Whenever it is the festive season, all I look forward to is good food. Oh, I’ve already begun dreaming of roasted turkey, plum pudding, raisin-stuffed pies and fruitcake. With the tall and brightly-lit Christmas tree on one corner and the whole room smelling of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peels, the table is laden in the centre and filled with lip-smacking delicacies. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of holiday season. Following this, the countdown to Christmas begins. Since we’ll be celebrating Christmas a few days from now, the preparation of the décor and the lavish feast is in full swing. 

My uncle, who is now settled in London, sends us pictures of Christmas time there and boy! Are we jealous? My mother and I are smothered by the beautifully lit up streets and the overall holiday vibe. On the day of Christmas, they have a ritual of going for a Christmas special brunch and all we do is wait for their pictures to arrive. Everything seems so tempting that it becomes hard to resist. Since they’ve been having a gala time all these years, I’ve decided to head to a Christmas brunch with my family in Delhi. 

To my surprise, there are a host of places which offer exquisite Christmas brunch menus that will leave you gob smacked. If you’re planning on making the day special this year, keep a lookout for these places for a toothsome brunch experience. 

1.  Spectra 

The multi-cuisine restaurant housed inside the luxury hotel, The Leela Ambience, Spectra is well-known for its lavish buffets and delectable spreads. If you’re looking for all the Christmas classics along with a live counter and festive cocktails, this is the place to be. This five-star hotel brunch will leave you smothered in ways unknown. 

Source: The Leela Gurugram/Instagram 

Where: DLF Phase III, Sector-24, Gurugram, Haryana 

Cost: INR 3750 (non-alcoholic) plus taxes 

2.  1911 Restaurant 

Be ready to soak in the winter sun and relish the lip-smacking roast turkey, beer chicken, antipasti and more at the 1911 lawns this Christmas season. Head to one of the most lavish brunch feasts at The Imperial with no dearth of puddings, pies, cakes and all things sweet. 

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Where: 1911 Lawns, The Imperial, New Delhi

Cost: INR 4500 + taxes per person without alcohol and INR 2300 + taxes per child

3.  Pullman And Novotel

The wide streets and lush greens leading to the elite food hub, Aerocity near the IGI airport in Delhi, is home to several luxurious hotels and restaurants. Pullman and Novotel offer special Christmas feasts around this time of the year so be ready to gobble glazed ham, live roasted turkey, plum pudding and more. Being held at the Farmer's Basket and Food Exchange, devour the best of Christmas treats here.

Source: PullmanNewDelhiAerocity/Instagram 

Where: New Delhi Aerocity, IGI Airport, Delhi 

Cost: Starting at INR 2250 plus taxes per person

4.  Anna Maya 

The artisanal house of exquisite European delicacies is also well-known for its Christmas brunches. The place is beautifully done and the menu is quite extensive. Relish the cold cuts along with a sip of mulled wine while pleasant Christmas carols ring in the background. 

Source: Annamaya Delhi/Instagram 

Where: Hotel Andaz, IGI Airport, Delhi 

Cost: INR 2300 onwards 

5.  Viet:nom

Breathtaking views of Christmas lights that light up the entire Cyber hub, Vietnom is tucked away in one corner. This Vietnamese restaurant is offering some irresistible Christmas brunches this season. From live roast turkey to glazed buff salad, you've got some of the best things on the menu to savour. 

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Where:  DLF CyberHub, DLF Phase 2, Sector 24, Gurugram, Haryana 122002

Cost: Brunch with mocktails: 2500++ ,Sparkling Brunch: 3999++

6.   The Knot

At this newly-opened hub in the city, you'll find no dearth of Instagrammable spots at this restaurant. This time, it's their first Christmas ever and they're offering you a lavish buffet brunch in a breathtaking ambience. Tantalising desserts to charcuterie platters and seafood, you will be spoilt for choice. 

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Where: The Knot, Eros International Trade Tower, Nehru Place

Cost: INR 4999 onwards