6 November 2009

Christmas lunch in Canberra

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For almost ten years we had been having Christmas lunch at 83 Restaurant at Woden Tradies. As we all know Tradies closed down 83 a few months ago bringing that much-loved tradition to an end. I was wondering if Rioters could suggest a good place for Christmas lunch this year. It needs to be a buffet (all you can eat) with seafood, hot food and desserts.

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Muttsybignuts said :

toriness said :

tradies has closed??

The tradies is still open. The restaurant has closed.

Which raises an issue of itself, does anyone know what happened to the 83 restaurant? Why did it close down and where are the old owners, have they opened up elsewhere?

We also went there regularly for christmas lunch so have had to find other arrangements, last year we simply had a nice simple family lunch at home, saved a heap of money and still had good company.

The Yum Cha restaurant in Deakin above the soccer club is all you can eat and is fantastic.

Not exactly the same format you are looking for but would be great.

Not 100% sure they are open for Christmas but you could give them a call

http://www.miettas.com.au/Australia/Australian_Capital_Territory/Deakin/Xy_Dim_Sim_Dumpling_House.html

Muttsybignuts12:10 am 08 Nov 09

toriness said :

tradies has closed??

The tradies is still open. The restaurant has closed.

I can’t imagine Christmas without the joy of being one of ten people in the kitchen, bringing forth fantastic English stodge for forty with an airconditioner trying to recreate a little bit of England right here in our own dining room!

Nonetheless, if you can’t cook your own Christmas dinner, I would recommend my hometown: Cabramatta. Absolutely everything is open on Christmas Day (except Woolies), and no one cooks better Vietnamese than those in Cabramatta!

tradies has closed??

If you don’t have any luck booking in somewhere at such late notice, perhaps you and your family could volunteer at a community soup kitchen on Christmas Day?

The food won’t be flash, but the warm and fuzzy feeling you’ll feel serving the needy of Canberra should be better than a five course meal.

anonymous gungahlian6:07 pm 06 Nov 09

I went to that “food court” buffet place in Dickson (China-Town) 2 years ago and it was terrible; ended up having to re-celebrate my Dad’s birthday dinner the next week. They could of improved though.

The Carrington at Bungendore used to have a beautiful meal. It was a three course set meal with alcohol included for around $100 if I remember correctly. Beautiful setting, beautiful food and good service.

Haven’t been there for a few years though – things could change.

Food court in Dickson (If it’s still there – above Ruby’s) seems similar.

Pommy bastard3:54 pm 06 Nov 09

Have you heard of that new eating place they’ve opened called “Home”? Great cooking, and a wonderful traditional family atmosphere….

Holden Caulfield3:01 pm 06 Nov 09

Oops, forgot some suggestions, not that I have any first hand knowledge, but surely any number of the Southern Cross Club outlets (or similar) would cater to your needs?

If you want to get ripped off for the same style of food you could always go to the Promenade at the Hyatt!

Gungahlin Al2:59 pm 06 Nov 09

Whatever you do, avoid Rydges Lakeside like the plague. You and 1000 other people will regret every cent you have spent on poor food of which there is not enough, hour-long queues, the shoulder to shoulder crush and the overwhelming noise.

Holden Caulfield2:59 pm 06 Nov 09

frontrow said :

If you want to be choosy in any way whatsoever, I hope you are planning Christmas Lunch for 2010.

“It needs to be a buffet (all you can eat) with seafood, hot food and desserts.”

Somehow the OP doesn’t strike me as the choosy type when it comes to restaurants, haha.

If you want to be choosy in any way whatsoever, I hope you are planning Christmas Lunch for 2010.

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