Christmas Day should be about relaxing and spending time with your loved ones, right? So this year, why not ditch the home-based celebrations (along with those pesky cookbooks!) and get the squad together for a festive feast at one of these fine establishments. Just sit back, relax and make merry while someone else does all the work.
Escape the rat-race this Christmas and spend your day amongst the olive groves at famed Bombay restaurant, Bracu. Its traquil, rural setting provides the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated holiday menu that includes mouth-watering dishes like duck breast with creamed cabbage, watercress, roasted root vegetables and croissant bread sauce. With a glass of bubbles and olive skincare gift also included in the price, you'll feel like all your Christmases have come at once.
$179 per person, lunch only
The Sugar Club, Sky City
For a festive feast that's quite literally next-level, head up Auckland's tallest building to The Sugar Club. Yes, if the Sky Tower were a Christmas tree then this world-class restaurant is surely the shining star on top. Located 53 floors above ground, not only will you enjoy one of the best views in the city—you'll also be treated to an elegant four-course meal showcasing seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, as well as a glass of champagne. And seeing as it's the one day of the year where over-indulgence is not only acceptable, but actively encouraged, you'd better finish off with one of the Club's coveted cocktails.
$195 per person (excluding cocktails), lunch and dinner
Masu, Sky City
For those who want to steer clear of tradition, there's not a single slice of ham or turkey in sight at the award-winning Masu—which is instead offering diners a scrumptious, Japanese-style Nichiyo Brunch. A continuous selection of tempura, sashimi, maki rolls, Japanese pancakes, salads and other small dishes will be available from the robabta counter—followed by a shared main course and dessert platter. Meri Kurisumasu!
$75 per person, brunch only
Stamford Plaza's epic holiday buffet is a guaranteed food baby in the making. Take your pick of festive faves such as honey-glazed ham with pineapple salsa, turkey breast with cranberry chutney and stuffing, bread and butter pudding with whisky custard and a chocolate Christmas log—as well as salads and antipasto, sushi and seafood stations. And for those who like to start the festivities early, there's also an impressive breakfast buffet available.
$49 per person, breakfast; $199 per person, lunch and dinner
DeBrett's Kitchen, Hotel DeBrett
Eat, drink and be merry at the stylish inner-city haven that is DeBrett's Kitchen. You'll be greeted with a Christmas-themed cocktail upon arrival, then work your way through a selection of both traditional and contemporary dishes ranging from seared scallops with avocado, green apple and crème fraiche through to roast turkey with cranberry relish, new potatoes, minted peas and roast vegetables. End celebrations on a sweet note by indulging in a bowl of Christmas steamed pud drizzled in brandy sauce and a tasty, housemade chocolate truffle.
$165 per person, lunch and dinner
Cooke's Restaurant And Bar, Hotel Grand Windsor
A chic, five-course menu awaits those who choose to spend December 25 at Cooke's Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy the restaurant's stylish, heritage setting whilst feasting on clever Christmas-style dishes such as truffle bread and butter pudding with parmesan custard, and cherry treacle tart. A festive cocktail is also included—however if you want to go the extra mile and really treat yourself, consider adding an organic wine pairing to your meal for just $80. An exquisite champagne breakfast is also on offer.
$65 per person, breakfast; $195 per person, lunch and dinner
Eight, Cordis Hotel
For a Yuletide banquet with all the trimmings, head along to Eight. The team here believe that some traditions are worth keeping and so with that in mind, are serving up all the holiday fare you know and love—think succulent cuts of ham and turkey, delicious duck-fat potatoes and rich Christmas pudding as well as beautiful Christmas-themed cakes, all in a grand festive setting. A lavish champagne breakfast is also available.
$109 per person, breakfast ; $289 per person, lunch; $239 per person, dinner
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