Christmas. To some it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but to others? It’s a whole lot of mess, disorganised families and chaos. It can be a headache – but it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe you should get your Christmas lunch and eat it too, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to spend Christmas – no clean up required.
TREASURY | CBD
Don’t gamble on Christmas Day being a success – for all the reward and none of the risk, book in for lunch or dinner at the Treasury. Scared of tiny fine dining portions? We’ve got two words for you: Christmas buffet. From spicy Asian bites to freshly sourced seafood delights and everything in between – we suggest clearing Boxing Day for your impending food coma.
Still keen for more? How does Mooloolaba spanner crab with avocado and pea gazpacho and veal with smoked garlic potato sound? Christmas doesn’t have to end with lunch, the Treasury wants to keep the festivities going with their two or three-course dinner options! There are few ways sweeter to end a big day than with a coconut and mandarin Bavarian after all.
SOFITEL | CBD
Thyme2s famous Christmas Day celebrations run all day, so you can get some serious feasting in – including a decadent breakfast from 6.30am. Traditionalist? Get stuck into stuffing with roast turkey breast, honey glazed ham and roasted leg of lamb. Or for the ultimate Christmas extravaganza, book your lunch in Sofitel’s opulent Ballroom Le Grand. Don’t clam up too soon – with free flowing champagne, freshly shucked oysters, chilled Moreton Bay bugs and green lip mussels on the cards you’ll need to leave room. Prep that second stomach for the dessert buffet – do the words chocolate fountain really need to be explained? Drool over all the details here!
Asana | CBD
Asana, Brisbane’s home to those with a palate for paleo, is celebrating Christmas with an enormous seafood luncheon that’s set to be one for the ages. For only $169pp for adults, $60pp for teens and $35pp for children, expect delicious mountains of oysters, fresh prawns, and marinated Barramundi, with salads and antipasto platters on the side – it’s a no-grainer! Purchase your ticket here.
Thomson’s Reserve | Spring Hill
Not keen on a buffet? Still want to fit into your dress New Years Eve? Gather the family and head to Thomson’s Reserve, for a day of feasting and fesititvies. Enjoy shared entrees of fresh Prawn and Oysters on arrival, mains of rolled porchetta stuffed with pancetta, onion and spices. Finish the evening with a dessert of Apple ribbons with raising and cinnamon, smothered in Pedro caramel, gelato and pistachio crumb. All this, plus a 3-hour drink package could be yours for $189pp. Bookings are essential so phone 3226 8888 today!
DEER DUCK BISTRO | AUCHENFLOWER
Tis the season to stuff yourself silly, and if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas degustation you can’t look past ducking into Deer Duck Bistro. Enjoy a five-course decadent dego including smoked trout with caper and sesame, duck with cauliflower and hazelnut and cherry meringue with chocolate snow. Want to celebrate with some extra Christmas cheers? Add matching wine to your feast for $199pp total ($125pp without wine). Book here.
WATT | New Farm
Not sure WATT to do for Christmas lunch? Panicking every time you check the calendar? Stop stressing, WATT has you covered! Enjoy a relaxing day with family and friends overlooking the river with two dining sittings at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Indulge in a four course shared feast with a drink on arrival for $120pp. Book in here!
Rydges South Bank | South Bank
Ho ho ho into Rydges South Bank for their epic lunch set in the stunning surrounds of Bacchus Restaurant and the Podium Ballroom. Feast on their famous seafood buffet, carvery, charcuterie and sushi, before tackling the dessert table. Best yet? A three hour drink package is included, so you can sip the afternoon away with fresh tunes from guitar duo Moment’s Notice. Price: Adults $209, Teens $109, Children $79. Bookings: [email protected] or phone 07 3364 0852
POPOLO | SOUTHBANK
They might be used to a cooler Christmas, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still help us out with Christmas lunch! Forget breakfast this Christmas morning, save room for all those carbs you’re going to be indulging in! Get ready for plates of fresh oysters, porchetta, ravioli and antipasto. It doesn’t hurt that you’ll be stuffing your face with one of the prettiest views of the river, just make sure you let your Christmas dress out beforehand.]
LIBERTINE | PETRIE TERRACE
Who says you have to stick to the traditional this Christmas? Mix it up with French-Vietnamese fare at Libertine, ooh la la! Take a seat in the leafy courtyard and get stuck into one of their famous banquets. It’ll taste even better knowing you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen washing up afterwards!
RIVER QUAY FISH | SOUTHBANK
There’s nothing fishy about Christmas lunch at River Quay Fish! Tuck into share plates of juicy mussels with beurre blanc sauce, grilled Moreton Bay bugs with green papaya salad and coconut tice, and whole market fish with chili caramel and Asian greens. Toast to a stress free Christmas with a couple of bottles of sparkling and you’re set.
IL CENTRO | CBD
Nothing says Christmas like carb loading and with a menu this good you’d have to be a Grinch not to enjoy a feast at Il Centro! Gorge yourself on plates of antipasto, buttery risotto and ravioli and crispy skinned barramundi.
STAMFORD PLAZA | CBD
From the sound of carollers in the lobby to the lavish buffet spread, Stamford Plaza is Christmas incarnate. With traditional roasts, soups, hot and cold dishes and the fresh seafood – you’ll be relieved that Aunty Carol not-so-subtly gave you a Fitness First membership for Christmas.
REGATTA | TOOWONG – now sold out!
Nothing screams Christmas in Queensland like seafood and a water view. We might not be able to chill out on the beach (unless you feel like braving Southbank) but we’ve got the next best thing with water views from the Regatta. Start off with QLD prawns, fresh Moreton Bay bugs, smoked ocean trout and oysters before you fight your siblings over roast turkey and beef wellington. Keep the Christmas cheer going with beer, sparkling, red and white wines. For more information see their website!
HILTON – VINTAGED BAR GRILL | CBD – sold out
From breakfast to dinner, Hilton Brisbane has all your Christmas planning wrapped up. Forget Grandma’s stale mince pies and Aunty Carol’s cracked pavlova, this is one Christmas feast that you’ll never want to end. With a menu tailored by Executive Chef Matthew Wood, start off the days festivities with a full buffet breakfast of seasonal fruits, freshly baked pastries and hot dishes. For the main event (HELLO CHRISTMAS CRACKERS!) expect assorted fresh seafood and artisanal hams, Berkshire pork chop with Granny Smith apple and pan seared beef fillet with mixed mushroom gratin… wipe that drool off the keyboard! Did we mention the dessert buffet? You’ll be as stuffed as the roast turkey by the end of this fiesta.
So eat, drink and be merry – it’s the most wonderful time of the year after all!
Words by Emma Callaghan