'Angels in my Kitchen', a patisserie here has stocked its counters with plum cakes, specially made for Christmas, in various sizes. They are also offering a Christmas Plum Pudding which is bathed in rum to be set aflame on the Christmas Eve. Other treats available at their outlets include mince pies, Christmas cookies and Yule Log cakes.
"We have made a Gingerbread Village with a total of 5 houses, including a shoe house, made entirely of ginger cookies. We also have an edible Christmas tree which is 6 feet tall," says Bijoy Majhi of Angels. All these installations, he says are on display at their Cyber Hub outlet in Gurgaon.
The Leela Palace has set up a life-size gingerbread house, fashioned out of 1200 bricks of freshly baked gingerbread on the outside and over 1000 gingerbread tiles on the inside. It also includes royal icing bejeweled with wreaths, traditional Christmas lights, stars, baubles, and gold foil decorations.
With people across different religions participating in celebrations, menus are customised according to demand. Chef Rakesh Pandey of the The Park says the hotel has set up ham stations and live turkey carving sessions.
Cafe Knickerbockers, a designer cake shop offering only vegetarian cakes in Kailash colony has dabbed red, green and gold, the colours of the season as they say, on many cakes.
"We're doing a lot of cupcakes, cookies and plum cakes. Traditionally plum cakes are soaked in rum, so we do this two
months in advance for the flavour to penetrate well," says Rttika Takhr of Cafe Knickerbockers. Takhr shares that people are demanding traditional goodies to celebrate the festival, "so stars, candy canes, Santa Claus, elves, glittering trees are being made in hundreds".
However not everyone seems to be celebrating with cake as fine dine outlets like 'Sattvik' in Saket set to celebrate the festival with North Indians treats of the season like 'Sarson ka Saag and Makke ki roti', 'Moong dal Halwa' and 'Gajar ka Halwa' in addition to a colourful Christmas ambience.
Delhi is also offering the South Indian style of Christmas celebration for its people. Zambar, that serves cuisines of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, is set to host a special buffet feast that includes dishes from the Malabar region.Thirty exotic dishes from south like cashew chicken, onion 'theeyal' and pumpkin erissery are on offer. Zambar's chef Arun Kumar's Duck Roast and Tenderloin Fry will also be a part of the Christmas special menu.
Bringing the Mexican-style Christmas feast, Rodeo which serves Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, will present a special buffet on Christmas and Christmas eve designed by Chef Sanjay that includes roast turkey with cranberry sauce, almond soup and the savory dessert of plum pudding with custard sauce.