Where to dine out in Brisbane this Christmas
Christmas is a time for family, festivity … and food. Just because you choose not to toil over the hot oven on a stinking-hot summer’s day, doesn’t mean you’ll be going hungry this Christmas. Check out the local bars and restaurants hosting epic seafood feasts and beverage packages across Brisbane.
Opt for an Italian twist on the traditional Christmas meal this year with three delicious set menus on offer at The Spaghetti House Trattoria. Forget the glazed ham and set your eyes upon a bowl of hearty pasta, fresh panzanella salad and liqueur-based desserts. More Italian goodness is available at River Quay’s Popolo restaurant, which will open at 11:30 am on Christmas Day for an epic eight-course shared banquet. The recently opened Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane City will also be open for Christmas feasting, with slow-cooked duck leg, baked rotolo and the signature antipasti planks on the menu.
If you’ve been pining for the festive spirit of a traditional German Christmas, the Bavarian Bier Cafe will be offering up both its a la carte menu and set menu options, featuring roast pork, turkey schnitzel and plum pudding with brandy anglaise and gingerbread dust. For Eastern European fare, head to Torba Restaurant & Lounge in South Bank, where guests will receive a complimentary glass of white wine with every meal purchased, as you chew along to live jazz music. If you’re in the mood for a Japanese fix, Eagle Street Pier’s Saké restaurant will be adding a few festive touches to traditional Japanese fare, as well as offering a Sake Discovery Session. The Euro in Brisbane City will be serving Brisbane bellies with a five-course Christmas lunch featuring dishes like house-made chorizo, Mooloolaba prawns and braised Bangalow pork shoulder, as well as a smaller children’s menu for little Christmas revellers.
Cove Bar and Dining in South Bank will offer a gourmet Christmas lunch alongside sweeping city views come December 25, with dishes such as roasted squash with beef carpaccio, roast rolled pork with crackling and hand-cut Hasselback potatoes, and a summer berry pavlova on the menu. Petrie Terrace venue Libertine is also offering to do the hard work for you, by dishing up an indulgent eight-course Christmas lunch next Thursday. Vintaged Bar + Grill will be hosting three separate Christmas feasts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a special Yuletide tea.
Sofitel Brisbane Central will be holding its celebrations within Thyme2 Restaurant and Ballroom Le Grand, with free-flowing French sparkling making breakfast a very fun affair indeed, and a seafood buffet with obligatory Christmas desserts, complimentary bon bons, a visit from Santa and live music on offer for both lunch and dinner. Lennons Restaurant & Bar in Queen Street will be cooking up a three-course meal with free-flowing craft beer and wine, plus a glass of Chandon on arrival. The Diana Plaza Hotel in South Bank will be loading up the seafood buffet from 12:00–2:00 pm, with plenty of festive decorations and free on-site parking available. Seafood will also be the order of the day at The Stamford, with a divine lunch and dinner plus a beverage package on offer. Pullman Brisbane in King George Square has also hit the high seas to bring you a Christmas Day Seafood Buffet, which will take place in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Alternatively, those hoping to get out of Brisbane can take a trip to Mon Komo Hotel in Redcliffe for a full Christmas buffet overlooking ocean views.
If you get your gift wrapping finished early this year, head to Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess in Fortitude Valley for a few cheeky drinks until midnight on Christmas Eve.
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