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All Of The Best Christmas Day Dining In Melbourne

By Bianca O'Neill - 04 Dec 2017

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There are heaps of things to be annoyed about on Christmas Day—crazy relatives, shitty presents from Santa, and your mum reminding you of how little you achieved this year… oh, just me? Ok…

However, if you plan on letting a bunch of professionals do the hard work on the big day this year, the one thing you don’t have to worry about is the washing up. Sometimes it’s the little things you guys.

Here’s the best Christmas Day dining in Melbourne this year.

No. 35

Why not add a cracking view over Melbourne to your Christmas Day meal? Head to the Sofitel and pop up to No 35 for a Christmas Day feast like no other. Lunch sees a buffet filled with seafood and carvery meats paired with an unlimited drinks package for $325pp, and dinner is similar at $149pp.

Check out the menu here.

St Ali         

Everyone’s favourite South Melbourne local will be open on Christmas Day this year from 7am to 6pm. Basically, the best news you’ve heard all week—considering almost nothing else is open for brekkie on the big day. They may even bust out a special menu—stay tuned.

Pascale Bar & Grill

Also open for brekkie on Christmas Day is Pascale Bar & Grill. Head there from 6.30am for a quick pre-family-event top up, or indulge in their five-course Christmas Lunch. A glass of G.H Mumm will be quickly followed by abalone, confit salmon, decadent beef wellington and Christmas pudding ice cream at  $170pp. A roaming cocktail cart will tide you over until the rooftop opens at 4pm.

The Cliveden Bar & Dining

If lobster is your game this festive season, then you’ll want to be at The Cliveden. At $275pp, you’ll happily nom on your orange buddies alongside turkey, ham, a Mediterranean antipasto bar, charcuterie and a chocolate fountain. Um, yes please.

Check out the menu here.

Arbory Bar & Eatery

It’s sure to be a gorgeous summer day on the 25th (c’mon Melby), so why not celebrate Chrissy by the water? Head down to Arbory Bar & Eatery for a three-course shared menu and a 2hr beverage package at an affordable $145pp. Plus, their floating pop up bar, Arbory Afloat, will also be open for a cheeky post-lunch tipple.

Check out the rundown here.

Pure South Dining

Celebrating all the best produce from down south, this Tassie-stocked eatery is going fancy this year with a four-course lunch including drinks, featuring Huon Tasmanian Salmon and King Island grass-fed eye fillet. At $249pp, this one is sure to sell out quickly. If it does, you can always head downstairs to PS Bar + Kitchen for a similar offering at $199pp.

Get the full rundown here.

The Point

If four or five courses just isn’t enough Christmas indulgence, head to The Point in Albert Park this Chrissy for a nine-course set menu accompanied by a glass of Pol Roger on arrival. The menu includes summer lobster soup, quail ballotine, and smoked wagyu short rib, at $295pp. Or, you can head to the Promenade Buffet at $245pp.

Get the full rundown here.

Eureka 89

Get down to business on the big day with a delicious four-course feast, perched 89 stories above Melbourne. $260 will nab you Christmas Day classics like prawns, turkey and oysters, rounded out with a pecan and cherry pudding. Yum.

Get the full rundown here.

Grosvenor Hotel

If being near the beach is key this Christmas, head to the Grosvenor’s Chrissy lunch in St Kilda. At $110pp, they’re serving up Crystal Bay prawns with gazpacho dressing, John Dory with freekeh and heirloom zucchini salad, and turkey breast with potato fondants. There will even be a traditional Christmas pud.

Get the full rundown here.

Sofitel

Apart from the premium goodies at No 35, Sofitel will also be hosting buffets at Sofi’s Lounge ($249pp), Level 35 Tower Suites ($265pp) and in their Grand Ballroom ($199pp). Featuring festive faves like seafood, meats, salads and desserts, all paired with unlimited beverage packages, you can’t really go wrong.

Get the full rundown here.

Hophaus German Bar & Grill

If that whole Aussie seafood obsession just isn’t your jam at Christmas, head into Hophaus for a decidedly European offering. Their German festive menu features pork knuckle with spiced apple puree and roasted turkey with sage and chestnut stuffing. How could you not really, for $95pp.

Check out the menu here.

Diesel Bar & Eatery

One of Melbourne’s newest venues is getting into the spirit with a three-course Chrissy lunch at only $95pp—plus, they’re throwing in a glass of Chandon to kick off the festivities! Their menu includes stuffed zucchini flowers, grilled swordfish and classic plum pudding—and you can throw in a bevvy package for only another $45.

Get the full rundown here.

Munich Brauhaus

Also getting into the European swing of things is Munich Brauhaus’ Christmas feast. You can choose from their a-la-carte menu, a festive platter, or a set menu—and we can pretty much guarantee you won’t leave on an empty stomach.

Get the full rundown here.

O'Connell's

After launching a new menu this month, O'Connell's will be testing their fresh flavours on Christmas Day this year with a four-course offering at $145pp. Choose between hiramasa kingfish ceviche and king salmon with oyster emulsion for entree, and classic turkey with cranberry stuffing and dry aged Robbins Island wagyu for mains. 

Check out the menu here.

Still working out what to get people for Christmas? Well, here's what not to get them.

Image credit: P.S Bar & Kitchen | Michelle Jarni

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