Christmas is stressful enough as it is, so why not leave it to the experts and have your sit down lunch with the fam in style? From some of Sydney's best restaurants, here are our top tips for where to have a festive lunch on Christmas Day.
Ripples | Milsons Point
For the first time ever, Ripples Milsons Point is opening for Christmas Day lunch and they are making it count with an amazing four course set menu. Forget about stuffing the turkey or glazing the ham, sit down and enjoy a delicious meal whilst overlooking one of the best views in Sydney! Bookings essential.
Ormeggio at The Spit | Mosman
Executive chef and owner Alessandro Pavoni has created an impressive four-course degustation menu that makes for an indulgent Christmas Day lunch at this two-hatted restaurant. Enjoy the waterfront views overlooking Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay for a perfect festive feast!
LuMi Bar & Dining | Pyrmont
Why not skip the washing up this year and book a table at LuMi for Christmas lunch? A mix of Japanese and Italian style cuisines, head chef Federico Zanellato has created a five-course degustation menu, perfect for sitting down with your nearest and dearest, relaxing and admiring the harbour views.
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel | Watsons Bay
The idea of a fresh seafood platter, BBQed Yamba prawns with garlic, chilli and lemon, or a whisky and honey glazed organic ham sound good to you? Swap your messy kitchen for stunning a waterfront location this Christmas lunch at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. This classic Christmas Day four-course lunch has a nice Australian twist, so enjoy some Cape Mentelle wines and look forward to the mango and passionfruit pavlova for dessert.
QT Sydney | CBD
We like the idea of a flute of Perrier-Jouet champagne upon arrival to anywhere but we particularly like it on Christmas Day. At $150 per person, there are lots of options to make the perfect Christmas Day out at Gowings Bar & Grill. Seafood platters, truffle cheese fondue pastry balls and a choice between roasted duck, turkey or pasta for the main course and plenty of limoncello and individual steamed Christmas puddings for dessert. Sound good? Get in quick and make a booking right here.
InterContinental Sydney | Double Bay
European tradition and share plates are on the agenda at Double Bay’s InterContinental this Christmas lunch. Executive Chef Julien Pouteau’s three-course bespoke menu is filled with a range of yummy seafood (fresh oysters and prawns and a salt-baked Gold Band snapper), a Christmas roast to share or an apple and nectarine baked leg of ham. Using the freshest and the best ingredients, you can’t miss out on this incredible menu at one of Sydney’s best restaurants.
Aqua Dining | Milsons Point
A four-course degustation menu at Aqua Dining under the harbour bridge sounds like a pretty good plan to us! For the first time this year Aqua Dining is opening for lunch on Christmas Day, so take advantage and get in quick for what will be a fantastic afternoon of wining and dining in one of Sydney’s best spots.
BLACK by ezard | Pyrmont
Food comas and Christmas cocktails are on offer at The Star’s BLACK by ezard this Christmas Day. The biggest decision you will have to make this Christmas Day is whether to pick the turkey, the champagne ham or the Tasmanian salmon for your main course, but we assure you – either way you won’t be disappointed. So take it easy this Christmas and book a table for a delicious and decadent lunch.
Image credit: Ormeggio at the Spit