When you consider the family tensions, mass prawn de-veining sessions, sweat moustaches, and general discomfort that usually accompanies Christmas lunch, it's kind of surprising any of us choose to go through it, year after year. With that in mind, we've tracked down the helpful venues who have kindly left their doors open on Christmas Day. Here are 9 Brisbane restaurants open Christmas day, just for you:
TUL Hint: Tip your waiter. You know their Mum gave them grief about working on the big day.
Spicer's Balfour | The Balfour Kitchen
Start the big day off right with a breakfast buffet at our most beloved New Farm Queenslander/Restaurant, The Balfour Kitchen. They are also serving a heavenly 4-course lunch, with matching wines (because wine plays a completely necessary part of in-law tolerance).
Phone 07 3358 8888 to book.
Because nothing says Christmas like a stein of ale, do Christmas right, do it European style, at Bavarian Beir café. They have a special Christmas menu for groups over 10, and four set menus to choose from, so no one will leave disappointed. And with a festively Germanic line up of dishes that includes strudel, schnitzel, and GINGERBREAD ICECREAM (sorry, but, yum), you really can't go wrong with the ordering.
Phone 07 3877 5900 to book.
With their famous, fresh contemporary a la carte menu on offer, and special seasonal summer dishes, Sake is a fresh take on the seafood Christmas tradition of yore. They'll also be serving their 'Momo' dessert: peached soaked in plum wine, on plum wine granita, and garnished with seasonal blossoms. Cute. And festive.
Phone 07 3015 0557 to book.
If you want to spend Christmas day at Il Centro we advise you phone to book right this second, because it's typically their busiest day of the year! But, it is worth it! Their menu is the stuff of legends, much like Santa himself.
Phone 07 3221 6090 to book.
Veterans of the Christmas lunch, The Euro is hosting two luncheon sittings, with one beginning at 11am and the other at 3pm. The menu is iconic, for good reason, and very appropriate for this special occasion.
Phone 07 3229 3686 to book.
Ok, so Pony is not technically open on Christmas Day. But they are open for dinner on Boxing day. Which is the next best thing. This is a great option if you're forced to spend Christmas Day with your vegan in laws and you need to get your delicious meat fix the next day. Or if you just appreciate great food, and Christmas lunch wasn't enough.
Phone 07 3181 3400 to book.
Because Christmas is about seafood, Jellyfish is a no-brainer for Christmas. Best to call and book yourself a spot, because this amazing restaurant celebrating all things edible from the big blue, is going to book out fast.
Phone 07 3220 2202 to book.
New French restaurant Lutece are hosting a cracker Christmas lunch, with a menu that includes bouillabaisse, foie gras, sandcrab lasagne, turkey, traditional Christmas pudding, and a French chocolate Christmas log.
Phone 07 3161 1858 to book, or go here.
Christmas lunch is on at South Bank's Cove Bar and Dining. This is a great option for a relaxed and casual Asian-influenced Christmas meal.
Phone 07 3844 3993 to book.
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