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Eat Xmas - Dine out Xmas Day

Are you spending Christmas in the kitchen or will you be sitting down and letting someone else do the work?

Here's some dining out options for Brisbane and beyond -

Thomas Corner eatery, Noosaville
Kick off the festive season with a Christmas Eve four course dinner featuring a traditional Christmas menu with a modern twist, with Christmas cheer and bon bons all round. It's is an opportunity to get a head start on the Christmas celebrations and let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up afterwards. The menu retains some traditions with the inclusion of a twist on classic techniques. Each dish is cleverly assembled to maintain the fresh, light style that is so popular with our summer climate  -house smoked flaked salmon on toast, watercress; pulled honey spiced glazed ham, mustard fruits and orange sauce, chervil; duck fat roasted duck leg, roasted seasonal stone fruits; cherry eton mess, cherry sauce

Where: 1/201 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
What: Modern Australian
Price: $65 per person
Bookings:  07 5470 2224

Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast
Cove Café is hosting a traditional buffet with everyone’s Christmas favourites and, for that little extra indulgence, a quintessentially Queensland fresh seafood station will be on offer. The Christmas dinner and dessert buffet also includes a beverage package.

Where:  Gold Coast
What: traditional buffet
Price: $125 per person. Little ones under 6 years eat for free and those 6 to 12 years dine for $42.50.

Hotel Urban, Spring Hill, Brisbane

As well as a selection of artisan breads, a chilled salad bar and dessert buffet, there will be roast pork and glazed honey leg ham, and succulent turkey breast. A seafood station will be sizzling on the Gazebo terrace, where one of the talented chefs will be dishing up fresh Gold Coast Tiger prawns for a more contemporary Australian Christmas. Be greeted with a glass of Australian sparkling wine on arrival to help you along on your merry way, and whether your Christmas is silly or sober we have included free parking for you and your guests. Lunch will be hosted between 12.00 noon and 3.00 pm.

Where: Gazebo Hotel, Spring Hill
What: Contemporary Australian Xmas
Price: Adults (18 years and over) $160 pp,Teens (13 – 17 years) $90 pp, Child (5 – 12 years) $50 pp,Child (4 and under) Free
Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge, Spa & Vineyard

Mandy’s on the Mountain Christmas lunch will include a delicious assortment of seafood, including Mooloolaba prawns, freshly shucked oysters, spiced calamari, whole backed King Snapper, Morton Bay bugs as well as slow roasted pork shoulder, roast turkey, honey and orange leg ham and a selection of roast vegetables, salads and condiments.

For a sweet note to end the day guests will choose from a selection of decadent desserts including iced nougat Christmas puddings, Christmas seasonal fruit salad, Belgium and Scottish chocolate tartlets and a selection of cheeses including Shadows of Blue, Triple-cream Brie and Maffra Cheddar served with homemade compotes and lavoush.

An overnight rate from $209 is available.

Where: Clear Mountain on Brisbane’s north side just 35 minutes from the CBD
What: Gourmet buffet lunch 
Price: $145 per adult and $70 for children aged five and up, all guests receive a glass of sparkling wine, soft drink or local beer on arrival.

Cinco Bistro

Christmas Day Menu - Shared Platter of Parfait of Foie Gras, Figs and Toasted Brioche, King Prawn and Mango Salad, Nuoch Cham Dressing, Crab Cakes with Jalapeno and Lime Duck and Shitake Pies, Burrata with Artichokes, Pine Nuts Currants and Mint Pesto

Main Course - Christmas Meats Roasted Turkey with Apple Pancetta and Sage Stuffing, Glazed Berkshire Ham with Port and Fig Glaze, Cumberland Sauce, Paris Mash, Baby Carrots, Zuchinni Ripeni, Couiliac Of Salmon, with Basil Buerre Blanc SauceParis Mash, Baby Carrots, Zuchinni Ripeni
Desserts  - Steamed Christmas Pudding, with Crème Angela's and Vanilla Bean Icecream, Soft Meringue Roll, Passionfruit Curd, Tropical Fruit, Coconut Icecream.
Where: 589 Old Cleveland Road Camp Hill
What: Three course Christmas lunch
Price: $135/head
Bookings: 3843 6666.

Gusto di Gianni
Rich Italian fare - Entrée Panzerotti - Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli Pasta served with a Smoked Salmon Sauce
Main choice of Honey glazed turket breast served with Roasted Vegetables and Cranberry sauce or 

Atlantic salmon served with Grilled Zucchini and a Sauce Vierge
Organic eye fillet cooked Medium, served with Mashed Potato,Rocket & Pea S alad and Red Wine Jus
Dessert - traditional Italian Tiramisu or Pannacotta with fresh mango and raspberry coulis.

Where: Portside Wharf, Hamilton
What: Italian Christmas
Price: $99

Bretts Wharf
Al la carte menu, roving enetertainment and a face painter for small fry.  Dine in the restaurant or River Room. Full menu online

Where: Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton.
What:  Food, wine and spirits
Price: Adults 18+ $210, Teens 12 - 17 $155, Children 2 -12 $50
Bookings:  38681717

Sprout Restaurant

Frenchman Olivier Boudon will be serving his guests a very special Christmas menu at Auchenflower’s Sprout restaurant.

Where: 111 Haig Street, Auchenflower
Price: Christmas Lunch at $80.00 per person and an extravagant Christmas Dinner set menu at $100.00 per person.
Bookings: 3870 3030


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