Mince pies
A Christmas staple, these mince pies filled with juicy fruit bits are my favourite of all! The Christmas at The Leela Palace is about life-sized gingerbread house, gastronomic delights, festive weekends, entertainment and a lot more! The huge gingerbread house includes mince pies, dundee cakes, Christmas cookies, plum cakes, cupcakes and chocolates.
The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen has a whole spread of Christmas treats for "12 days of Christmas" and that includes mince pies. So if you’re in a mood for some mince pies, head over!