19 April 2016

Five to Try: Lunch on Christmas Day

| Bec Cuzzillo
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I’m sure many of you would agree that no matter your take on the holiday, Christmas means food, and a lot of it. There’s the cooking, the cleaning, the eating and then that all too familiar full feeling that makes you wish you wore a loose fitted dress instead of that new pair of jeans.

While I can’t help you with that last one, what if there was a way you could outsource all that cooking and cleaning for Christmas this year? Yes, some restaurants close over the holiday season, but there’s a few shining stars at your rescue.

I’ve rounded up some options that could see you out of the kitchen and enjoying that full Christmas feeling for longer this year. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’ve still got to eat, right?

In no particular order, here are five places serving up lunch on Christmas Day in Canberra. In the meantime, I’m off to buy a loose fitting dress.

5. Hyatt Hotel Canberra

The Hyatt have several dining options on offer for Christmas Day, from a buffet breakfast in the morning right through to a Christmas dinner in the evening. For lunch, there are a few packages to choose from depending on the time you want to eat and your budget. Prices start at $69 per adult ($34.50 for children aged 7-12) for an early buffet lunch in the Tea Lounge with a glass of sparkling. If long lunches are more your thing, there’s a five-course lunch with a two hour premium beverage package available for $230 per person. Find out more.

4. Monster Kitchen & Bar

Monster Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Hotel has a set four course menu for $150 per person. It’s all shared plates and, in true Monster style, the menu is modern, fun and interesting. Think roasted Morton Bay bug tails and liquorice cured duck breast. This is one for the more adventurous, fun loving Christmas party. Find out more.

3. Chifley’s Bar & Grill

For more traditional Christmas fare, Chifley’s Bar & Grill at Hotel Kurrajong is putting on a buffet of seafood and traditional Christmas favourites. It’s $185 per person but includes beer, wine and soft drinks. This is my pick if you’ve got a lot of kids in your family. They’ve even hinted that a special bearded man in a red suit might be making an appearance – if he’s finished delivering all the presents, that is. Find out more.

2. Wild Duck

Photo credit: www.wild-duck.com.au

Photo credit: www.wild-duck.com.au

Why not do something different and try a Chinese feast for Christmas lunch this year? For $98 per person, you get a 6 course lunch with champagne on arrival. Wild Duck’s Christmas banquet menu takes a Chinese spin on the traditional English Christmas. They’ll be serving turkey dumplings, seafood and even a summer pudding will be making an appearance. Find out more.

1. Benchmark Wine Bar

This is one that will keep the wine lovers happy. $125 per person will get you a five course degustation and a glass of champagne on arrival. Other drinks will come at an extra cost, but the Benchmark wine list is longer than your arm and is sure to impress any wine connoisseurs in your family. For lunch, you can expect the likes of ocean trout, zucchini blossoms and the obligatory roast turkey arriving on your plate. Find out more.

I hope you have a very happy holiday season full of good food, good wine and full bellies.

Read more from Bec Cuzzillo at her website: www.inexplicablewanderlust.com

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