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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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firestorm22 8:53 pm 25 Dec 11

Advance Note: I/we have no association with Hotel Realm or the Konoba restaurant (as following might sound like an advertisement)

We had Christmas lunch today at the Konoba restaurant at Hotel Realm in Barton. We had a very good experience and think it was exceptional value for the money.

Cost was $120 per head which included:

– 4x Entrees served in the middle of the table to share including tempura prawns, oysters, prosciutto, salmon and bruschetta.

– Passionfruit sorbet

– Mains choice of either beef or turkey. We chose the beef and it was divine – melted in your mouth.

– Dessert of Christmas pudding (very yummy) with custard, home-made ice cream, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries

– Petite fours chocolates and very good coffee.

Now one of the best parts of the whole experience was that drinks were included – very nice sparking Chardonnay and very smooth Shiraz (both Bare Hands from SA), beer, coffee etc. We probably saved $200 just on drinks being included.

Now this was our fist visit to Konoba and the atmosphere was very pleasant – not too quiet and not too noisy just a good jovial atmosphere. The layout and style of the restaurant is modern but not pretentious. Clean lines but not too cold or generic. The large windows facing out from the restaurant really open up the light only adding to a great Christmas lunch atmosphere.

Overall pleasantly surprised and a very good experience. Looking forward to next year!

Holden Caulfield 11:21 am 14 Dec 11

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

Looks like they won’t be opening this year.

Due to a change in plans I’m after tips for Christmas dinner (for two) if anyone has any. Yes, I know it’s a bit late in the game to start this process.

JA85 2:54 pm 29 Sep 11

AdventureTime said :

Thanks for your suggestions everyone. I agree that the Boathouse is a nice venue, and the food there is good, the main problem is that some of the fussier members of my family won’t be willing to pay $210 per head. Podfood looks like a good option, though.

despite having worked there (the boathouse) I wouldn’t either. But I must admit I wouldnt pay to go out for christmas day lunch anywhere. My extended family does the ‘everyone bring a plate’, cold meat and salads thing

Pod food is a very good option. An ex-boathouse chef now owns and runs the business

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