Christmas with an Indian Twist

Why not enjoy an Indian twist to your Christmas feasting this year by heading to twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar's restaurants in Buckinghamshire this festive season?

In Marlow, Vaasu captures Atul’s spirit and passion for his native India, with menus taking inspiration from his intrepid travels, where British ingredients are also utilised throughout a parade of exceptional Indian dishes. Throughout December Vaasu is offering a 3 course lunch menu for £25 and they are open on Christmas Day, where guests will be served a five-course menu (£75 per-person) with highlights including Lake District lamb chops with roasted root vegetables; pan-roasted Atlantic turbot with Alleppey curry sauce; and classic Christmas pudding with brandy crème Anglaise. 
 
Also in Marlow, Sindhu at the Compleat Angler Hotel pays homage to Atul Kochhar’s love of Southern India, with traditional cuisine showcased in a contemporary manner. In the lead up to Christmas, Sindhu is offering a festive lunch menu (£29 per-person). Tuck into tandoori prawns, sprouts and chestnuts; turkey tikka with cranberry chutney and tikka masala gravy; and date and ginger sticky toffee pudding.
 
At The Crown Inn, in the picturesque town of Old Amersham, Hawkyns is located within a 16th-century coaching Inn. Here the approach to Indian cuisine is simple yet executed with tremendous attention to detail, with vibrant dishes boasting incredible flavours. In celebration of the festive season, Hawkyns is offering 3 course lunch menu for £25 and two distinct party menus, (£42 per-person), featuring a selection of favourites. Think Punjabi samosas with tamarind chutney; spiced lamb seekh kebabs with bell peppers; butter chicken; dal Makhani; halibut tikka; and an ice cream sandwich with dulce de leche, strawberry and berry compote to finish. The restaurant also offers private dining for up to 40 guests, with rustic period features and a huge Inglewood fireplace, perfect for special events.
 
Riwaz in Beaconsfield also showcases remarkable ingredients while paying homage to Atul Kochhar’s Indian upbringing, with a traditional fine dining menu served alongside set and tasting menus. Riwaz will serve a festive lunch menu (£25 per-person), and will also be open on Christmas Day. The Christmas lunch menu (£75 per-person) showcases dishes such as smoked salmon with avocado and garlic cream; Atul’s famous chicken tikka pie; and free-range roast turkey with traditional garnish. Riwaz’s has a selection of semi-private areas and a large outside terrace. 
 
Image credit: Rsembi Photography

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