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Restaurant options for lunch on Christmas day?

By AdventureTime - 17 September 2011 23

Does anyone know which restaurants will be open this year for Christmas day lunch?  We have tried the Hyatt in the past, but I think it’s over-priced for the quality of the food.  Happy to pay up to $150 per head, so long as the food is worth it.  So far I’ve found these options:

– Benchmark Wine Bar (set menu ~$125 per head)

– Rydges Lakeside (buffet ? price)

– Konoba Hotel Realm (set menu $120 per head)

– Boathouse Restaurant ($210 per head excluding drinks – too expensive!)

Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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23 Responses to
Restaurant options for lunch on Christmas day?
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rodent 11:26 am
17 Sep 11
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Isn’t this a topic on RA every year?

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Ben_Dover 12:27 pm
17 Sep 11
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rodent said :

Isn’t this a topic on RA every year?

And isn’t the consensus that eating Xmas dinner in an overpriced restaurant takes any and all fun and meaning out of the event?

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johnboy 12:52 pm
17 Sep 11
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beats sitting alone eating pudding out of a can with your fingers though.

and christmas comes around once a year I’ve come to understand.

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Ben_Dover 1:06 pm
17 Sep 11
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johnboy said :

beats sitting alone eating pudding out of a can with your fingers though.

You’ve not met my family Johnboy.

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AdventureTime 1:30 pm
17 Sep 11
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Ben_Dover said :

rodent said :

Isn’t this a topic on RA every year?

And isn’t the consensus that eating Xmas dinner in an overpriced restaurant takes any and all fun and meaning out of the event?

For those of us who have to work over the Christmas period it’s a convenient way to enjoy a nice meal with your family without the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterwards :-)

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screaming banshee 8:20 pm
17 Sep 11
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Xmas lunch at a restaurant is the best thing we’ve ever started and the tradition will be 6 years old for us this year. We get our family get together over and done with on Xmas eve, then have the most relaxing day. Cooked breakfast and spend all morning with the kids, go out for a fantastic feed, return home for a lazy afternoon. No prep, no mess, no relatives, it’s seriously the most serene day of the year and the effort that the staff put in on the day means its worth every cent……well maybe not $210, but everywhere is reasonable.

As for where to go, we went to Courgette last year and it was great, before that it was First Floor but they’re gone. If you’re in Brissy on the day I assure you that you will not be disappointed at Joseph Alexander’s.

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Clown Killer 11:23 pm
17 Sep 11
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We love restaurant Christmas dinners. Most years, we’re on a flight out on Boxing Day off skiing in Europe or Japan so the fact that we have no mess, no fuss and still get the family together to celebrate Jesus’ birthday!

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Waiting For Godot 5:35 am
18 Sep 11
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rodent said :

Isn’t this a topic on RA every year?

. . . and we always get those idiots calling the original poster selfish and saying “why don’t you volunteer to feed the less fortunate” or some other nonsense. It’s a bit like the first blowfly of Summer.

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Angelina 9:20 am
18 Sep 11
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Ben_Dover said :

rodent said :

Isn’t this a topic on RA every year?

And isn’t the consensus that eating Xmas dinner in an overpriced restaurant takes any and all fun and meaning out of the event?

So….you’re saying that the meaning of xmas is eating dinner at home? I’m not sure if I believe that. I’m going to have to ask Santa.

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squashee 1:44 pm
18 Sep 11
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The Carrington Inn at Bungendore used to do a good Christmas lunch. IIRC it was about $150 for outside finger food, then a three course lunch indoors and alcohol included.

Only problem is you need a non-drinker to volunteer to drive, as Bungendore is stuck in the middle of nowhere.

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suemaree 6:14 pm
18 Sep 11
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have been to Rydges Capital Hill a couple of time service and food always excellent, pricey but worth it,as others have said no fuss, no mess

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Wily_Bear 8:12 pm
18 Sep 11
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I get that the Boathouse appears to be pricey, however it manages to combine the delightful surrounds with great food and an excellent selection of wines for the drinkers. Add to that an exemplary standard of hygiene, and you are assured of a dining experience sadly lacking in Canberra. Too often it seems you have to make a choice between nice decor and good food or vice versa.
I would urge you to save your pennies for the Boathouse if possible, otherwise + 1 for Rydges Capital Hill

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Jethro 9:50 pm
18 Sep 11
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So… are (very small) children welcome at these places on Christmas Day?

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lobster 10:56 pm
18 Sep 11
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KFC is open on Christmas day.

Or…
Normally one of two of the clubs do a Xmas lunch but they normally only advertise closer to the event.

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EvanJames 11:48 pm
18 Sep 11
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johnboy said :

beats sitting alone eating pudding out of a can with your fingers though.

It’s a tough decision for those people. $210 dinner, or sitting alone eating pudding out of a can with one’s fingers? I often face this dilema. Probably many do.

i dunno. Xmas dinner at a restauranty place just isn’t right. Even if I was on my own, I’d probably cook a chook and stuff. And if you’re lonely, head to the local YHA hostel, full of people in the same boat.

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