Everybody knows that calories don’t count on Christmas Day. In fact, a festive food coma is encouraged and expected. We mean, if you don’t get into a food coma, you’ve seriously done Christmas wrong and should quite frankly be ashamed of yourself. Ashamed. Especially when you’re damn right spoilt for choice when it comes to where you should to dine.
If you’re stuck in Sydney for the festive season, don’t stress. Here’s your guide to the best places to eat on Christmas Day in Sydney.
Fratelli Fresh Christmas Day Lunch
We love Fratelli everyday of the year, so it’s no surprise they’re plating up a serious feast for Christmas Day (which makes us love them that much more). Unbuckle your pants and prepare to feast on antipasti (allll the antipasti), king prawns, rock oysters and the lamb shoulder is always a good choice. It’ll have you wishing a Merry Christmas to your taste buds.
What: Christmas Day Lunch Fratelli Fresh
Where: Fratelli Fresh, Potts Point, Walsh Bay and Alexandria
When: Monday 25 of December, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Cost: $75 per person
Bavarian Bier Café & Munich Brauhaus
If a boozy and delicious Christmas Day is what you’re after, Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and Bavarian Bier are serving up goods worthy of a massive celebration. Think haus-baked pretzel, turkey uber schnitzel with cranberry compote and even Christmas plum pudding… this is why no one diets in December.
What: Bavarian Bier Café & Munich Brauhaus Christmas Day Lunch
Where: Bavarian Bier Café in Bondi, Munich Brauhaus at The Rocks & The Bavarian in Manly
When: Monday 25 December,12pm
Cost: Varies depending on location
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
If you’d simply rather be sipping on champagne than getting hot and flustered in the kitchen this Christmas Day, you’ll want to check out the luxe Chrissy lunch at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. With a four-hour lunch package, you’ll get to set your gaze on some whiskey and maple glazed ham, a chilled seafood platter and a slice of the Watsons Bay signature beef wellington. More details here.
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
When: Monday 25 December, 12pm – 1pm
Cost: $299 for adults, $125 for children under 18, Children under 6 free
It isn’t a silly season without bottomless champagne and the geniuses at Q Dining are well aware of this. Join them this Christmas Day for a three-course lunch menu with an epic view on the side. For food, think wood-side goats curd with compressed watermelon and lemon balm to start followed by Alaskan crab with avocado and finger lime for mains. Sold? Book your spot here.
Where: Q Dining, Pullman Grand
When: Monday 25 December, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost: $299 per adult, $149.50 per child
In true Aussie fashion you can fill your Christmas Day celebrations with all the seafood. Try their sashimi platter, lobster tempura and definitely their Blackmore Wagyu flank steak with shio koji marinade (because balance). For anyone aiming for Santa-scale stomachs then say ho ho heyyyy to the Nigiri sushi plate—we know it sounds a bit OTT but it’s not. You’re worth it. You’ll obviously be hitting up dessert and, duh, the yamazaki caramel macchiato with coffee ice cream, coco nibs and whisky foam is a yes. Book here.
Where: The Darling at The Star, Level G
When: Christmas Day, lunch from12pm
Cost: $150 per person, $65 per child
Get ready to say buon Natale to Sydney’s favourite Italian superstars at Balla. For those wanting to avoid post-Christmas trashed kitchens and certain family members that hang around a little tooooo late—head down to The Star this Christmas Day. With a set menu for the entire family you’ll be feasting on generous plates of wood-grilled octopus, suckling pig and alllllll the antipasto plates. ICYMI these Italian stallions are saying ‘come to us and we will feed you AND clean up afterwards, all you have to do is EAT’. Then, eat all the dessert. It’s Christmas, people!
Where: The Star, Level G
When: Christmas Day
Cost: $135 per person, $65 per child
The Epping Club
For low key local affair, head to the Epping Club for your Christmas lunch this year—no really, do it. You can expect the usual Christmas suspects like honey-glazed ham and roast turkey, plus dishes like vegan orecchiette with tomato, eggplant, olive and salsa verde and spice rubbed pork loin. We’ll take all four, thanks. Book here.
Where: The Epping Club
When: Monday 25 December
Cost: $99.50 for members, $105.50 for non-members
Lucky for you (and us), eating a year’s worth of food in one day is what Bistro Moncur is all about. Drive up on to Bistro Moncur and get a five-course dinner degustation; which means your festive feast is totally sorted. And by the way, their seriously awesome cauliflower gratin and confit potatoes make an appearance. Book here.
Where: Bistro Moncur, Woollahra
When: Monday 25 December
Cost: $350pp including a drink on arrival
InterContinental Double Bay’s Christmas Day Buffet Luncheon
Two words. Christmas Buffet. If that’s not the greatest thing in the world, we don’t know what is. Hit up the InterContinental for an absolutely epic festive feed including fresh oysters (get your fancy on), prawns, and slow roasted turkey with wild cranberry citrus compote, hazelnut yule log and berry strudel. Eat until that food coma comes. Make that belly burn. More details here.
What: Christmas Day Buffet Luncheon
Where: InterContinental, Grand Ballroom
When: Monday 25 December,12pm – 4pm
Cost: Prices vary
Coffee Tea and Me
Coffee Tea and Me have you sorted with your morning caffeine hit from 7am because we know you guys will be starting early this year. In fact, your breakfast is sorted too and it’s all about the bagels this Christmas Day.
And this is where to head for a Christmas party.
Bistro Moncur | Image credit: Alana Dimou