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).
Medley, Kangaroo Point: Join Kangaroo Point favourite Medley for a very special four-course Christmas Day lunch with a sparkling wine on arrival. You’ll be able to dig in to tastebud-tempting bites like Moreton Bay bug salad with celeriac, coconut, citrus sauce and black caviar and Xmas Beef Pie made with eye fillet, mushroom and truffle duxelle and served with full-bodied red wine sauce. Guests can choose between an 11:00 am and 2:00 pm seating, with live music set to fill the air from 12:30–3:30 pm. Tickets are $125 per adult and $45 per child. Make a booking here.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: Join the killer culinary crew at Three Blue Ducks for the ultimate Christmas Day lunch feast this December 25. Soak in the epic Brissy River views whilst indulging in a three-hour beverage package and three-course line-up of festive faves including pineapple and maple glazed ham, suckling porchetta, roasted chicken and a delectable spread of seafood including Queensland tiger prawns, freshly shucked oysters, Fraser Isle Spanner crab and scallops. Top off the day with a sweet fix of chocolate parfait or coconut sorbet with tropical fruit. Already have lunch plans sorted but craving a Ducks-style feast? Continue the festivities into the night with the eatery’s two or three-course set dinner menu available from 6:30 pm on Christmas night. Make a booking here.
Vintaged Bar + Grill, Brisbane City: Celebrate Christmas in style at Vintaged Bar + Grill with a three-course menu of indulgent eats and a glass of sparkling on arrival for $235 per person. You can opt between lunch (12:00–3:00 pm) or dinner (6:00–9:00 pm), with eats like roast turkey breast on pumpkin puree with spiced pumpkin seed and dried cranberry stuffing, grilled broccolini and gravy and slow-roasted rolled pork belly served with honey roasted baby carrots, caramelised apples and cinnamon sauce, and crispy crackling gracing the menu. To make a reservation, head here.
Gusto Da Gianni, Hamilton: Italian goodness awaits at Gusto Da Gianni at Portside Wharf this Christmas, where you can enjoy a four-course lunch any Nona would be proud of. Savour an array of tasty dishes including yellow fin tuna tartare with fresh avocado mousse and salmon caviar, cauliflower risotto with Moreton Bay bug prawns, crispy guanciale and lemon oil, and passionfruit semifreddo with coconut crumble and mango coulis. Tickets to this delicious Christmas lunch are $179 each. For more info or to book, head here.
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Petrie Terrace: A full-blown Christmas feast at Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is always an unforgettable holiday experience, and Christmas Day 2021 is set to be no exception. This Caxton Street icon will be pulling out all of the stops this year, offering a set menu of fresh succulent seafood, sensational salads and decadent desserts. 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 sumptuous four-course sit-down lunch and a three-hour beverage package. There will even be a guest appearance from Santa and carollers set to serenade feasters. Click here for more details.
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 candied yams, fresh oysters, herb-crusted Hervey Bay scallops Moreton Bay bugs, Walter’s signature porterhouse, traditional Christmas pudding and much more. Secure your spot here.
Popolo, South Bank: There’s no reason to stress out in the kitchen this December 25, just let Popolo take care of Christmas Day feasting! A fabulous banquet of Italian-inspired dishes, ever-flowing drinks and beautiful river views – what more could you want? The lavish lunch will cost you $240 per person, and runs from 12:00–3:00 pm. Book in here.
Libertine, Petrie Terrace: No cleaning, no cooking, just pure indulgence. That’s the ethos behind Libertine’s Christmas Day offering, which spotlights mouth-watering share dishes that are sure to impress. Vegans will be happy to hear that there’s even a meat-free menu to choose from! There are two seatings to book in to – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 1:30–4:00 pm. To secure your spot in, make tracks here.
Goldfinch, Brisbane City: Kick back, relax, and let Goldfinch at Pullman Brisbane King George Square take care of all the food and drinks for this year’s Christmas feast – whether it be lunch or dinner. Lunch is $69 per child and $239 per adult and includes a three-hour drinks package, a feast full of salivation-worthy seafood bites (hello, freshly-shucked Sydney rock oysters and blue swimmer crabs), live tunes, and a visit from Santa. Book yourself in here. Dinner is a three-course offering levelled up with beers and bubbles that is just $139 for adults and $90 for kids. Book in here.
C’est Bon and Le Bon Bar, Woolloongabba: For a fancy (and French) Christmas feast, we suggest making tracks to C’est Bon in Woolloongabba this December 25. For $165 per person, you’ll be gifted a merry meal of French favourites and a glass of bubbles on arrival. Expect to stick a fork in to the likes of duck parfait with davidson plum eclair, rainbow trout with champagne caviar and gribiche, yule log with mulberry and much more. Head here to make a booking.
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