- Food & Booze
Where to dine on Christmas Day 2019
Ah Christmas, rearing your beautiful head for another year! We are all big fans of the festive season, but not big fans of the chaos that can often ensue. Don’t worry, Brisbane… we’ve got your back.
Not a cook? Don’t feel like doing the washing up? No worries — leave it to the pros. Hark, some of Brisbane’s best Christmas lunch and dinner spots.
Lennons at Next Hotel | CBD
It’s set to be a very merry Christmas at Lennons! Nestled in the popular Next Hotel on Queen St, the award-winning Lennons Restaurant and Bar is excited to make your Christmas utterly effortless and entirely memorable. The lunch menu is overflowing with Aussie Christmas staples, featuring an entree share platter of oysters, prawns and scallop ceviche, and your choice of crispy skin salmon, turkey and cranberry roulade or an eye fillet with mushroom gratin for mains. We can guarantee the only stressful part of your day will be picking which dessert to indulge in, with a traditional Christmas pudding or the summer berry trifle both looking absolutely delightful. Thank you, Next (Hotel)! Reserve your seat at the Christmas Day table here.
Deer Duck Bistro | Auchenflower
Go gourmet this Christmas with a menu devised by chef Chris Ramsay at this unique inner-city foodie favourite! This Christmas degustation boasts house bread with truffle butter and oysters two ways to start, followed by scallops with chestnut purée, spiced maple, oat crumb, roast and pickled apple, and a delightful plum mustard pork terrine.
As for the main event, guests can expect an irresistible torched quail breast, fried leg and thigh, served with roast potato and mulled caramel wine! With all this, and Christmas spiced brûlée for dessert, no wonder Deer Duck Bistro’s $155pp feast is selling quick! Be sure to book soon by calling (07) 3870 8482.
Christmas breakfast, lunch AND dinner at one of Brisbane’s most luxe eateries? The Hilton’s Vintaged Bar + Grill has your back for every delicious meal on the big day, kicking off bright and early with all the Chrissy breaky classics including summer fruits, mince pies and pastries, and hot offerings including ham, turkey, and omelettes cooked to order. Lunch starts with tiers and tiers of fresh Aussie seafood, ham, cured meats and antipasti, before a choice of five mains including pork with crispy crackling and honey-roasted parsnips.
Dinner at Vintaged will feature the entire festive à la carte menu, heroing local steaks and seafood, as well as fresh summer flavours and a wine list to match. To find out more about their festive offerings and to book your spot at one (or all!) of these Christmas Day feasts, see here.
Black Fire | CBD
Feliz Navidad! This three-course, share-style feast is overflowing with punchy flavours and is perfect for the whole fam. Tapas-style entrees include grilled chorizo bruschetta, yellowfin tuna and goat cheese mousse, and roasted baby peppers stuffed with prawn and crab. Meat-lovers, prepare to start drooling as the star of the show is brought out. We’re talking a main course featuring slow-roasted suckling pig and suckling lamb with all the Spanish-style trimmings you could ask for. Spanish dessert canapes will finish your meal with a bang, as you wash everything down with a signature Black Fire sangria jug, or a tasty Christmas Cheer cocktail. While the later session is all booked out, the first sesh from 11 am to 1:15 pm still has seats available! Tickets are only $80pp and can be purchased here.
Il Centro | CBD
Il Centro is doing something particularly special for Christmas this year, and it’s set to be very tasty — an Italian-style Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, including some of Il Centro’s most delicious signature dishes. We’re talking the famous sand crab lasagna as one of the entree choices, before a range of main course choices including quail stuffed with nduja, pine nuts and cranberries served with medley heirloom tomato, peperonata, fried spinach and ricotta gnocchi. There is no better way to end Christmas lunch than by digging straight into an Italian traditional panettone served with mascarpone cream, fresh cherry and Nutella gelato. Read more here, and book by calling 07 3221 6090.
Goldfinch | CBD
After their Christmas lunch rapidly sold out, Goldfinch has done the good people of Brisbane a solid and extended their offerings into the evening. Hallelujah! Enjoy three courses of hearty flavours like beef tartare with yolk, caperberry, shaved bottarga and puffed rice cracker for entree, before digging into a pot roasted turkey with pumpkin custard, candied carrots, pine nuts and cranberry jus. View the extended dinner menu here, and book by emailing email@example.com.
Salon de Co. | Spring Hill [SOLD OUT]
O, little town of Brisbane, Ovolo sure has you sorted this Christmas day! Aperol into Salon de Co. to enjoy a spritz cocktail on arrival, followed by three hours of premium beverages paired with a three-course feast from 12pm to 3pm.
Salon de Co.’s share-style menu will help you to grow a belly that rivals Santa’s with jaw-droppers such as snapper ceviche with yellow pepper gazpacho and burnt avocado, Toowoomba chicken with apricot, brassica and freekeh, and a scrumptious Golden Noble apple pie with Christmas cake ice cream for dessert! Click here to book your festive luncheon with Salon de Co. today.
The Regatta Hotel | Toowong [SOLD OUT]
She is beauty, she is grace, she is the grand lady of Brisbane… and she knows how to put on a damn good Chrissy lunch! The annual Christmas luncheon in the Boatshed is one of the best events going around, and it’s not hard to see why. The four-course affair includes some absolute classics, like shared entrees of local prawns with cocktail sauce and a Boatshed tasting board. The main course is a choice of roast turkey, beef Wellington or Atlantic salmon, before shared Christmas pudding and pavlova for dessert and cheese to finish. It’s not Christmas without some booze, and this luncheon includes a three-hour beverage package to keep things ~festive~.
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