Where to hold your end-of-year lunch | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to hold your end-of-year lunch

Shut down your computer. Walk out of the office. It’s time to embrace the festive season and all the yumminess that comes along with it.

End-of-year lunches are a beautiful thing! It’s just you and your fave colleagues celebrating the year that was by stuffing yourselves silly and sipping your afternoon away. We wholeheartedly encourage festive frivolity, so here are our top picks for a perfect end-of-year lunch!

Sono | Hamilton

Let it snow, let it snow, let it Sono. This portside hotspot is highly regarded for its phenomenal Japanese fare, and it’s decided to make things a li’l festive! Their lush three-course Christmas menus are full of classic flavours, with a few Sono twists! The $69pp Kanda banquet offers seven shared entrees including gyoza and edamame, before six main course offerings like chicken teriyaki and black cod saikyo yaki. The $89pp Gion banquet cranks things up another notch, with the likes of scallops with miso mayonnaise and mixed sashimi, before mains like decadent MB6-7 wagyu, and prawn and vegetable tempura. Why not go all out, and smash a $59pp beverage package to enjoy wine, sake, beer, and some lighter offerings. Itadakimasu! Get in touch here.

Vintaged Bar and Grill | CBD

Situated inside the grand Hilton Brisbane in the heart of the city, Vintaged Bar and Grill offers something for every palate and every party with their $39 Festive Flavours menu this silly season! This two-course lunch offering is perfect for an end-of-year lunch with friends, family or colleagues, with a complimentary glass of house wine included. Entrée options are full of fresh, summery flavours like the prosciutto and melon salad with fresh mint, crumbled feta and a caramelised honey-thyme dressing. Main course offerings have a focus on classic Christmas flavours and fresh produce, like the grilled Angus beef rump steak with potato mash, roast carrots, blistered cherry tomatoes and red wine jus. We can guarantee you’ll leave feeling full of yummy food and Christmas cheer – book here!

Julius Pizzeria | South Brisbane

End your year on a carb-loaded, extra cheesy note at Fish Lane’s Italian hotspot Julius. Hog a pizza to yourself or get many to share, as you sip on a bellini and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. The fare at Julius always hits the spot, from their signature duck ragù or risotto of the day, to drool-worthy desserts like fried ricotta dumplings stuffed with cherry jam and served with Italian nougat gelato.

Donna Chang | CBD

Chang, Chang, boom! The modern Chinese fare on offer at Donna Chang is divine all year round, but this Christmas it’s all about the banquet, baby. Whether you’re wanting something quick and delicious, or you’ve taken the whole afternoon off in anticipating of feasting, Donna has you covered. The express lunch banquet is overflowing with yumminess, like kingfish “Yu sheng” with black garlic and white radish, or the char siu pork neck with rockmelon blossom, honey and tamari. On the other end of the spectrum, the deluxe banquet is about as extravagant as it comes, offering Chinese roast duck with Davidson’s plum and five spice, and a dessert of dark chocolate and Hennessy XO caramel mousse with Chinese fried bread, among many other exciting dishes.

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

This cute little Queenslander in the suburbs is ready to host you and your pals for a feast to remember. We genuinely can’t think of a better way to end our year than by enjoying a seafood tasting menu at One Fish Two Fish, with a spritz (or five) in hand. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch in November is solely dedicated to the brand new Fish & Spritz menu at One Fish Two Fish. Six courses of pure fishy goodness are only made better with the addition of bottomless spritzes, with exciting flavours on offer like the cucumber and mint spritz, and the pink peach spritz. Find out more and book your spot, here. 

Persone | CBD

Sleek interiors, river views and contemporary Italian eats is the name of the game at Brisbane Quarter’s Persone. Encouraging guests to enjoy “the good life,” the team at this inner-city spot work hard to ensure you leave with the happiest of food babies. The menu is heavy on share-style dishes, making it the perfect place to get your feast on with your favourite persones. Start with some fresh Queensland seafood, before diving head-first into pizzas, pastas and hearty mains like porchetta or lamb shoulder with salsa verde and smoked potato. Bellissimo! 

Beaux Rumble | Fortitude Valley

Welcome, Beaux Rumble! You’ve arrived at the perfect time. Ideal for a long end of year lunch, this brand new, smoking hot James Street venue is dishing up some unbelievable eats, with imaginative and innovative ingredients and flavours aplenty. We strongly recommend ordering a multitude of dishes (like, say, everything on the menu) and enjoy a share-style lunch with your nearest and dearest. It’s hard to say no to the whole roasted Victorian rainbow trout with sunchokes, asparagus, pine nuts, and grapes, or the wood-roasted sirloin with potato terrine, onion, and black pepper compote. 


It would be a crime to end 2019 on an empty stomach…