Christmas feasts are the ones you look forward to all year long, though who’s really got time to spend precious hours slaving away in the kitchen to make it happen? Luckily, there are plenty of bars and restaurants across town who are more than happy to do the hard yards for you, offering lavish Yuletide lunch and dinner spreads for which you’ll not even need to lift a finger. Here’s our pick of Sydney’s best Christmas lunch and dinner events.
For a lavish Christmas Day lunch by the water, book your crew a table at Chowder Bay’s Ripples. The waterfront spot will be dishing up a feast to remember on December 25, complete with dishes like handmade focaccia, fresh prawns, and a cherry and Amaretto trifle. The four-course feed costs $195 per person, with tables available from 11.30am.
If you fancy teaming your Christmas feast with some stunning, panoramic views, look no further than 360 Bar & Dining. Here, 84 floors above the CBD, you can indulge in a two- ($99) or three-course ($120) Christmas Eve dinner, whipped up by acclaimed chef Elton Inglis. Tables are available from 5.30pm on December 24.
For a Christmas Day lunch that’ll knock your socks off, head down to stylish CBD restaurant, Silvester’s. Here, talented Parisian chef Raphael Szurek will be plating up a Yuletide feast to put even your mum’s to shame, with tables available from midday. The three-course extravaganza clocks in at $125 per person, including Champagne and oysters on arrival.
Why have a regular ol’ Christmas Eve dinner, when you can opt for one that doubles as a circus show? Slide’s December 24 celebrations involve a decadent nine-course degustation, to be enjoyed alongside a banquet of cabaret, circus and burlesque performances throughout the night. Tickets are $129 per person, including three hours of food and entertainment.
Come December 25, things are certain to be very merry at Surry Hills favourite The Winery. The kitchen here has planned an epic Christmas lunch ‘feed me’ menu, filled with treats like roasted pork belly, chicken parfait and a classic pavlova to finish. Along with a three-hour beverage package, it clocks in at $125 per person. Book now.
As always, Gowings has your Christmas lunch feast sorted, offering a stunning three-course spread to tempt all tastebuds this December 25. Think, luxe seafood platters, wood-roasted suckling pig and handmade saltbush pasta, all washed down with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. It’s priced at $190 per person.
Treat yourself to something a bit spesh, at Pier One’s Christmas Luxe Lunch. On December 25, the chic harbourside hotel will be putting out a stunning Yuletide buffet, complete with carvery station, truckloads of fresh seafood, vibrant salads and an array of dessert. Enjoy all you can eat, along with a three-hour drinks package.
This Christmas, Primus Hotel will have you feeling like a king or queen, at The Wilmot’s luxury, Aussie-inspired festive feast. Book a table for the December 25 lunch and you’ll find yourself chowing down on the likes of sushi and sashimi, freshly shucked oysters, carvery meats and even a chocolate fountain. $199 per person gets you a huge array of food, plus a glass of Veuve on arrival.
Mosman’s sleek new gin bar The Fernery is going large for its Christmas lunch situation. On December 25, it’ll play host to a multi-course degustation, featuring the likes of Yamba prawns with Bloody Mary mayo, Berkshire porchetta, duck fat spuds and a strawberry, rhubarb and moscato trifle. It’s $150 per person, including loads of food and a premium drinks package.