If the thought of Christmas gives you flashbacks to sweaty mornings in front of the stove, kids stepping on your toes, food critic mothers-in-law and mountains of never-ending dishes, this year leave it to the professionals.
Give yourself the gift of a stress-less Chrissy lunch at one of Melbourne’s finest. We’ve tracked down the greatest options this year, at a variety of price points for you and your family.
Arbory Bar & Eatery
The guys at Arbory believe an Aussie Christmas is not complete without a bit of sun and a whole lot of seafood. Indulge in a two-hour all-inclusive feast full of king prawns and lobster rolls, and of course, they aren’t forgetting the classic Christmas Ham.
Although this one isn’t for the purists, BangPop’s seven-course sharing banquet promises all the festive joy of the classic Christmas Turkey.
If a holiday to Thailand isn’t in the cards any time soon allow the bright bubbly atmosphere, fruity drinks and delicious favourites like red duck curry and mango with sticky rice to transport you there, even if it’s just for lunch.
There’s something special about Christmas Lunch at the Windsor. The elegant Grand Ballroom, the Christmas tree with gifts sprawled beneath it, visits from Santa and Carollers and let’s not forget the delicious buffet.
Freshly shucked oysters, Wagyu beef, acorn-fed ham and the Windor’s Christmas Pudding is only the beginning of what’s on offer.
Do something a bit different this Christmas and take the family to Melbourne Zoo.
Wander around the zoo soaking up the festive atmosphere, feast on the Christmas buffet and listen to roaming musicians.
State Of Grace
Experience Christmas from a different angle on State of Grace’s rooftop.
The four-course menu that includes bourbon and maple glazed pork belly, passionfruit curd pavlova and a glass of bubbles on arrival is jam-packed full of Christmas cheer.
The Sofitel has kicked it up a gear this Christmas. With four different options across the hotel, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family’s Christmas lunch.
Our pick is No.35 because of its incredible views of the city skyline, visits from Santa and it’s infamous bathrooms with debatably the best view in Melbourne. Sofitel also has options for brekkie and dinner on the big day.
Bistro Guillaume is serving up a Parisian-inspired six-course feast this Christmas.
Celebrate the festive season with family and friends while devouring a succession of sophisticated french meals including Tajima wagyu fillet and Lakes Entrance john dory that is sure to make you merry.
Pascale Bar & Grill
This ritzy restaurant and boutique hotel in the QV building is serving up a sophisticated Christmas lunch.
Be greeted with a flute of bubbling Perrier Jouët Champagne and begin your procession of french-inspired dishes with a selection of oysters with Bloody Mary dressing, Jacks Creek Scotch with Bernaise and Dark Chocolate Marquis.
This Christmas Munich Brauhaus is certainly living by the mantra ‘eat, drink and be merry’. If pretzels and jägerschnitzel sound like your ideal Christmas feast, there are four different set menus to choose from.
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Image credit: Arbory Bar & Eatery