The round-up: Feast of Christmas future – where to eat on Christmas Day
If the increasing number of decorations around town didn’t give it away, Christmas is fast approaching, which means you need to start planning your holiday celebrations ASAP. If you’ve been thinking about doing things differently this year, we’ve got a great suggestion. Forget telling your family to bring a plate, forget slaving away in a hot kitchen for hours, and forget doing the dishes when you should be napping your food sweats away. Christmas is all about enjoying yourself, so leave the meal prep and cooking up to the experts and relax this year. We’ve decided to give you your gift early in the form of this list of spots to chow down on Christmas Day, so now all you have to do is sort out your own present shopping (you should really get on that, we’re expecting something good).
Vintaged Bar + Grill: The Hilton’s home of fine dining is looking like a great spot to settle in for some Christmas feasting, with options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. Executive chef Matthew Wood has put together some sumptuous choices, including a full buffet at breakfast, a three-course lunch and a menu of vegetarian, vegan, seafood and grilled options at dinner.
Treasury Hotel: At Christmas time, the only word we like more than ‘presents’ is ‘buffet’. The Treasury Hotel is once again hosting a legendary buffet lunch that boasts some seriously indulgent fare, including locally sourced seafood, sweet treats and much more. The Treasury will also be getting into the spirit with carollers and plenty of Christmas-themed fun. Once the sun sets, The Lab Restaurant & Bar will be the place for Christmas dinner, boasting an exquisite menu designed with modern-Australian influences and traditional Christmas flavours including the likes of Cone Bay barramundi, veal with smoked garlic potato, or Bendele farm organic chicken breast.
Bacchus: If you can hold out until the evening (or if you want to double dip in your holiday dining), Bacchus in South Bank is hosting a special dinner service for this joyous day. The dinner includes a lavish seafood buffet and a beverage package that will help you cap off the Christmas period in style.
Popolo: This year why not enjoy Christmas Italian style at South Bank’s Popolo? Be greeted upon arrival with an Aperol spritz before tucking in to an array of goodies including freshly shucked oysters, an antipasto selection, crispy artichoke, slow-roasted Gippsland porchetta, rigatoni with ndjua, Gold Coast tiger prawns and more.
Sofitel: Turbot Street’s Sofitel is giving everyone multiple opportunities to celebrate the Yuletide period, with events taking place throughout Christmas Day. Start the day with a stellar breakfast at Thyme2 from 6:30 am, or save your stomach space for later in the day with a Christmas Day lunch or dinner. If you really want to go all out this Christmas, Sofitel’s Ballroom Le Grand is hosting a humungous feast with mouth-watering seafood, turkey, ham, roasted vegetables and Christmas pudding.
Thomson’s Reserve: The swanky surrounds of The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites makes for a great staycation destination, while Thomson’s Reserve doubles as a divine dining option – even at Christmas. Head chef Anthony Hales will be dishing up the goods on Christmas Day with a menu that features the likes of prawns and oysters on arrival, pork belly stuffed with pancetta, onion and spices and served with sautéed kale and mustard, apple ribbons with raisin and cinnamon, as well as a three-hour beverage package to help the holiday cheer flow.
Jamie’s Italian: Trust Jamie Oliver to remember our Christmas present. What a legend! Jamie’s Italian in The City will be offering a festive menu until the end of the year, including a mammoth feast option that includes retro prawn cocktails, beef carpaccio, pea and mint arancini, chargrilled fillet steaks, roasted mulloway and festive dark chocolate tarts.
River Quay Fish: Summer Christmas means one thing – seafood. River Quay Fish is putting on a dynamo spread of delights, with a Christmas Day lunch offering up a three course set menu. Also of note, all kids will receive a Christmas stocking gift on arrival.
WATT and New Farmer’s Kitchen: Although we sometimes dream of white Christmases, we have to admit that summer feasts make Aussie Christmases pretty special. WATT in New Farm is a great spot to take advantage of some bonza Brisbane weather, with a four-course shared feast available across two sittings on Christmas Day. Good food, drink and views? Where do we sign?
The Euro: On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to us, five delicious courses at The Euro. That’s right – the kitchen at this inner-city destination will be firing to deliver the likes of Gold Coast tiger prawns, king fish sashimi, homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli, roasted Tasmania lamb rack and pistachio and white chocolate panna cotta.
Oxford 152: Aside from the North Pole, Oxford 152 is one of the liveliest spots on Christmas Day. This year is going to be no exception, with a Christmas Day buffet filled with traditional Christmas treats, seafood, salad and dessert. You can also expect a visit from Santa (if you are on the nice list, that is).
Kookaburra River Queen: If you really want to shake things up this Christmas, hit the water for a festive feast above the Kookaburra Queen. This iconic paddle boat is hosting a scenic breakfast buffet cruise and a Christmas-themed seasonal buffet for dinner, with unbeatable atmosphere and river views making for a picturesque Christmas experience.
Stamford Plaza: When stuck for a present idea, it’s always nice to have options. The team at Stamford Plaza agrees, which is why the Brisbane City destination has provided us with several Christmas dining options this year. Take in a Christmas Day buffet lunch or dinner, or celebrate on Christmas Eve with a huge smorgasbord of delights including succulent seafood, traditional roasts and delightful desserts.
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