The round-up: eat, drink and be merry – top spots for Christmas Day dining on the Gold Coast in 2021
If you’ve spent the last few Christmas Days slaving in a hot kitchen, lining up at the prawn trawlers at dawn, and trying oh-so hard to salvage a dry roast turkey (we’ve all been there), then perhaps it’s time for a change this year. Once you’ve emptied your stocking full of presents, you can venture out and fill up your belly with a glorious festive feast with all of the trimmings – all of the hard work is done for you, and you don’t even have to do the washing up. In the spirit of the season, here are a bunch of places on the Gold Coast where you can eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day.
The Star Gold Coast
Christmas Day is the gift that keeps on giving at The Star Gold Coast, with festive events being held across its treasure chest of popular venues. A bunch of events are already sold out but you can still nab tickets to a select few events. If you’re keen to divert from prawns and ham this year, nibble your way through an exquisite Asian-inspired banquet lunch at The Star’s newly opened Uncle Su. The masterfully designed festive feast brings traditional flavours, ingredients and cooking styles from different regions of China for a unique Christmas experience. Internationally trained executive chef of Asian cuisine Chef Song Yao Su has developed this special festive menu that swaps turkey for a dim sim platter, filet mignon with king mushrooms in black-pepper sauce, sauteed king prawns with capsicum in Thai sauce, and baked toothfish with baby bok choy. Get tickets here. Harvest Buffet also has an all-you-can-eat buffet with a three-hour drinks package and live entertainment. For both lunch and dinner, guests can indulge in bites like Thai-style marinated mussels, grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, honey-glazed leg ham, roasted pumpkin with maple and pepitas and a vast selection of desserts including creme brulee, cheese cake, steamed pudding, brandy custard and pavlova. Book here.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
From indulgent degustation lunches to a festive-themed buffet dinner, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort has all your times and tastes covered. Saunter into much-loved locale Horizons restaurant, which will welcome groups of five or more for a signature seven-course degustation with matched wines, live entertainment and ocean views, while Oyster Bar & Grill will cater better for smaller groups of two to five, while also offering a seven-course degustation with matched wines, roving entertainment and a visit from Santa.
The legendary Surfers Paradise events destination The Island will be dishing up a Christmas Day buffet lunch with hot and cold seafood, roast meats, roast vegies, summery salads and of course some delicious desserts this year. For whetting your whistle on the day, guests can purchase drinks from the Glasshouse Terrace Bar. Choose from two sittings and feast on Atlantic salmon, Hervey Bay scallops, maple-and-mustard-glazed ham, traditional Christmas pudding and more in the stunning Glasshouse, or opt for the Pool Deck & Lounge. Check out the menu and book tickets here.
QT Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise gem QT Gold Coast has several time-slots covered this Christmas, meaning you could effectively pop in for breakfast with the family, stay for lunch with the in-laws and round it out with a Christmas dinner feast with friends. Bazaar will be dishing up pancakes and bacon – yum – for one-hour breakfast bookings (different prices apply for QT guests and external visitors), and a Christmas dinner complete with chocolate fountain, live music and a free gift from Santa for the kids for dinner. You can also choose to indulge in lunch at Yamagen restaurant, where guests can savour a seven-course degustation of Japanese dishes. Enquire online here – but be quick, these sumptuous spreads will sell out.
Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences
Head to the signature Hilton restaurant in the Surfers Paradise hotel for an extravagant seafood buffet lunch or dinner with beverage package on Christmas Day. Dine on fresh oysters, prawns and shellfish, traditional meats and desserts, and sip on house wine, local beers and ciders – or upgrade to the premium package for a wider variety of wine and beer. Adult tickets are $269 per person with lunch reservations available from 12:00 pm and dinner available from 5:30 pm. To secure your booking, call 07 5680 8000 or email [email protected]
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove
The InterContinental will be hosting a bounty of special events across two stunning venues this Christmas Day. Join the waitlist to step inside signature restaurant The Fireplace to enjoy executive chef Matt Hart’s four-course meal teamed with drinks for an adults-only lunch. For something slightly less intimate but equally delicious, Cove Cafe will be serving up lip-smacking buffets for two dinner seatings, including traditional carvery favourites as well as premium seafood and beverages. Head here for full menus and booking details.
Head across the border on December 25 and pull up at Tweed’s Seagulls Club to enjoy a traditional three-course lunch and premium three-hour beverage package at LOT TWO. Please note, currently all Seagulls visitors must be members, but non-members can join for an annual fee of $10. Bookings can be made by calling 07 5587 9000.
It’s no surprise that a number of Christmas Day events hosted by Palazzo Versace are already sold out for 2021, so you’d better be quick to nab a seat for the events with availability at time of writing. Limited spots remain for a five-course luncheon with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment at Il Barocco Restaurant. Book here.
Who doesn’t love a traditional banquet lunch with all the trimmings on Christmas Day – especially if you don’t have to cook it yourself? Tuck in to seafood shareboards, carved roasts, maple-glazed Bangalow ham, and traditional Christmas fruit pudding. Two-hour seatings are available on December 25 – make a booking here.
If you are on the hunt for a memorable meal, Little Truffle in Mermaid Beach is offering a lavish lunch feast for $175 per person. Start with an entree of roast quail ballotine or a prawn and lobster cocktail followed by mains of chestnut and herb crusted lamb rack, or slow-roasted beef prime rib with some festive trimmings. Finish with a Christmas-pudding souffle or vanilla bean panna cotta. Jump over here to book.
Currumbin Beach Vikings
Searching for a family-friendly event with the freshest seafood and a chilled vibe? Currumbin Beach Vikings surf club is the place. The seafood buffet is already sold out however there are a handful of spaces left for the lunch and buffet breakfast but you’ll want to get in pretty quick! Jump over here.
‘Tis the season to sit back and celebrate with Robina Pavilions’ ultimate Christmas Feast! Doors open from 11:30 am and guests will be treated to a buffet of decadent delights including a fresh seafood selection, honey-baked ham and the star of the show, the Belgian chocolate fountain with assorted candy, marshmallows and biscotti. The merry meal is priced at $155 and runs for two hours. Book in here.
Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive! If you know of another festive feast, feel free to shoot the details through to [email protected] and we can add it to the list. Happy holidays!
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