Christmas comes early at these Brisbane restaurants | Gourmand and Gourmet

Christmas comes early at these Brisbane restaurants

Get your winter bod ready, Brisbane – Christmas in July is here!

Prepare to chuck on some extra layers (or grow them – ‘tis the season for love handles after all!) for we bring good yule-tidings.

While the traditional Aussie Christmas is still six months away–giving you plenty of time to get back in shape–this year’s  Brisbane Christmas in July events are shaping up to be better than ever, with everything from family-style Italian feasts to bottomless champagne by the river up for grabs!

No need to sit in Santa’s lap, kiddies. We have everything you want this Christmas in July right here.


Swap ‘bah humbug’ for irresistible Moreton Bay bug croissants and flutes of Veuve Clicquot at Customs House this July. Christmas champers are best enjoyed in igloos by the riverside, with this historic venue supplying everything you need this festive season in one dashing Clicq-mas menu.

Think mini-Yorkshire puddings, truffled mushroom croquettes, and their famous slow-roasted lamb shoulders, available to enjoy when you book any Thursday – Sunday during the month of July! Find out more here.

The Balfour Kitchen | New Farm

You’ll be walking in a winter wonderland when you step into The Balfour Kitchen for their Christmas in July feast on Sunday, July 28. Laden with French inspiration and oozing festive flavours, indulge in a luxe three-course menu featuring coquilles Saint-Jacques with truffle butter and finger lime before welcoming the hearty headline act: twice-cooked duck with sautéed beans, prawn butter and almonds.  

Rally up the entire family (‘tis Christmas after all) and secure your seat at the table here


Let your red noses lead you to something other than Kleenex (flu season, what can you do?) by following the delicious aromas coming out of Beirne Lane this July 14!

Grab the dears and head in for a Christmas-themed brunch celebration, where one is encouraged to don their best festive sweaters before getting the sweats tucking into the various hams, turkey, and puddings Beirne Lane has to offer.

With plenty of brunch packages to choose from, there’s a gift waiting for everyone at Beirne Lane.


No one puts on a spread quite like the Italians, so you know Gusto Da Gianni’s Christmas in July is Buon (Natale) to be good!

For just $69pp on July 14, prepare to devour taleggio fondue, spinach risotto, and hazelnut mousse before saying ho, ho, hello to the star dish – a lavish suckling pig, served with roasted rosemary potatoes and a vegetable medley. Bookings can now be made here.


Xmas marks it spot at Victoria Park, and their heavenly winter Christmas roast is the prize!

Who needs a Christmas tree when you have a rotisserie that, throughout July, will be serving up sumptuous roast pork on Fridays – Sundays paired with roast pumpkin, spinach, golden raisins, and sage jus alongside other festive treats.

Simply pop in on a weekend and feast away!


Christmas only comes once a year? Puh-lease. One venue who understands merriment can be had every day of the year is the Marriot Hotel, who are celebrating Christmas in July with the ultimate yuletide offer.

Way better than milk and cookies, the Marriot are going into full banquet mode in serving up three indulgent courses paired with draught beer or sparkling wine for just $58 to those who come in Thursdays-Sundays for lunch or dinner. Click here to find out more.

Christmas in July at Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian | SOUTH BANK

Two litres of beer. Great, now we have your attention. 

Spring into the festive cheer German-style with a warming Christmas platter from the biere-loving folks at Munich Brauhaus and The Bavarian. Grab their decked-out spread from July 25, featuring herb-roasted chicken, seasonal roast veggies, and classic pretzel dumplings with mushroom ragu, plus a side of mashed potato and cranberry sauce, because, ya know, the more the merrier. For just $40 per person, you’ll be singing “Jingle Bells” all the way home. 

Figment and Thyme | SOUTH BRISBANE   

Still yearning of a white winter wonderland? They might not be able to promise snow, but it’ll begin to look a lot like Christmas at Wandering Cooks as they embark on a brr-illiant journey to a dreamy, snowy haven (just minus Frosty the Snowman). 

Wear your stretchiest jeans (and your best Christmas jumper) to settle in for flavoursome chestnut, porcini and stilton-stuffed dumpling pumpkins, before diving into succulent marmalade-glazed baked ham and a hearty, slow roast turkey roulade with chestnut stuffing. Don’t fill up early, though! It’s not a real Christmas celebration without stuffing yourself silly with sweets, right? Round off the luncheon by slipping into a figgy pudding with brandy custard and rich rum butter. 

Crack a few bon bons and secure your place here


Merry Christmas ya filthy animals.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the Christmas-obsessed gourmand not going cold turkey this July.