A Christmas Experience in India

In Bangalore, India, at the beautiful Oberoi hotel, my husband and I had a perfect Christmas experience. First we stopped at their real! gingerbread "chalet" just outside their lobby and ordered some spiced rolls for Christmas breakfast, and stollen for Christmas dessert. Next we shopped at their gift shop -- small but packed with goodies -- and found a nutrition book I'm going to love for Christmas.

Then of course we stuffed ourselves! At their restaurant Le Jardin, which offers a buffet as well as a-la-carte. Delicacies included (there were zillions!)
Breads with Hummus, and also that Middle Eastern yogurt dip
Shrimp and Coconut Milk Soup
Shiitake Mushrooms and Watercress and Ginger with a Japanese sauce
Yogurt Vada (Indian savory doughnuts with a sweet yogurt sauce with delicate spices)
Chicken Tikka (grilled marinated Indian chicken) served with Mint Sauce
Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Salad
Shrimp and Cucumber in a French dressing
Oberoi's Own Smoked Meats, Sausages, served with Salads
Oberoi's Own Mineral Water
A made-to-order plate of swiss cheese, walnuts, and dried fruit
Tenderloin served with a bean ragout and polenta
Bay of Bengal Fish
Basil Mashed Potatoes
and for dessert amazing beauties like...
Peach and Ginger Parfait
Chocolate Pie
Berry and Chocolate Cake
Rasmalli (Indian milk sweet in a milky sauce topped with pistachios)
A northern South Asian dessert made of carmelized sugar and dried apricots
And of course we lingered over their own blends of Indian coffee for him, and tea for moi.

(Note that though this is a re-post from 2011, my husband recently had reason to visit India and found that the Oberoi is as marvelously perfect as ever!)