Catering for the clan on Christmas Day can really take the fun out of festive season. So why not hang up your novelty apron and leave it to the experts?
We’re delivering the most appetising options for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast. And with the big day fast approaching you’d best be finalising plans, pronto.
QT Ballroom & Bazaar Marketplace At QT Gold Coast
The jolly and colourful crew at QT Gold Coast know how to throw an awesome bash at the best of times, so it’s safe to hand over the reins on Christmas Day. Their ever-popular QT Ballroom luncheon and Bazaar breakfast always sell out—so book early! Expect interactive food stations and all your fave festive trimmings like suckling pig, fresh trawler-caught seafood, charcuterie bars, dessert buffets, drinks packages and a guaranteed food baby. Rum Egg Nog, anyone?
Where: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Various; starting at $55 for breakfast buffet and $150-$229 for lunch and dinner packages (including drinks)
To Book: 07 5584 1200 or click here
Seaduction, the chicest dining establishment on Surfers Paradise’s foreshore, has just released their Christmas Day offering so act fast before it books out. With glistening ocean views as your backdrop, Seaduction’s upper level dining room will be serving a shared buffet with noms including double smoked leg ham, baked prawns, fresh shucked oysters and a glass of Eggnog on arrival.
Where: Level 2, Peppers Soul, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Adult and teens $225; children $135 (4-12 years)
To Book: 07 5635 5710 or click here
Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC
A much-loved local, Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC is a beaut ocean side destination to celebrate the arrival of Saint Nick. Act fast or you’ll miss out on a chill buffet luncheon with fresh seafood, hot and cold meats, salads, desserts and three hours of unlimited drinkies. Get your fill with a stuff-yourself-silly lunch then take the tribe to the beach, ‘cause that’s what an Aussie Christmas is all about.
Where: 741 Pacific Parade, Currumbin
Cost: Adults $170 (members) or $190 (non members), teens $100 (13-17 years), children $50 (2-12 years)
To Book: 07 5534 2932 or click here
Critique + Chapter & Verse Lounge Bar At Marriott Resort & Spa
You don’t need to be checked into a hotel to feel like you’re having a holiday. Gather your nearest and dearest this Christmas for a luxe buffet luncheon at Marriott Resort and Spa’s Critique restaurant. Let’s be honest, your seat is not the cheapest in town, but you get to feast on lobster, delicious roasts, smoked kangaroo, Moet champagne, boutique beers and premium wines. But it’s not all about the lobster and top-shelf booze; you’ll be stuffing yourself with all the yummy eats as well. Or, if you’d prefer to avoid the inevitable food baby, book a table at the adult’s only seafood tower and champagne luncheon in the leafy surrounds of Chapter & Verse Lounge.
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Critique: Adults $335, teens $205 (13-17 years), children $155 (5-12 years) or $55 (3-4 years); Chapter & Verse: Adults only $350 per couple
To Book: Email [email protected] or [email protected] respectively
Enchanted Wonderland Lunch + room81 At Sofitel Hotel
If you’ve got the kiddies in tow, or just love being immersed in the Chrissy spirit, this one is for you. With that always-French flavour, Broadbeach’s Sofitel Hotel is letting the elves loose on lunch and they’ve got plans to whip out a gourmet seafood and hot carvery buffet in the ballroom. There will be live entertainment and a customary visit from Santa, fresh off the back of his round-the-world adventures. Or, for the serious Christmas foodie, two chef-hatted room81’s gastronomic journey will involve a stunning four-course lunch and three-hour premium drinks package—this one is for adults only.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach
Cost: Ballroom: Adults $255, teens $175 (12-17 years), children $100 (6-11 years) or $55 (5 years and under); room81: Adults only $230
To Book: Via Gold Coast Tickets
Little Truffle and chef Daniel Ridgeway are hosting one of the most refined foodie offerings this Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast. We’re talking chestnut and truffle soup with mushroom tortellini, followed by your choice of pork hock and duck breast terrine, confit king salmon, plus plenty more deliciousness. Not your typical Christmas Day line up, but then again, this is not your typical dining establishment.
Where: 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Cost: $155 per person (food only)
To Book: 07 5526 5033 or click here
Garden Kitchen & Bar At The Star
2018 has been one helluva year for The Star Gold Coast, so this is one team who’s ready to deck the halls and get festive. Building on the buzz that always seems to radiate out of this landmark property, Christmas festivities at breezy Garden Kitchen & Bar include a gorgeous set lunch with butter poached local prawns, roasted turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, smoked pork rack and a cherry-infused pavlova for dessert. Did we mention drinks are included? Just don’t go blowing all your gifted Christmas coin in the gaming room, kapeesh?
Where: Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Cost: Adults and teens $145, children $75 (5-12 years) or $40 (3-4 years)
To Book: Via the website or click here
Mirage Grand Ballroom At Sheraton Grand Mirage
Forget about that novelty kitchen apron this festive season, because Sheraton Grand Mirage at Main Beach is putting on your Christmas spread—and she’s a beauty! Whether you choose to take the whole family to the generous seafood buffet in the Mirage Grand Ballroom, a seven-course lunch degustation in the Oyster Bay or the festive seafood spread in Terraces Restaurant, there’s no two ways about it, this resort is going to be heaving come December 25.
Where: 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: Grand Ballroom: Adults $249, teens $205 (13-17 years), children $130 (4-12 years); Oyster Bar: Adults $180 (food only); Terraces: Adults and teens $250 (food only)
To Book: 07 5577 0035 or click here
Christmas Day Feasting At Palazzo Versace
Rather than splurging on presents this year, go all out with the swankiest Christmas Day offering on the Gold Coast. Celebrated Main Beach resort, Palazzo Versace, is hosting decadent buffets, set menus and degustation feasts across their grand ballroom and various restaurants. Expect king prawns, Moreton Bay bugs, Queensland spanner crabs, Pacific oysters, juicy roasts, abundant salads and sides plus a dessert buffet—come with a very empty stomach. Spaces will fill fast (Il Barocco is always quick to sell out) so, if you snooze, you know what they say, you’ll lose.
Where: Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Cost: Il Barocco: Adults $249; La Medusa Ballroom: Adults $269; Vanitas Restaurant, Adults $295
To Book: 07 5509 8000 or click here
Cucina Vivo At The Star Gold Coast
For a sassy Italian twist on your Christmas feast this year, book the fam bam into The Star’s Cucina Vivo. Paired nicely with a three-hour drinks package, the four-course plated lunch featuring a poached prawns and spanner crab salad, house made ravioli with roasted pumpkin, suckling pig with braised apple and slow-roasted turkey breast already has us salivating in anticipation.
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Island
Cost: Adults and teens $175, children $75 (5-12 years) or $40 (3-4 years)
To Book: Via the website or click here
Already covered for Christmas Day lunch on the Gold Coast? You’d best be planning your Boxing Day beach cricket at one of these epic beaches next.