Decided to wash your hands of the Christmas day lunch prep (and subsequent washing up), or just know you’re going to leave everything to the last minute and then try to find a winning substitute?
Yes, you’ve left it somewhat late in the year to get organised, but, never fear, we’re here to save your Christmas cheer (and all that time burning the turkey...) We’ve teamed up with the problem solving legends at Bingle and rounded up the best places to get your Christmas Day lunch this year that aren't booked out already—because making your life simple and easy in the silly season is, really, the greatest gift of all.
Treat yourself to the culinary delights of head chef Paul Tyas at the Grosvenor Hotel this Xmas. The three course menu will feature premium beef from Gippsland Victoria, seafood, turkey, and of course, delectable desserts—there’s even a tailored kids menu. An annual sell-out feast at $95 per adult and $35 per child we recommend getting in early to secure your table. Check out their website for more menu details and online bookings.
Give Christmas a New York touch with a festive lunch at Melbourne’s Manhattan-inspired Dutchess. With a four-course menu by Executive Chef Justin Wise, serving a range of scrumptious seafood starters, mains including the Cape Grimm porterhouse, and finishing off with traditional Xmas sweets, pull up a seat with the fam and enjoy. Lunch bookings are $145 per adult and $55 per child where kids under 7 eat free. Contact Dutchess to secure your spot.
With a fine dining feast on offer (and one for the more chilled out peeps), St Ali is the place to hit up Christmas Lunch with a great vibe. For the traditional Xmas experience, diners can sit down to an entrée of marron or tuna tartare on pea mash, roast turkey with red currants or a roasted rack of lamb with mint pea puree for mains, and a choice between good ol’ Christmas pudding or pavlova for dessert. Keen for more kick-back eats? Tuck in to the Aussie style BBQ in the summer garden. Lunch bookings are $65 per head and bookings can be made through the website.
The Hotel Windsor
Feel like splashing out on Christmas lunch? Go all-out with the extensive buffet banquet at The Hotel Windsor, featuring mouth-watering vanilla-poached Tasmanian salmon, free-range ham and turkey, spring lamb, pork belly, and eight different Xmas themed desserts. At $299 a head including beverages ($215 for children aged 12-18 years and $125 aged under 12), you’ll be seated up in the Grand Ballroom, and feeling like royalty. Phone the hotel for bookings.
Pop over to Fed Square for Taxi Kitchen’s 5-course lunch menu. Kick off with the amuse bouche of sesame scorched oyster and salt and vinegar crackle before a set of 4 entrees, mouthwatering mains, and desserts including a hearty Christmas pudding. Reservations are $185 per person (beverages not included) and bookings are essential so email or buzz them.
The best Christmas present might just be a slice of world-famous Gradi pizza. Johnny Di Francesco, Gradi's restaurateur and chef, is a true master of his craft—and this year he brings us an exciting prospect for Christmas Day lunch. A 5-course lunch menu includes a selection of cured meats to start, followed up by a classic Gradi pizza, and many more delicious Neapolitan delicacies. A glass of Prosecco or a Mocktail is included in the price. Reservations are $180 per adult and bookings are essential—phone Gradi to book.
No. 8 by John Lawson
Celebrate your Christmas day with stunning riverside views at Crown Melbourne’s modern Australian restaurant, No. 8 by John Lawson. Presenting a 6-course lunch menu that showcases superb fresh local produce, this Christmas feast will not disappoint. Guests will be treated to contemporary Australian cuisine ranging from Yarra Valley turkey to traditional Christmas pudding. Lunch bookings are $240 per person, including a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut MV. Bookings are essential so call 03 9292 5777 or visit the Crown Melbourne website https://www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/no8-john-lawson.
Collins Kitchen is delivering your perfect Christmas lunch buffet that will be sure to leave you full and satisfied post-feast. Running from 12-3pm on Christmas day there is ample time to taste all the different treats on offer. The buffet includes stations for sushi & sashimi, pasta, wood-fired delights, Chinese BBQ and a patisserie. Prices are $290.00 per adult and $108.00 per child (6-12 years old), and adult tickets include champagne, premium white and red wine, beer and selected cocktails. Be sure to book! [email protected]
And a little bonus on Christmas Eve... At the Grosvenor Hotel
St Kilda East
The Grosvenor Hotel is having a free Moët et Chandon tasting this Christmas Eve. This is probably the most attractive invite to a Christmas Eve event…ever! Hosted by Grocery & Bottle Shop manager, Alastair Dobbs, the night includes a structured tasting of a range of Moët et Chandon products including Veuve Clicquot, Hennessy and Glenmorangie. The Grosvenor may even take inspiration from the recent James Bond film, Spectre, by making martinis so that the guests on the night can sample Belvedere in cocktail form. The tasting is free and runs from 5-7:30pm, no bookings required.
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