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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Maryann Mussared - 25 November 2016 3

Christmas decorations

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the countdown is on!  Have you forgotten anything important?

Christmas lunch!  This year were you planning to dine at home or has the ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ firmly crossed their arms and said “Not again” very loudly?   What are your options if you and your family and friends want to have Christmas lunch out somewhere?    If you want to make a booking, you had better be quick as places are filling up fast.   Already Pod in Pialligo;  Hotel Realm and Hotel Kurrajong in Barton; and The Boat House are booked out.  But do not despair – here is the best of the rest…

Most venues require pre-payment, so be ready with your credit card when you phone to book.

Christmas turkey

The Hyatt Hotel, Yarralumla  has a number of options.  Currently there is a waiting list for the two lunch  sessions being offered in the Promenade Café, but there is availability for both the Christmas Carvery Buffet $218.00 per person, and the Traditional Five Course Christmas Lunch  at $238.00 per person, both of which are served in one of the Hyatt ballrooms. These prices include a two-hour premium beverage package.  Book:  6269 8901.

Southern Cross Yacht Club, Alexandrina Drive, Yarraluma has  availability in the main dining room for a sit-down lunch with views of the lake.  Lunch is $155.00 for adults and includes wine, and $65.00 for children.  The Marque downstairs is sold out, and the MV Southern Cross cruise is  almost sold out.  Book: 6273 1784.

Crowne Plaza Canberra , Canberra City will be hosting a Christmas Day Lunch in their Redsalt restaurant with a delicious buffet of traditional and modern festive favourites including fresh seafood, tender roasts, fresh breads, salads and a selection of hot dishes.  There is availability with the 1.00 pm session.  Prices are $185 adult, $99 teens (aged 13-17 years), $59 child (aged 6-12 years), under 6’s dine free.  Book:  6247 8999 or  online.

Christmas prawns

Rydges Capital Hill in Forrest will be hosting a Christmas Day Gourmet Seafood and Traditional Roast Buffet with all the trimmings followed by a gourmet dessert buffet. Santa will also make an appearance and deliver gifts for children under 12. Prices are $170 adult and includes 3 hours of Australian draught beer, bottled house red, white and sparkling wine, $95 for teens (aged 13-17 years), $60 for child (aged 6-12 years), under 5’s free.  Book:  6295 3144 or email on functions_rydgescapitalhill@evt.com

Christmas table setting

Capitol Bar & Grill Restaurant , QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit, Canberra City offering a four-course lunch from 12 noon.  Lunch is priced at $190.00 per person and  includes a glass of French champagne on arrival and a beverage package and $95.00 for children  Book:   6247 1488 or book online.

Benchmark Wine Bar, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City will be hosting a Christmas Day Lunch from 12 – 3 and serving a 5 Course Degustation Lunch with champagne on arrival. See the Benchmark Wine Bar website for more details, inclusions and pricing.   Price is $125 per person.   Book: 6262 6522.

Christmas pudding

Monster Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Hotel, 25 Edingburgh Avenue, New Acton are still finalising details but will be offering a shared-style menu with matching wines as a lunch option with flexible hours.  Contact Monster for more details or to book on 6287 6287 or monster@hotel-hotel.com.au

Helix Bar and Dining in the Vibe Hotel,  1 Rogan Place, Canberra Airport will be open and serving their regular menu which offers modern European cuisine showcasing regional produce.  Book:  6201 1500.

So, in anticipation, have a wonderful Christmas Day.  This may be a no fuss, no mess Christmas, but there will be one downside – no leftovers!

Christmas gifts

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3 Responses to
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Maryann Mussared 5:18 pm 30 Nov 16

The Southern Cross Yacht Club has just advised that Snapper on the Lake will also be open from 11 am to 3 pm on Christmas Day for families and friends wanting to enjoy a relaxed Christmas lunch or snack of the lawns by the lake.

dungfungus 8:39 pm 28 Nov 16

MERC600 said :

I regret I was stuck here “a 5 Course Degustation Lunch with champagne” ?

I was waiting for Dungers to give me his look on degustation tucker, however he’s apparently still napping so I found this on the cullinary word.

Degustation – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degustation
“Dégustation is a culinary term meaning a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods and focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company. Dégustation is more likely to involve sampling small portions of all of a chef’s signature dishes in one sitting.”

So its sort of the chefs specials. Sounds orright. In fact they all do.
Thanks for your compiling of venues. Will circulate.

Dungers doesn’t do degustation.

Dungers likes food instead.

MERC600 6:32 pm 28 Nov 16

I regret I was stuck here “a 5 Course Degustation Lunch with champagne” ?

I was waiting for Dungers to give me his look on degustation tucker, however he’s apparently still napping so I found this on the cullinary word.

Degustation – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degustation
“Dégustation is a culinary term meaning a careful, appreciative tasting of various foods and focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company. Dégustation is more likely to involve sampling small portions of all of a chef’s signature dishes in one sitting.”

So its sort of the chefs specials. Sounds orright. In fact they all do.
Thanks for your compiling of venues. Will circulate.

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