It’s that time of year, when your kitchen is an array of baking trays, pans, serving platters and utensils, your brow sweats against your will and even your dishwasher’s ‘fast’ cycle can’t keep up with the calamity. Why throw your entire world into disarray when there’s an assortment of restaurants willing to take the heat for you? For the sake of your stress levels, we’ve made a list of Brisbane restaurants open Christmas Day and ready to welcome your entire family – so you don’t have to.
Clear your Christmas Day schedule because after feasting at Thyme² you’ll be needing a nap to recover, whether you opt for breakfast, lunch or dinner are at the Sofitel restaurant. Thyme²’s famous Christmas day lunch and dinner includes a sensational selection of fresh seafood, plus traditional roast ham and turkey and free flowing French sparkling for those who made it onto Santa’s nice list.
An award winning, family run restaurant, Gambaro knows just what you need for a Christmas Day lunch: succulent seafood, juicy roasts, pudding for dessert and no washing up. So they’re putting on a three course meal that includes fresh king prawns and oysters and maple glazed ham, complete with a three hour drinks package for the grown ups.
Prefer to wine and dine in luxury than line up at a buffet? Be waited on hand and foot at the lab’s 5 course degustation and linger over courses like Mooloolaba spanner crab cakes and scallops with confit pork belly before you indulge to the max on chocolate marquis with eggnog ice cream. Did we mention a beverage package with beer, wine and sparkling to get you into the spirit of the season? Merry Christmas indeed.
Don’t want to have to travel too far from home (and the Christmas Day movie special) for lunch? Oxford 152 will be serving up a delicious buffet lunch in ‘burbs, with everything you could ever want for a festive feast. Fresh prawns? Check. Ham off the bone? Check. Pavlova with fresh fruit? Check!
There’s nothing worse than getting to your parent’s house for Christmas lunch and finding out Mum’s gotten a bit creative and decided to do salmon as the main course this year. Avoid potential Christmas hanger and head to a three course lunch at the Boatshed instead, where you can choose from entrees like roasted pork belly and mains like roast champagne turkey.
Nothing is more magical than Christmas in a foreign country, and C’est Bon is about as close as you’re going to get in Brisbane. Celebrate a very Parisian Christmas in Woolloongabba and transform your usual Aussie Christmas into a French feast with twice cooked turkey galantine and mango and vanilla parfait on the menu.
If there are two words that get us counting down until Christmas, it’s ‘dessert buffet.’ Tuck into three course lunch with seafood or charcuterie to start and mains of traditional turkey roast or signature dishes like the Berkshire pork chop. Just make sure you leave plenty of room for the chocolate fountain. The restaurant is also doing a dinner service, with their regular a la carte menu on offer.
The Italians might not be familiar with a sweaty Christmas, but they sure know how make a good festive season food baby. The big day at Popolo will be all about carb-loading – so it might be best to skip breakfast.
Another renowned Christmas buffet worth letting out your Christmas dresses for, The Stamford on the River has a selection of traditional and modern Christmas cuisine available as a lunch or dinner buffet. With all the favourite hot and cold dishes, and a 3.5 hour drinks package available, this seafood delight should definitely make your short list.
Celebrate a quintessentially Brisbane Christmas this year with a group of your nearest and dearest at Cove on the River Quay. Sit back and enjoy the river views Brisbane River as you stuff yourself with a two course meal that includes options like Asian spice beef ribs and king prawn pad Thai.
Libertine are open for lunch and are providing an entire meal of French-Vietnamese dishes to fill up your festive tum! Open from 11.30, lunch at Libertine means you’ll be raring and ready to go for dinner by mid afternoon.
You may have never thought of having a roasted lamb rack for Christmas lunch before, but The Euro will make you wonder why you haven’t done it before. Their five course lunch is a gourmet feast that will leave you in a food coma until New Year’s Day.
Possibly the best value lunch we’ve found, Gusto da Gianni’s four course Italian feast is all about the carbs and cheese – all you could ever want for Christmas really. Your choice of entrees and mains all leads to the glorious finale: traditional Italian trifle.