Taste Tracker: How Restaurants are Bringing in The Festive Delight in Menu
Taste Tracker: How Restaurants are Bringing in The Festive Delight in Menu

The end of the year is always a special time when there is a nip in the air and joy all around. Not just India but the world is ringing into a festive delight and to celebrate this, restaurants across the globe are coming up with new and innovative menu this season. From local ingredients, seasonal favourites to most ordered items on the restaurant menu; restaurants have brought the best for the diners this winter.

What’s the top ingredient?

Nestled in a 160-year-old haveli overlooking the city’s revered Qutub Minar, CHÔ- Vietnamese Kitchen and bar is all set to bring in New Winter Menu exclusively curated by Chef Vaibhav Bhargava. CHÔ has always strived to curate something unique but with strong street flavors from Vietnam.

The new winter menu at CHO is a fusion of inspiration from Vietnam street hawkers, most skilled and endlessly experimental and ranges from dishes like Belgium Pork Skewers , From Sizzling Stone Bowl: Vietnamese Nah Trang Rice, Ba’nh Khot,Tiger Prawns, Vietnamese Fried Chicken Tacos, Lemongrass Tofu and many more. 


CHÔ has always been heavy on dining and the shift in perspective from just a dine-in place to a high-energy dine-in space is a challenge. The new winter menu boasts an exclusive array of Vietnamese cuisine with an addition of Charcoal grilled section and sharing hot pot curated by their culinary team”, shared Chef Vaibhav.

Similarly, Juhu’s popular, all day diner, ‘Cafe 49’ has introduced an extra present this Christmas, their newly launched Holiday Menu which will be available from 15th December to 30th December, 2022 had a dash of the seasonal and festive vibe. Be it a warm and creamy cheese fondue, a heavenly and delightful chocolate fondue, a fresh strawberry dessert or simply a cup of their Signature hot chocolate, they have it all covered.


The cafe has put together a diverse menu which includes Chef Specials such a Fresh Strawberry Salad - made with roasted walnuts, baby spinach, feta cheese and homemade honey-mustard dressing, Strawberry and Cream Cheese Mille-Feuille,  Strawberry Rocky Road Brownie and a Le Fraiser Dessert Tub

Cafe 49

Located in Delhi & Gurgaon, Dhansoo Cafe, known for its delicious regional menu and indulging desserts, is all set to create an unforgettable experience with their ‘New Menu’, which allow customers to choose from a variety of flavours and combinations.

“Winters are here and so is the new menu with dishes from different regions of India curated by Chef Ashish Singh,” shared the release.

Dhansoo Café’s new menu includes a host of exciting culinary creations to tease the palate of their patrons starting from Paya Rasam, Re Invented Chicken 65, Mutton Galouti, Fitu Aloo, Chicken Beli Wala, Chicken Boti Wala , Dhansoo Fish Curry And many more.

What’s cooking at 5-star hotels?

When it comes to innovating and playing with ingredients, 5-star hotels are also not left behind and are bringing in the true essence of festive cheer with an indulgent spread and offers at their property.

With winter at its peak and New Year around the corner, it's that time of the year again to celebrate and soak into the festive spirit. This year JW Marriott Kolkata is all geared up to bring in the holiday season of Christmas and New Year with vehemence and glee on 24th, 25th,31st December 2022 and 1st January 2023 respectively.

JW Kolkata

The in-house culinary team of the property has masterfully curated a wide range of festive delicacies to tantalise the taste buds of the patrons on 24th and 25th December.

“Indulge in an array of national and international cuisines and menus like ‘Chicken popcorn with cheesy pesto dip’, ‘Arancini Cheese Balls cocktail dip’, ‘Crisp Thin Crust Italian Pizza’, ‘Turkish Pide’, ‘Portuguese Roast Chicken with Spicy Green Sauce’, ‘Brazilian Seafood Stew with spices and coconut’ to name a few,” shared a company spokesperson. Additionally, guests can relish the quintessential festive spread from the live stations like ‘Pasta and Risotto Station’, ‘Pizza Station’, ’Chicken Shawarma Station’ and  ‘Grill Stations’ to name some.

On New Year’s Eve, the hotel brings in the spirit of revelry with piquant and flavorful delicacies, where patrons get to delve into the chef's signature dishes like, ‘Drums of Heaven’, ‘Fish Finger’‘Lobster Bisque’ and ‘Chicken Shawarma with Roasted eggplant with onions and bell peppers’ alongside foot tapping live band performance. For food aficionados, the hotel has crafted a diverse spread of live counters like, ‘Craving Station’, ‘Grill Station’, ‘Thai Curry Station’, Pasta and Risotto Station’, ‘Pizza Station’ and ‘Kabab Station’ available on 31st December 2022 to 1st of January 2023 at JW Kitchen.

Similarly, one can welcome the Christmas holidays with exciting dining options at the Sheraton Grand Hotel at Brigade Gateway in Bengaluru. The hotel has kicked off a 5 course dinner on  Christmas Eve at the exotic Persian Terrace paired with their house special Mulled Wine, a hearty Sangria and of course select premium red and white wines to sip and listen to the top hits by music band Jukebox.

For a Brunch with a view, the hotel invites its patrons to the 31st floor of the World Trade Center to dine in style with an option to be seated at the premium Asian restaurant Horizon with plush interiors or at the vibrant High Dine open to the skies and surrounded by the lush green views of the city.


“From delicate Dim sums, hand rolled Sushi to the fragrant Thai dishes, artisanal pizzas, the traditional Biriyanis, there is something for every taste bud,” shared the statement.

And, this is not the end, Pilibhit House, IHCL SeleQtions in Haridwar, is all set to host an unforgettable holiday season with an array of luxe offerings. Curated indulgences, evenings filled with music and festive cheer and elaborate gala dinners, promise to delight patrons.  

The aristocratic noble house will be decked up in yuletide spirit with every corner making a picturesque setting. Guests can look forward to a specially crafted menu comprising classic delicacies and everyone’s favourite holiday treats! A meeting with Santa, live carol session and melodic performance of the Little Angels Anthem, is sure to warm hearts.

Pilibhit House


To make New Year celebrations grander, Pilibhit House will kick start festivities with a traditional High Tea leading to a night of immersive dining experiences. Pilibhit House’s talented culinary team helmed by Chef Mani Mohan Pathak, has prepared a sumptuous gourmet odyssey at the restaurant and elegant alfresco dining spaces.


“Indulge in world-class vegetarian fare from a myriad of Indian, Italian and Oriental dishes while you take in mesmerising views of the river. Live band performances and entertainment acts will add a magical touch to the ambiance,” added chef Pathak.

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