Our pick of the best New Year’s Eve dinners for those who want to steer clear of the loud parties.
The Leela Palace
Citrus, Jamavar, Le Cirque and Zen at the iconic hotel host special dinners for New Year’s Eve. The highlight of the Citrus menu is their selection of seafood that includes oysters, mussels, octopus, lobster and more. Jamavar offers an a la carte menu which includes Palak methi chaman (spinach with fresh fenugreek), Gosht lal maas and more. Le Cirque’s must-haves include Roasted duck breast and pistachio leg confit croquette and Belgium confit pork belly. Zen will have sushi and sashimi counters that will serve an assortment of Sushi rolls, Temaki, Nigiri and Sashimi. Rs 5,500++ per person. At Old Airport Road. Details: 25211234.
The Taj West End
An intimate setting and a tranquil ambience with a sumptuous dinner menu is what Masala Club is offering this New Year’s Eve. Treat your family and loved ones to their five-course dinner that includes a kebab platter, Indian curries — both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, Indian breads, biryani and desserts, served with a glass of Moet. Rs 5,000 upwards. At Race Course Road. Details: 8066605660.
Wishing to dine in classic style as you usher in the New Year? Mezzaluna is the perfect place. The fine dining restaurant offers a six-course
candlelit dinner with authentic Italian dishes. Choose from Smoked salmon, Baked tortellini apple pie, Ravioli and Risotto which will be served with unlimited red and white wines. Rs 4,999. At Movenpick Hotel & Spa. Details: 43001000.
Welcome the New Year with a grand Italian feast. Cafe Mangii hosts a New Year’s Eve dinner with a festive set menu. Indulge your tastebuds as you try the Crostini di polenta made with grilled parmesan polenta cakes, Peperonata, Chive aioli, Jerk chicken olivetti which includes Scotch bonnet peppers fumed chicken supreme, Jerk mayo and pina colada dip, Grilled cottage cheese steak, Chicken pancetta envelope and more. Rs 999++ upwards. At UB City and Orion Mall. Details: 49653231.
Portland Steakhouse & Cafe
Located in a the calm neighbourhood of Brunton Road, this steakhouse offers an interesting new a la carte menu for New Year’s Eve. Pick from Celebration turkey with stuffing, pan gravy & orange cranberry sauce, Crispy duck with holiday seasoning, Holiday roast beef with herb pepper sauce, Happy Holiday salad — orange, pomegranate, cranberry, strawberry vinaigrette and Rich Christmas cake with creme anglaise. Rs 295 upwards. At Brunton Road, off MG Road. Details: 25593405.
The restaurant presents a special New Year’s Eve dinner that includes Mixed vegetable salad with lotus root, Hot and sour soup with shredded chicken, Sweet corn soup, Fried turnip cake with vegetables, Chicken coriander dumplings, Scallop shuimai, Pan-fried sesame pork bun and other delectable dishes. Rs 2,000++ upwards. At 1 MG Mall. Details: 9222222800.
If you’re the type who’d pick a quiet dinner date with a special someone over a glitzy shindig with the best DJs in town, you’re surely not alone. A long list of restaurants in the city have roped in musicians and bands to serenade you as you tuck into an elegant spread for a memorable New Year’s Eve. Read on to know more.
— Ayesha Tabassum.