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    Chefs make a case for their 31st night and New Year offerings

    ITC1Pondicherry’s best
    @ Madras Pavillion
    Madras Pavilion at ITC Grand Chola have themed their New Year’s Eve dinner around Pondicherry, and junior sous chef Sandeep Kapoor asks you not to leave without trying the buttermilk sorbet with poached prawn and the chocolate bombe shell (part of the buffet, starting from Rs2,250 onwards). Ottimo offers a set menu (Rs2,500 onwards) to end the year. Italian chef Massimo Gullotta says the Fantasia capodanno (New Zealand lamb cutlet) and blue cheese vegetable canelloni are not to be missed. Details: 22200000
    Foie_gras_IMGP2356Foie gras station
    @ Spectra
    One of the many highlights at The Leela Palace is their New Year’s Eve buffet at Spectra. A quick chat with executive sous chef Avinash Mohan highlights scallops stations (Thai, Spanish, etc), raan stations (Afghani, Pakistani and Lucknowi versions) and one dedicated to foie gras. Also look out for special desserts like the tab tim grob, courtesy chef Nisa Yimthong. Stop at the dessert buffet at The Cake Shop. At Rs6,500 plus tax. Details: 33661234
    leek-n-chive-dumpling-01Wok action
    @ Golden Dragon
    Chef William Ho promises specials from the wok as part of the New Year menu that will be showcased at Golden Dragon, the signature Oriental restaurant of Taj Coromandel. Chef Ho says that their hot and sour cucumber salad, leek and chive dumplings, and rum-soaked raisin and banana pie are not to be missed. At Rs`4,250 per person with a select bar, from 8 pm till 12.45 am. Southern Spice offers a special New Year menu wit a select bar at Rs4,250 per person. Dine at their private dining rooms at an additional 25 per cent per person. Details: 66002827
    PARK2Baked bhetki
     @ 601
    601 at The Park has three buffets on offer. Start with a multi cuisine New Year’s eve buffet (Rs3,333) with unlimited house wine and a midnight buffet (Rs1,000 plus tax) for some after-party snacking. At their New Year brunch (Rs2,000 plus tax) on January 1, look out for the baked bhetki with Roman artichokes and cherry tomato and Cointreau macerated winter berry gateau that come recommended by Rajesh Radhakrishnan, their director of food production. Details: 42676000
    Mixed bag
    @ Burgundy’s
    New Year’s Eve sees a collaboration between Burgundy’s and The B Bar for an unlimited spread with select beverages. With pastry tarts, kal dosas, thin-crust pizzas, a cheese platter, turkey and more, this one is for those who want a bit of everything. Priced at Rs3,300 per head or Rs6,200 per couple. Details: 49001000

     

     

     

     

    Text: Ryan Peppin
    Pics: R Satish Babu, P Ravikumar

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