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Christmas is such a gorgeous time of year. Families getting together to eat, drink (!), and spend time with one another, is such a treat. It's also a tonne of fun for budding chefs in the family to showcase their skills in the kitchen. Homemade toffees, chocolate truffles, cookies, and biscuits. Gleaming, roast chickens and glazed hams being pulled from the ovens in households all across the country. But... What if Christmas cooking isn't exactly your family's strong suit?
Maybe Mum's getting a bit over it all, and none of the siblings are quite up for taking over a full-on Christmas feast this year? Maybe nobody wants to have to spend their entire boxing day cleaning up the scraps and bottle caps and bits of Christmas cracker that have flown all over the place? And the glitter! Oh, the glitter that will turn up all over the house for the next six months. Or maybe you're only in town for a little while over the silly season?
Never fear! I'm here with some stellar suggestions for Brisbane restaurants that are going to be open and serving suitably festive fare on Christmas Day.
The Euro | Brisbane CBD
The Euro is offering a chic set menu for Christmas day—featuring a choice of entrees, mains, and desserts; all with the typical Euro blend of flavours. The Pumpkin ravioli with amaretti crumble and goats cheese sounds so sweetly Christmassy, I have half a mind to start a tradition of my own this year.
Baguette Bistrot | Ascot
Baguette is offering a classically French Christmas menu this year. Baguette execute the French classics to perfection, and any opportunity to conjure up a little joyeux noel French Christmas spirit in the middle of the hot Brisbane summer is a joy.
C'est Bon | Woolloongabba
Turkey breast fillet stuffed with armagnac, pistachio, and black mushrooms, and served with quinoa pumpkin mash, and szechuan pepper jus. Um, amazing! Sure beats the hell out of dry ham, and home-brand coleslaw. So, if that's the alternative, I think I know what I'll be doing. See you there, right?
Thyme2 at the Sofitel | Brisbane CBD
Living in tropical Queensland really pays off in the summer months when tropical fruits, and more importantly SEAFOOD are abundant. Thyme2 is offering a seafood extravaganza, along with a buffet selection of all the Christmas classics your heart could desire.
Motion Bar and Grill at The Marriott | Brisbane CBD
One word: luxury. How does booking a suite at the Marriot, attending a Christmas buffet breakfast, Christmas day luncheon, afternoon high tea in the ballroom, followed by a sumptuous Christmas dinner sound? Like absolute bliss, you say? Agreed.
Brasserie on the River at The Stamford Plaza | Brisbane CBD
Fancy a River view while you enjoy your Christmas lunch? Brasserie on the River will let you have just that, while you enjoy a buffet meal with all the trimmings. Meats, seafood, desserts—they've got you covered.
Il Centro | Brisbane CBD
Let's make one thing clear, any excuse is a good excuse to get you hands on the sand crab lasagna at Il Centro. The fact that it's also Christmas is just a bonus! Want something more traditional? Think succulent, grilled prawns, roasted turkey, and traditional Budino Di Natale, with warm brandy sauce and mixed berry cassata. All that, plus the view? Gorgeous.
The Summit | Mt Coot-tha
Oh, Summit, you had me at rosemary and dried cranberry freshly-baked rolls. The beautiful setting and views out across the city were enough to seal the deal, but when you follow that up with poached prawns, spiced brisket, honey-baked ham, turkey, and Christmas pudding with thick brandy custard? Well, it's game over, Summit. Game over.
Sprout | Auchenflower
Another French bistro open on Christmas day, Sprout offers a taste of home to those of us who choose to eat out on Christmas day. Beautifully-prepared food in a cosy setting, is the perfect blend for a family Christmas away from the family home.
Jellyfish | Brisbane CBD
If every other year I can remember (except for one) is anything to go by, then the weather this Christmas day is probably going to be absolutely stellar. What better way to celebrate the First Noel than to get out in the sunshine, tuck into some superb, fresh seafood, and take in the stunning view out across the Brisbane river.
Sake | Brisbane CBD
As Southern-Hemisphere folk, we know better than most that the platonic idyll of a white Chrissy is not always (read: never) achievable. Even so, who says Christmas lunch has to be all about the turkey and ham? Why not step away from tradition and try something completely different this year? A decadent, Japanese lunch might be just what the doctor ordered, and Sake won't let you down.
TUL Note: Keen for more info on these Brisbane restuarants open on Christmas day? Check out all their details, including where to find them, on their Urban List Business Profiles, which you can view by simply clicking on the blue links in the story.
Read about Sarah's exploits in the kitchen, and beyond, on her blog, The Sugar Hit. With a no calorie wastage policy, if it's no good it doesn't get past her lips. You can be sure only Brisbane's finest passes this fine food aficionado's test. Find her on Twitter @TheSarahCoates, and Facebook.
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