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The 5 best lunch locations for a staff Christmas party


What better way to make your staff feel appreciated than celebrating with food? Here are our restaurant picks for an epic Christmas party.

  1. Bennelong

    Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales

    There are few Sydney attractions more legendary than the Opera House, and there are few dining rooms quite as impressive as Bennelong, set beneath the pearly sails of this waterside performing arts venue and with views of the Harbour Bridge. Executive chef Peter Gilmore (also of Quay fame) crafts menus that celebrate Australian produce, in dishes such as Maremma pasture-raised duck and mud crab congee – set-course degustations are ideal for larger groups and can be enjoyed in various private spaces.

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  2. Chiswick Woollahra

    Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales

    Enveloped by lush gardens and perfectly manicured lawns, Chiswick is like a slice of country life in Sydney’s upscale Woollahra neighbourhood. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to the sound of birds fluttering between tall palms, the sun streaming into the private dining room. Overseen by chef and owner Matt Moran, wait staff deliver seasonally inspired share plates to long tables – think skillet prawns, braised field mushrooms, roasted lamb with rosemary – with much of the menu’s produce sourced from the on-site kitchen garden or the Moran family farm.

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  3. Flower Drum

    Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

    If you’re looking to spoil your staff, you’ve chosen correctly. Endlessly applauded Flower Drum sits in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown, winning awards from the day it opened in 1975. The Cantonese cuisine here doesn’t skip a beat, delivering delicate flavours in dishes like wok-fried wild barramundi and jade tiger abalone with crystal noodles. There are various private dining rooms to choose from, depending on the size of your party, and banquet menus make ordering a breeze.

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  4. Waterfront Southgate

    Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria

    Celebrate the end of the year in style at this light-filled restaurant, smack-bang on the Yarra River in Southbank. Mingle with colleagues while enjoying views of Melbourne’s dazzling skyline, then sit down to a ‘sea-to-plate’ meal that heroes locally sourced produce. Set menus take the pressure out of ordering, and might include freshly shucked Pacific oysters, Moreton Bay bugs or pork belly with soy caramel. There are also plenty of meat options, which chefs prepare on a wood-fired grill, as well as bulging platters that are perfect for sharing.

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  5. OTTO Brisbane

    South Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland

    Sparkling is the only way to describe the view at Otto, with absolute riverfront access in South Bank. There are various sun-kissed spaces to lounge in – regardless of the dining room you choose, you’re in for a modern Italian treat. The menu here is all about simplicity in preparation and excellence in produce, with generous plates designed to be served family style. Pass around antipasti, delectable small bites, house-made pastas and perfectly cooked cuts of meat and fish – la dolce vita at its finest.

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