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    Hotels across the city have prepared elaborate spreads to make this Christmas extra-special

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    Indulge your sweet-tooth in the specials at La Patisserie, Taj Coromandel. Dig into the rum chocolate torte, berry and spice eclairs, hazelnut cake and a different kind of plum cake with plum mousse and marzipan. If you like yule logs, then you will be pleased to find flavours such as pistachio and praline, berry and passion, and double chocolate. Rs 60 per piece onwards. Details: 66002827

    Carol reef
    Soak in the carols (December 22-24) and live music at Vivanta by Taj–Fisherman’s Cove, while digging into their seafood specials. The catch of the day at Bay View turns into fillets, plus there are grilled tiger prawns, and more. At Upper Deck, expect grilled lamb chops, artichoke and waterchestnut-filled potatoes and more. Desserts include choco caramel mousse and plum cake. From Rs 2,500 plus taxes onwards. Details: 67413333

    Carved perfectionhoppipola
    At The Park, reach out for the roast turkey carving, and the honey and mustard-glazed ham (grilled pineapple and ham glaze). There will also be appam and idiyappam counters, an Asian curry noodle bar, sushi and more. Among the mains, try the Malabar tenderloin (Kerala-style beef masala with fennel seeds, and the Moplah elaichi biryani (lamb layered with jeera sauce). Desserts include specials like apple duff with cinnamon honey cream and the Dresden drunken marzipan fruit stollen. Details: 42676000

    Basket of goodies
    From Zuka, take home a goodie basket consisting of a dark chocolate bar, a semi-sweet bar of roasted almonds, a smooth and creamy white chocolate bar, chocolate-coated butterscotch pearls and almonds, plus praline biscottis. You will also be delighted to find an assorted pack of 12 artisanal chocolate ganaches, pralines and truffles. Rs 3,250 plus taxes. Details: 42061404

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    First up at Hyatt Regency is a special four-course set menu highlighted by creations like smoked turkey ham with frisée salad, red grapes, pecorino flakes and quail eggs, plus asparagus risotto with gorgonzola cheese fondue. Then there are Christmas-eve specials like hot smoked Atlantic salmon with saffron caper aioli and brioche bread, spice chard ravioli and a slow-cooked roasted turkey with natural jus, dry fig and date walnut crumble. Details: 61001234

    For the totscourtyard
    The Residency has some exciting activities in store, besides a special dinner with live counters. There will be a magic show for the kids, while on another corner, a tattoo artist will amaze children with some cool designs. You can also bring out your creative side by trying your hand at balloon art. At Rs 899.

    Dine in style
    There are two dinners to look forward to at the ITC Grand Chola, at Madras Pavilion and Ottimo Cucina Italiana. At the latter, expect dishes like smoked salmon cannoli, radish mayo and green asparagus, red cabbage broth with pumpkin and sweet potato, black cod ravioli in prosciutto broth with pork, and more. If you like the sharpness of basil, then try the basil and mozzarella tortellini with tomato water coulis. The parmesan and potato dumpling with vegetable ragout and burnt butter sauce is also a good option. On December 24.
    7 pm to 11.30 pm. From Rs 2,800 plus taxes. Details: 22200000

    Four for surereel-cafe1
    First up at Hyatt Regency is a special four-course set menu highlighted by creations like smoked turkey ham with frisée salad, red grapes, pecorino flakes and quail eggs, plus asparagus risotto with gorgonzola cheese fondue. Then there are Christmas-eve specials like hot smoked Atlantic salmon with saffron caper aioli and brioche bread, spice chard ravioli and a slow-cooked roasted turkey with natural jus, dry fig and date walnut crumble. Details: 61001234

    Plum bowled
    Paprika Cafe at Courtyard by Marriott has prepared a list of Christmas specials for the sweet-toothed. From a minced pie and plum cake
    to stollen bread and more, there’s enough to choose from. Follow-up with a lunch buffet at the hotel. Details: 667644000

    Mini treatsStollen Recipe
    The kids will have a ball at Reel Cafe, where they can choose from mini pizzas, burgers, desserts and also
    take home goodie bags. At Piece of Cake, the goodie bags are filled with gingerbread cookies, chocolates, cupcakes and plum cakes.
    Details: 9791393555, 9940489976

    Stollen secrets
    Park Hyatt has prepared a giant Gingerbread House in its lobby, with a totally edible exterior! At the House, you can pick from plum cakes, minced pies, cinnamon-spiced apple and cranberry jam pie puffs, Earl Grey bitter chocolate cakes, stollen bread and more. Don’t miss the selection of cookies, maple and cinnamon-glazed ham, and Christmas pudding.
    Details: 71771234

    While home-bakers are pulling out all stops to offer the best from their ovens, can hotels and cafés be far behind?
    We bring you the scrummiest festive specials from hotels and restaurants in the city. Text: Karan Pillai

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