From hot cross buns and chocolate eggs filled with marzipan and praline bon bons to the classic brunch, a round-up of Easter dining essentials across the city.
THIS Sunday, take the Easter celebrations up a few notches with live music, lavish brunches, high tea and exotic goodies like Bavarian torte and tsoureki, besides the staples — candy-filled eggs, chocolate bunnies, egg hunts and hot cross buns. Pick your favourites from five-star hotels, cafes and independent bakers, who are all set with extravagant spreads and some surprise gifts for this weekend.
At Anise, Taj Coromandel, enjoy music by the band Medium Rare while you sample desserts like mud cakes and dry fruit coconut gateaux at their brunch buffet (Rs 1,950 onwards). At La Patisserie, try the custom-made chocolate bunnies (from Rs 90, details: 66002827). Meanwhile, The Verandah, at Vivanta by Taj – Connemara, will serve high-tea—including veggie burgers and spring onion tarts—with magicians and live piano to entertain. Kids can go egg hunting, too. From 3-6 pm. Rs 1,500. Details: 66000000
Big and small
appetites, The Hilton
With macaroons and cheese-stuffed hot cross buns in the children’s buffet, they can enjoy the egg hunt, balloon and tattoo zone, and the photo booth. Also grab Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies at Est. From 12 pm. For adults, an elaborate brunch for two at Vasco’s will include dishes like a honey and cinnamon-glazed ham leg and asparagus and artichoke crespelle. Rs 5,999. Details: 30855511
Raise a toast,
ITC Grand Chola
Nibble on cheese sushi and fish shao mao (at Pan Asian), and dine on roast chicken durby and truffle-scented tender pea soup (at Madras Pavilion) for brunch, at the ITC Grand Chola. Rs 2,195 onwards. Details: 22200000
Time for classics, Hyatt Regency
Indulge in Spice Haat’s brunch that includes stir-fried lamb, beef Wellington, peach-glazed ham, eggs Benedict casserole with hollandaise sauce and tsoureki (Greek Easter bread). Also, don’t miss the Easter treats—like chocolate eggs filled with candies and flavoured bread—at Biscotti. Brunch at Rs 2,150++ onwards. Details: 61001234.
Ciclo Cafe, L’Amandier
The café’s sangria (mocktail), Easter salad — made with tuna chunks — and pavlova with kiwi and strawberry are big draws for lunch and dinner. (Rs 165 onwards, details: 42048666). The bistro, L’Amandier, offers breakfast and brunch featuring dishes like carrot celery millet porridge and Irish vegan pie. Rs 399++ onwards. Details: 30853590
The French Loaf
Celebrating the spirit of Easter, savour traditional marzipan and chocolate eggs, and Argentine bread, among other staples (Rs 40 onwards). Surprise hampers also await the winners of a contest—where children between five and 12 years get to colour and create Easter eggs out of materials provided. Across all French Loaf outlets, till Sunday. Details: 32216627
Old Madras Baking Company
Cinnamon-flavoured hot cross buns with raisins will be on offer this Easter at the Old Madras Baking Company, known for their artisan breads. With no added preservatives, these are priced at Rs 50 each. Details: 42084422
Of tales & tiny tots, InterContinental
Walk into the hotel at Mahabalipuram to engage your tots (aged five and above) in storytelling and origami sessions, and an Easter treasure hunt. The winner will win a complimentary stay for the family. Also try the classic honey-glazed ham and bavaroise for brunch, with unlimited select spirits. From Rs 1,999++. Details: 71720101
For the first time, Westin will offer pizza topped with turkey mortadella at their Easter brunch. Also expect makai shazaadi, baby lobster tails and apple Bavarian torte. At Seasonal Tastes, from 12.30-4 pm. Rs 1,700 ++ onwards.
♦ Smitha Kuttayya, a city-based baker, will home deliver Simnel cakes and tarts, dressed and stuffed roast chicken, carrot cakes, chocolate mousse and Coorg-style pork curry this Easter. Rs 60 onwards. Orders close today. Service available till March 31.
♦ Cooked true to the Anglo-Indian style—with minimum spices and no additives—Anglo Aunty’s Takeaway offers beef Scotch egg, turkey biryani, turkey roast and turkey curry, available as combos and a la carte. Served for lunch and dinner, from 12 pm onwards. Rs 2,000 onwards for the combos. Details: 9884087177
Text: Lalitha Ranjani