By Leigh O’Connor.
It’s the most wine-derful time of the year and many of us will be able to join family and friends to celebrate in 2021. Let’s put the last 18 months behind us and find festive fun wherever we can, whether at home or by supporting the hospitality industry with a holiday restaurant meal.
As many establishments around the country are finally looking forward with hope, get behind local businesses and show some love this Christmas. Here are six suggestions for yuletide celebrations:
Tucked away in Parkridge Resort on Alba Close in Noosa Heads with calm grassy surrounds, is a new hub of food and beverage offerings – ALBA by Kuruvita. The beautifully designed space combines a cafe, providore, pizzeria and a relaxed all-day bar offering, which evolves into a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar as the day progresses. The venue also hosts ALBA Chef’s Kitchen, a creative space for cooking classes, private chefs’ tables and kitchen studio.
Gather your loved ones and head to ALBA by Kuruvita for stylish festivities and fare.
Gather your loved ones and let Peter Kuruvita spoil you with a delicious four-course Christmas menu while you relax and enjoy festivities with your family. Expect canapés and a glass of sparkling rosé on arrival before entrée choices like butter-poached Moreton Bay bug tail, celeriac purée and Summer salad; followed by rack of lamb, pistachios, figs and jus, with Sri Lankan Christmas cake for dessert.
A place to connect, relish and relax, ABODE on Day Street brings innovative dining to Darling Harbour. This stylish venue includes a lounge, alfresco deck and restaurant; alongside a menu revolving around sophisticated but accessible Australian cuisine using locally grown and sourced produce.
Celebrate in style at ABODE and choose your dining menu option.
Choose your dining option from a la carte or degustation menus and celebrate Christmas in style with entrées like cured ora King salmon, champagne, fennel, cucumber and Geraldton wax; followed by mains such as duck breast, confit potato, pencil leek, courgette, mulberry and spiced jus. For a festive finish, enjoy dark chocolate mousse, torte, passionfruit, hazelnut praline and smoked salt.
From European pastries and cakes to breakfast and light lunches, there is something for everyone on the menu at Cream Patisserie Boulangerie on Cavendish Road in Coorparoo. This ambient café sets a moody tone with dark wood, overflowing display cabinets and shelves stacked with deli products, along with embossed wallpaper and statement pendent lighting.
Fruit mince tarts made with love from Cream Patisserie Boulangerie.
Stop in to grab some festive fare to share with family and friends such as fruit mince tarts made with love, Rudolph’s favourite raspberry and white chocolate cake and housemade Christmas puddings – ideal extra gifts for unexpected visitors. There are also plenty of other gift ideas, like loose-leaf Whittards tea and tea bags.
There’s no better place to celebrate the spirit of Christmas than at Annata restaurant on Willoughby Road in Crows Nest. After such a whirlwind year, it’s time to gather with the ones we love and raise a glass together; join the Annata crew from December 21-23 for lunch or dinner and share a six or eight-course festive feast.
Join the Annata crew for fun festivities and raise a glass together.
Expect to sample dishes like spanner crab cocktail, with smoked avocado and dill, grilled Skull Island prawns and roe butter and Christmas roast duck, spiced honey, pineapple, cos and pecorino salad. Nectarine ‘genoise tatin’ and cultured cream makes for the perfect finish to a memorable Christmas meal.
Fine dining meets luxury buffet at Kitchens on Kent in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Bringing new culinary excitement, theatre and extravagance to Kent Street by redefining the concept of a traditional buffet, this restaurant nestled in The Langham hotel is all sleek lines with views through floor-to-ceiling windows, aqua pendent globes, an open kitchen, interactive and live cooking stations.
Indulge in delectable Christmas offerings at Kitchens on Kent.
Indulge in delectable Christmas offerings as the kids drop off their letter to Santa in a special letterbox in the grand lobby and check out a miniature gingerbread Christmas village; delve into plates like Berkshire pork belly and char sui glaze, sage and pepper roasted turkey and WA garlic butter lobster and lemon.
In the heart of Southbank, overlooking the Yarra River and with spectacular views of the city, La Camera Southgate is an idyllic Christmas lunch destination. Offering a touch of Italy among riverside treetops and with two balconies offering river and iconic Flinders Station vistas; this family-owned and operated venue is casual by day and chic by night.
Kick start a festive feast at La Camera with an antipasto platter.
Book early for your festive feast and devour dishes such as braised Spring lamb, onion, root vegetables, white wine, tomato, garlic, a hint of anchovy, fresh herbs and roasted polenta; or oven-baked whole market fish, topped with salsa verde, served with a citrus quinoa salad. Chocolate, forest berries and vanilla tart await for dessert.
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