Taste The Season - Christmas Special Buffet @ Gossip Bistro

This place needs no introduction. The moment I saw their Christmas menu on their FB page, I knew where I'll be having dinner on christmas eve. Lovely decor and every inch of the place was screaming Xmas is here :) A specially designed, extensive menu for Xmas covering each and everything associated with christmas. I ate like a pig is an understatement.

Sangria served on the table as a welcome drink was perfect. Cheese twists, caraway biscuits and few different varieties of bread were served on the table along with roasted red pepper hummus, pesto and chicken liver pate. Hummus and pesto were delicious. I don't eat spare parts and hence didn't like the pate. But friend seemed to like it a lot. Roast chicken and pear soup with blue cheese, corn and champagne ice cubes was warm, creamy, mildly sweet and the chicken was melt in the mouth types. Black mushroom soup with vodka cream and spiced curry leaf powder was equally good.

There were three veg salads and three non veg salads along with assorted cheese platter, cold cuts with spreads and bread. Spiced Ratotouille salad was good. Spiced lamb mince and noodle salad was brilliant with a strong corriander dressing. Baked beef fillet was a little tough. But loved the cream which was a mix of mushroom, mustard and leeks.

Fantabulous is the word I have to describe the main course. Every single meat - Be it the turkey, sole fish, chicken, lamb and duck was tender and juicy. Roasted and sliced turkey, stuffed with chicken liver pate served with apple and cranberry sauce was as Christmas-y as it can get. While I loved the turkey with apples and cranberries, didn't like the stuffing cause of the liver :( Diced roast lamb was excellent with peppers, garlic and oyster sauce. Kurumolagu kozhi roast with potato sticks was spicy and went well with parotta. Tharavu roast aka the duck curry was clear winner for me. With pepper dominating the curry and the juicy duck oh boy it was fantastic. I didn't venture much on the veg side. Few things I had like the Mille feuille of vegetables, dal makhani were pretty good.

One thing that attracted me more rite from the beginning was the dessert section. Xmas pudding with butter-brandy sauce was awesome. Boozy fruity trifle, mince pies, port wine jelly were good. Loved the stewed fruits with orange liquor and ice cream. Chocolate mousse with mild orange hint was so smooth and yummy. Gulab jamun in saffron and milk syrup was delicious. Rasamalai tres leches was very moist and tasted good, but I personally needed it to be on the sweeter side.

Service was prompt and I felt the place was cramped up a little due to the buffet counter at the centre. Overall a fantastic meal on the eve of Christmas.

Buffet is priced at 999+ taxes per head. It's a special menu and will be avaialble only for lunch today (25-12-2016).

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