Presents, feasting and merriment aside, Christmas can be stupidly stressful. Glazed ham-induced anxiety attacks? Not fun for anyone. Burnt brussel sprouts? Don’t even get us started. It’s a wonder that any of us put ourselves through the whole Christmas lunch prep procedure (AND the washing up—ugh).
This year, ditch the apron, abandon the turkey and dine at one of Auckland’s best restaurants and hotels—they’re kindly opening their doors to feed you and your loved ones this Christmas. Here are five places to go for Christmas lunch in Auckland.
P.S. Tip your waiter. Their mother is no doubt not too happy about them working on this jolly day.
Orbit 360° Dining
Abandon those oven mitts! A Christmas in the clouds is in order. Orbit 360° Dining is putting on a gorgeous, sophisticated spread from their sky-high restaurant. Enjoy a three-course meal while taking in the sprawling views of the city. This SKYCITY restaurant rotates as you dine for a 360° view of Auckland, so you’ll get to appreciate our fine city in all its panoramic glory. With crayfish pasta, sage and cranberry turkey, and eggnog brûlée, how could you pass this up?!
Bookings: 09 363 6000
Nothing says Christmas like a gourmet buffet washed down with bubbly. Spend your Christmas in style at the Sofitel, where you’ll be treated to an indulgent spread, which overflows to the sophisticated Sabrage Bar and waterfront-facing Boulevard Room. Knock back freshly shucked oysters, slow roasted duck, baked king salmon, roasted beetroot salad and summer vegetables—this is just a snippet and trust us, you’ll want to go along to find out what else the Sofitel has to offer. Lava Dining's—Sofitel's stylish main restaraunt—Executive chef Sebastian Hindrichs will also be creating some classic festive desserts from Christmas pudding to pavlova log and cherry trifles.
Bookings: 09 354 7478
Take your nearest and dearest to a fancy feast at The Langham, one of Auckland’s most iconic hotels. Eight restaurant will be dishing up turkey and ham with all the trimmings alongside a selection of fresh seafood dishes (lobster medallion with rosemary butter is our pick). Bring your sweet tooth as the desserts will be particularly hard to resist, but since it’s Christmas, go crazy.
Bookings:09 300 2924
They had us at mulled wine. DeBretts Kitchen will be serving a swanky 4-course set menu at their inner-city hotel. Sip on ice-cold mulled wine then enjoy king fish ceviche, roasted turkey terrine and in keeping with the eggnog theme, an eggnog semifreddo and morello cherry cake. This is Christmas at its finest.
Bookings: 09 925 9000
THE CUT on Federal
Another inner-city spot turning it on this Christmas is The CUT on Federal. There are two different lunch timings to choose from (11.30pm & 1pm) and plenty of food and drink to enjoy. Launch into the impressive selection of seafood, hot meats, sides, salad, and desserts.
Bookings: 09 375 5966
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