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).
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: Forget spending hours in the kitchen this Christmas Day and head to Treasury Brisbane for a merry meal you won’t forget. Treasury’s culinary team has curated a spectacular festive lunch menu featuring fresh locally sourced seafood, traditional Christmas favourites and decadent desserts. Think local prawns, grilled oysters Kilpatrick, marinated mussels, baked ham with grain-mustard jus, baked turkey breast with all of the trimmings and plum pudding with custard and brandy butter. There will even be roaming entertainment and a visit from the big man himself, Santa. Tickets are $199 per adult, $159 per young adult (13–17), $99.00 per child (five to 12) and infants are free of charge. Tickets are on sale now for this jolly feast, head here to secure yours.
Belvedere Bar n Grill, Hamilton: Wanting to skip all of the hard work that comes with preparing a Christmas lunch this year? Make tracks to Belvedere Bar n Grill at Portside Wharf to tuck in to a tantalising festive feast. You can expect all of the Christmas classics, such as roasted turkey with a sage and chestnut stuffing, pan-fried salmon, slow-cooked vegetables and a walnut pudding with brandy sauce. If that’s not enough to satiate your tastebuds, this delicious four-course meal also includes a glass of sparkling wine or beer on arrival. For more information or to secure your seat at the table, 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 fresh seafood, homemade ravioli with burrata and traditional panettone pudding with cinnamon gelato. Tickets to this delicious Christmas lunch are $145 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 2020 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, 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 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.
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, Walter’s signature porterhouse, bourbon and honey glazed ham, twice-baked cheese souffle, roasted beetroot salad, key lime pie, spiced pumpkin trifle and more. Secure your spot here.
Popolo, South Bank: This year has been stressful enough, so let Popolo take care of Christmas Day feasting! A fabulous banquet of eight Italian-inspired dishes, ever-flowing drinks (sparkling, wines, beers, Pimms and Aperol Spritz) and beautiful river views – what more could you want? The lavish lunch will cost you just $195 per person, and there’s two seatings to choose from – 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and 2:00–4:30 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. There’s two seatings to choose from – 11:00 am to 1:15 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 with its Xmas Day Christmas Package. For just $69 per child and $129 per adult, you can enjoy bottomless beers and bubbles, a set menu feast, live tunes, a seafood buffet and a kids entertainer. Book yourself in here.
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