Tearing open gifts, eating all the treats you can get your hands on and merriment every direction you look. Naturally, we’re talking about Christmas. But Christmas spirit aside, the holidays can prove to be a tad stressful. Get a low-key anxiety attack when you glance at the inside of a cookbook? You’re not alone.
For those of us who are seriously lacking in cooking abilities, consider dining at one of Auckland’s best restaurants this Christmas. Here are 8 top-notch places who are kindly opening their doors this 25th!
Pro-tip: Be kind to your server. They are giving up their jolly day and they deserve a tip!
Orbit 360° Dining
It’s Christmas, so obviously, we’re all for treating yourself as much as humanly possible. Ditch the cookbook and feast at Auckland’s one and only Sky tower. Festive foods amongst the clouds doesn’t sound too shabby to us. Orbit 360° Dining is the epitome of elegance and style. In keeping with its name, the restaurant literally rotates as you dine, so you’ll get to enjoy all the views that Auckland city has to offer. The dishes being served are focused on New Zealand produce, making this a very Kiwi Christmas after all.
Cordis is one of Auckland’s most iconic hotels and one of the finest places you can dine. And lucky for us, they are opening their doors this Christmas. Eight restaurant can relieve you of all your Christmas stress this year by cooking up a range of heavenly options. Think slow-cooked potato fondant and a decadent Christmas pudding. The day will also include festive tunes and breathtaking decorations. If this is your place of choice, expect a very jolly Christmas indeed.
The Castaways Resort provides their guests with a sanctuary where they can escape the hustle and bustle and relax. With Agave Restaurant offering up flawlessly curated dishes that are almost too pretty to eat (almost), you can hardly blame us that we think the fact they are open this Christmas is, well, awesome. The Castaways Resort is the perfect place to pause and remember what relaxation feels like. It is the holidays after all.
Recurring nightmares from last year’s burnt turkey incident? We hear ya, and there’s no need to fret. MASU has a unique menu that is mixing up the Christmas norm and will have you going back for seconds and thirds. We mean, it’s Christmas after all and how could you resist with dishes including sashimi, maki rolls and renowned dessert platters. It’ll make for a very happy vibe and we promise, a very happy tummy.
Craving a sumptuous gourmet Christmas meal? Consider heading to DeBretts Kitchen. Chomp your way through an incredible four-course meal, whilst sipping on a Christmas inspired cocktail, naturally. The menu is offering a lavish lineup of treats. From salmon caviar to cranberry glazed roast turkey to a chocolate hazelnut pavlova, we’re totally in awe. And it totally beats the BBQ you were planning.
Located over the Hauraki Gulf, Mikano Restaurant is offering up a Christmas menu so alluring, you’ll be dying to abandon your diet and work your way through, one delish dish at a time. Showcasing elegance, dishes include slow-cooked duck ravioli, deep-fried goat cheese croquettes and roasted lamb rump in harissa sauce. For those who favour sugar, the dessert selection consists of Christmas pud, roulade pavlova, chocolate self-saucing pudding and Rhubarb cheesecake. Mmmmm.
Gusto At The Grand
Gusto at the Grand is serving up an absolutely delish Christmas spread this year. Nervous about cooking up a lunch for the fam? Never fear, Gusto’s Italian vibes have got you covered. This jaw-dropping menu includes the likes of king prawns, comforting risotto, and duck fat potatoes. Yum. We’re there.
The very special Hectors Restaurant in the Heritage Hotel is treating its guests to some scrumptious options this festive season. It’s a buffet, which means you can get your deserving hands on a bit of everything. The options range from rock oysters to stuffed roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, roasted chicken, market fish alongside an irresistible dessert menu. Chocolate mousse… yes, please. Being the awesome place that it is Hectors restaurant is also catering for vegan guests and have a divine spread including spinart dip, bumpkin beignets and mandarin sorbet. Yasss.
Image Credit: Eight Restaurant