Christmas has the potential to be a joyous occasion, but the combined pressure of extended family, opressive heat and group catering can really take the shine off your day, which is why you might want to consider just booking a table at one of these top Sydney establishments. They'll make you and yours a yuletide feast, pop the Champagne and there's no washing up required on your part. Too easy.
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This bayside hotel will be doing an extravagant lunch feast. Start with a seafood platter, followed by crisp barramundi with Sicilian olives, confit fennel and heirloom tomato. Whiskey and maple glazed ham with pineapple chilli salsa and marinated split Yamba prawns with spicy nduja gremolata are next in line. Along with the feast you'll also enjoy a four hour drinks package. There are seatings at noon, 12.30pm and 1pm and the lunch will cost $299 per person.
Why not try a Turkish style Christmas lunch this year? You'll enjoy seven-courses, including kadayif king prawns with walnut capsicum muhammara; and a slow cooked half lamb shoulder on a bed of bread and peppers. The feast will cost $85 per person; or $125 per person including matching Turkish wines.
The Potts Point, Alexandria, Crows Nest and Walsh Bay Fratelli Fresh venues are all open for Christmas lunch on the 25th, and they're offering a very affordabel $70 set menu that begins with shared antipasti, then yourchoice of roast lamb or a pasta main, followed by Italian pannettone for dessert.
This seven course feast has to be one of the best value Christmas lunches at just $88 per person. Enjoy the sunshine and Barangaroo’s prime harbourside location, and fill up on Turkish snacks including charcoal octopus with broad fava beans, sumac and pickled onions; and a half lamb shoulder with house pickles.
The Epping Club's Grand Ballroom will host a big Christmas Day feast. There will be a cavery with classic roast meats, seafood, charcuterie, salads, Christmas pudding, mince pies and more. Bookings are essential, and the lunch costs $99.50 for club members and $105.50 non-members.
Sydney’s Park Hyatt is famous for its harbour views and exceptional service. The hotel is offering Christmas Day lunches and dinners in the dining room (four-courses with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for $310; or with matching wines for $375) as well as at the Guest House (a family-style share table four-course lunch with beverage package for $310).
Executive chef Dany Karam will prepare a special five-course feast. The festive fine-dining affair will include king salmon tartare in a spicy tomato broth; a turkey main with macadamia nut stuffing; and heirloom carrots and rhubarb chutney. Or you can opt in for steaks with a yuletide twist: striploin grain fed Angus MBS 3+, served with smoked potato, asparagus, Yorkshire pudding and foie gras.
This luxe CBD hotel's Ballroom, will transform into a winter wonderland with some help from Disney's Frozen. There will be special appearances from the film's favourite characters, plus a traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings, a magical Frozen-themed kids dessert buffet, a visit from Santa and a special Frozen sing alongs.
There will be market-fresh lobster, crab, oysters, prawns and mussels at Café Opera’s buffet, plus turkey and ham-carving stations for traditionalists and theatrical dessert displays. You can book in for lunch at noon, 2pm or 2.30pm with the buffet costing $250 per person; or for dinner at 5.30pm or 8pm, costing $150 per person.
On Christmas day Balla will be dishing out a share-style Christmas lunch for $135 per person. Graze on antipasti, potato gnocchi with spanner crab, wood-fired prawns, suckling pig and a traditional Christmas panettone. You'll also get plenty of sparkling wine to accompany your long lunch.
Celebrate Christmas with a vast seafood buffet, a traditional carvery and desserts. You lunch ($199 per person; children $105; children under six dine free) includes a three hour beverage package of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and live entertainment.
This year’s buffet at Café Mix features Balmain bugs, poached prawns, mussels, freshly shucked Pacific and Sydney rock oysters and blue swimmer crab. Expect a ham and turkey carving station, as well as cheeses from around the globe, and dessert by executive pastry chef Anna Polyviou. Christmas Day lunch runs from noon-2.30pm with prices starting at $130; Christmas Day dinner bookings are available from 6-10pm, starting at $100.
Eat a festive-themed Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch while taking in 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and beyond. Included is a Christmas-themed three course menu, a glass of sparkling on arrival, live music and Christmas-themed packs for children.