Hands up if cooking a Christmas lunch is the very last thing you feel like doing after copious breakfast beers. Same. Luckily there are plenty of exceptional Chefs around these parts, many of who are willing to cook not only you but your entire family breakfast lunch and dinner if you so desire.
Here’s a round up of the top feasts you can add to your Christmas Day agenda to save cooking and the many hours of cleaning that could be better spent in a food coma. NB all prices below are based on adults.
The Star Gold Coast
Let The Star take care of your Christmas celebrations with one of their many dining packages. A talented team of chefs will treat you to a delicious assortment of traditional and inspired Christmas offerings to ensure a very special occasion for you and the fam.
Four delicious courses plus a three hour beverage package at Garden Kitchen & Bar ($145*) tickets here.
A ballroom buffet at The Event Centre ($249*) tickets here.
Traditional favourites with inspired interpretations at Cucina Vivo ($175*) tickets here.
An indulgent buffet menu at Harvest Buffet (from $209*) tickets here.
A tasty Chinese feast at Imperial at The Star ($150*) tickets here.
An epic buffet option is also available at Atrium Bar ($175) tickets here.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Christmas Day Lunch in the QT Ballroom includes a three hour beverage package, juicy roast meats including slow roasted suckling pig prepared a custom built Beech Rotisserie, to the freshest trawler caught seafood and vibrant array of Christmas desserts for $229pp – tickets here. A Bazaar Christmas Day Dinner is a mosaic of trawler-fresh seafood, spit roasted whole beast, charcuterie bars, dumplings made to order, salads plucked fresh from QT’s kitchen garden, wood- fired pizzas and the finest spread of sweet treats on the Coast plus a two hour beverage package for $150pp – tickets here. That’s a lot of eatin’.
Where: Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Mercure Gold Coast Resort
There’s plenty going on at Mercure Resort on Christmas Day. The Lunch Family Festivities includes a traditional Christmas buffet with a dedicated children’s buffet, freshly brewed tea and coffee, live entertainment and bar available for drink purchases for $139pp – tickets here. The Restaurant lunch package, Mistletoe Memories includes a traditional buffet with seafood and a drink on arrival and it’s adults only and $159pp – tickets here.
Where: 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara
Sofitel Gold Coast
There’s lots happening at the Sofitel once again with four packages to choose from. Winter Wonderland lunch ($255pp – tickets here) includes seafood and a hot carvery buffet plus a three hour beverage package and live entertainment. Bistro On3 lunch ($230 – tickets here) and dinner ($190pp – tickets here) both include seafood and a hot carvery buffet plus a three hour beverage package. room81 will host a Enchanted Journey (known as a four-course crafted Christmas) for lunch with three hours of premium beverages and live entertainment (this one is adults only) at $225pp – tickets here.
Where: 81 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
RACV Royal Pines
Indulge in a traditional family-style lunch at Trattoria Amici including a three hour beverage package for $145pp – tickets here or enjoy a sky high Christmas at the stunning Videre where a six course degustation is on offer with four sitting times – tickets $250pp here. Kalinda Restaurant is offering a seafood buffet and drinks package at lunchtime – tickets $199 here. Dinner at Kalinda includes a seafood buffet for $115pp – tickets here. The Ballroom will feature a beautiful buffet offering fresh seafood and all the traditional trimmings with a three hours beverage package for $185 – tickets here.
Where: Ross St, Benowa
The Island Gold Coast
Their traditional Christmas buffet lunch will feature succulent roast meats, a selection of fresh cold seafood, seasonal roast vegetables, summer salads and desserts set in the fabulous vintage seaside ambiance of Goldie’s at the Island – including the alfresco pool deck and dedicated kid’s area. Tickets are $129pp here.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Novotel Surfers Paradise
Entertain your palate and join the Novotel for a magical Christmas lunch including succulent seafood, a carvery, variety of hot and cold dishes and Christmas sweet treats for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets include a three hour drinks package for $169pp – here.
Where: 3105 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Words by Kirra Smith.