The round-up: stomach stuffers over stocking stuffers – where to eat on Christmas Day
With Halloween now in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to take stock of what’s ahead. The biggest holiday milestone on the horizon is Christmas and, whether you’re ready or not, it’s coming fast. The Christmas Day celebration is one of the most joyous and frustrating aspects of the festive season. In addition to dealing with cantankerous in-laws, gift wrapping and ensuring cookies are laid out for Santa, you’ve got a whole meal (or several meals) to prepare. Well, what if you let someone else take care of the cooking this year? Christmas is all about enjoying yourself, so leave the meal prep and cooking up to the experts and relax. 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, Brisbane City: If you’re like us, you want to make the most out of your Christmas Day dining, which means partaking in breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are so inclined, Vintaged Bar + Grill at Hilton Brisbane can let you indulge from morning to night. Rise early for breakfast, which offers up the likes of seasonal fruit-mince pies and freshly baked breakfast pastries, Danishes, panettone, glazed Christmas ham, sliced turkey breast, bacon and omelettes cooked to order. At lunch, be treated to a three-course feast featuring morsels including fresh Australian seafood, roast Berkshire pork and crispy crackling served with honey-roast parsnips, steamed Christmas pudding with brandy crème Anglaise and candied citrus fruits, plus more. Once the sun sets, loosen your belt for one more round with Vintaged Bar + Grill’s a la carte menu, featuring grass-fed Australian beef, sustainably sourced seafood and an expertly curated wine list to match your menu selection. Book in for your choice of meal (or all three, if you really want to feast), and celebrate Christmas in style. Email [email protected] to secure your spot.
The Westin, Brisbane City: Christmas is all about pushing the limits of our stomach capacity, and no meal gives us the opportunity to test our capabilities like a buffet. The Westin’s ballroom will be the site of a sumptuous Christmas Day lunch buffet, encompassing local produce, a plethora of seafood morsels and a dessert station showcasing Christmas goodies. In addition to the fare, guests can partake in a three-hour beverage package while enjoying live entertainment, lucky door prizes and a visit from Santa Claus. Secure your spot here.
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Petrie Terrace: A full-blown Christmas feast at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is always an unforgettable holiday experience, and Christmas Day 2019 is set to be no exception. This Caxton Street icon will be pulling out all the stops this year, offering a set menu of fresh succulent seafood, roast turkey, baked ham and pudding, plus guests can expect a visit from Santa, Christmas carollers and a three-hour beverage package for adults. For booking details, click here.
Persone, Brisbane City: Gambaro’s younger sibling is also getting into the festive spirit, with an afternoon of culinary indulgence sure to set tastebuds alight. Set to a backdrop of river views, Persone’s Christmas Day guests will be treated to a set menu of antipasti, succulent fresh lobster, roast porchetta, traditional roast vegetables and salads, and a delicious Christmas-themed dessert. That’s not all – adults can opt for a three-hour beverage package, soft drinks and juice is available for teenagers and children, and Santa will be stopping by to drop off some gifts for the kids! Click here for more details.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: There are many good reasons why dining out on Christmas is a great idea, but perhaps chief among them is the fact you don’t need to cook or clean. Three Blue Ducks at W Brisbane is taking the stress out of Christmas Day with a phenomenal three-course lunch spread. Enjoy spiced pineapple and maple-glazed ham off the bone, Sydney rock oysters with finger lime mignonette, barbecue octopus with smoked potato aioli, roasted porchetta with apple and miso sauce, fermented chilli-glazed chicken and burnt-honey meringue with ginger-beer jelly. For menu details and booking info, click here.
Mary Mae’s, New Farm: Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, Mary Mae’s at the Brisbane Powerhouse is shaping up to be a picturesque spot to enjoy Christmas lunch. Two sittings are available, each offering a three-course feast with shared sides, plus a glass of sparkling on arrival. Sample baked mushrooms stuffed with ricotta, traditional glazed ham, roast pork with crackling, herb-crusted cauliflower steak, and Christmas pudding with brandy custard. Click here to book.
Walter’s Steakhouse, Brisbane City: Slide into a red-leather booth and let the Walter’s Steakhouse crew make your Christmas Day feast magical. The shared menu offers up mouth-watering morsels including Moreton Bay bug salad, duck-liver parfait with pickled peach, Walter’s signature porterhouse, turkey ballotine with sage, brandy and burnt butter sauce. maple-glazed slow-roasted butternut pumpkin, key lime pie, New York cheesecake and more. Secure your spot here.
Jellyfish, Brisbane City: Christmas lunch is synonymous with seafood, so if you are hankering for an ample serve of the sea’s bounty, make tracks to Jellyfish on Christmas Day. The special festive menu features the likes of freshly shucked Pacific oysters, Hiramisa kingfish, yellowfin tuna tacos, coral trout, tagliolini with southern rock lobster, wagyu rump cap with duck-fat potatoes, and classic Christmas pudding with cognac custard. Click here to check out the full menu and to make a booking.
River Quay Fish, South Bank: Why bother slaving away in a hot kitchen when you can soak up river breezes while letting someone else handle the Christmas cooking? River Quay Fish at South Bank is a sublime choice for Christmas Day lunch, with two sittings offering the likes of Mooloolaba king prawns, natural oysters, cooked Moreton bay bugs, pork porchetta with apple and apricot stuffing, grilled snapper and strawberry Eton mess. Numbers are limited, so secure your spot ASAP!
Salon de Co, Brisbane City: The stylish surrounds of Salon de Co make for a dreamy Christmas Day dining destination, but it’s the food that’ll really set this experience above the rest. Those that purchase a ticket to this festive feast will enjoy a three-course family feasting menu featuring suckling pig, whole-roasted Toowoomba chicken, snapper ceviche, apple pie and more, as well as a three-hour premium beverage package with Aperol Spritz cocktail on arrival. Click here to book a spot.
Cha Cha Char, Brisbane City: One of Eagle Street’s best restaurants is opening the doors for Christmas Day lunch, offering up a special menu for the occasion that you cannot miss. Menu details are being kept hush-hush, but you can already make a reservation here.
Summit Restaurant & Bar, Mount Coot-tha: Few restaurants boast a view quite like Mount Coot-tha’s Summit, making it a top choice for a scenic Christmas Day lunch. This year the restaurant is offering a selection of dining options, including a set-menu lunch and a buffet option. No matter which choice you pick, you can also tack on a three-hour premium beverage package to ensure the Christmas cheer flows. Booking details can be found here.
The Euro, Brisbane City: This snazzy inner-city eatery will be upping the ante for its Christmas Day luncheon, serving a decadent five-course affair that’ll make Santa’s gift seem paltry by comparison. Start with scallop carpaccio with white-peach emulsion, then savour carmelised onion tarts, pan-seared reef fish with saffron rice, duck breast with fig and honey-roasted nuts, and a seasonal pavlova of Bowen mango, passionfruit, strawberry and kiwi fruit. Those with a dietary intolerance can opt for the vegetarian menu, featuring vegetarian paella, miso-roasted cauliflower and pea and mint gazpacho. Book here.
The Bavarian, Brisbane City: For a riverside Christmas filled with frothy biers, feasts and festivities, make your way to The Bavarian at Eagle Street Pier. Open from 11am to 10pm, The Bavarian is offering an a-la-carte menu including all your favourite schnitzel, sausages and spätzle. Secure your spot here.
Saké, Brisbane City: Put away the oven mitts and salad ingredients – this December 25, make haste to Saké at Eagle Street Pier for a Christmas lunch full of tasty Japanese fare and liquid offerings of sake. The riverside destination will be serving an extensive a la carte lunch menu with all your favourite dishes including hiramasa kingfish paired with soy dressing, lime and jalapeno kosho, tempura in the form of sustainable snapper, and delectable desserts. Lock down your spot here.
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