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It's celebrations galore

Chennai's eating joints have lined up special menus and interesting events to celebrate Christmas and New Year. A round-up of the exciting plans.

Bringing joy and cheer... Santa Claus at The Residency.

It's that time of the year when bells jingle, carols are sung, Santa Claus arrives at your doorstep with a whole lot of goodies and gifts, and yet another year dawns. A carnival-like atmosphere envelops the city, as it prepares itself for Christmas and New Year. Special mouth-watering menus at restaurants, discount sales at retail outlets, new restaurants opening shop...

To usher in the New Year in style, Mowbrays Inn (TTK Road, Ph: 4970555/4982305) has a whole lot of interesting events lined up. Couple can dine and dance by paying Rs 2,000, while youngsters can shake a leg or two to some live instrumental music (Rs 750 per head). `Barbeque under the Stars'... that is a poolside dinner buffet with a romantic touch on December 24 (Rs 250 plus tax)! Well, that's part of the Radisson GRT's plans to celebrate the festive spirit. That's not all. There's Turkey Pudding and Pie (special lunch on Dec 25 at Rs 350 plus tax) at the Garden Café, Kebabs with Christy (dinner on Dec 24 and 25, for Rs 600 per person) and Thanksgiving to Santa (from Dec 26 to 30), where there's a discount of 50 per cent (for two), 33 per cent (for three) and 25 per cent (for four) round the clock! To top it all, an all-kids ensemble will perform carols on Dec 23 and 25.

The Residency on G.N.Chetty Road, T. Nagar (Ph: 8253434). The hotel has a host of special offer in mind for its customers. It is planning a special Christmas lunch buffet (Rs. 300 plus tax), which includes traditional items such as the roast turkey with cranberry sauce and, raan biriyani. For desserts, there's a delectable variety. Plum pudding with brandy sauce, plum cake, special gateaux, yule log... what a treat for the tastebuds!

What is Christmas without Santa Claus? He will be there on Christmas eve and the following day to distribute sweets and gifts. Not just that, he will conduct an informal quiz contest for kids and of course give away gifts. There will also be a special tent card from December 24 to 30 where these delicacies will be available a la carte.

A mouth-watering menu at Paradise.

Meanwhile, Red-E Food Court has noble intentions. The eating joint will celebrate Christmas with the little sisters of the poor-home for the aged. And the buffet will feature cold roastturkey with cranberry sauce, soft chicken forestiere and scrumptious desserts... the yummy plum pudding with custard sauce and yule log. The buffet is available on Christmas eve (dinner) and Christmas day (lunch). Door delivery of the special menu is available through the Chetpet (Ph:8223622) and Alwarpet (Ph:4988554) outlets.

At Uppercrust (Alsa Mall, Egmore), one can choose from a mouth-watering range of pastries, including rare Jamaican coconut gateaux and apricot brulee.

Bulk orders are undertaken and the cakes are also available at Cascade (Nungambakkam), besides the Red-E outlets.

And what's Stop at Sam's (TTK Road, Ph: 4991067/4671039) offering? Well, not just the goodies but also Santa, who will actually ride a "one-horse open sledge". The event is on till December 26, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Café Coffee day has, meanwhile, opened its fourth café at Alsa Mall, Egmore to coincide with the festive season. Along with the choicest of coffees, non-coffee beverages, pastries and ice cream form part of the menu card.

The Paradise Restaurant on Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai (Ph:3741530), has started a special dinner buffet service all round the year. Salads, starters, soups, veg and non-veg dishes, biriyani, fried rice, rotis... all this and more for just Rs 140 per head (adults) and Rs 90 for children below 12 years.

So go ahead, revel in the spirit of Christmas and New Year.

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