Not everyone has the time or the inclination to put on a feast on Christmas day so we’ve put together some helpful suggestions for those that are looking to have someone else cater their Christmas feast for them!
Taxi Kitchen are well and truly open on Christmas Day with a tailored package that includes a 5 course menu for $185pp (exclusive of beverages). Enjoy your Christmas feast that includes Crayfish Ravioli, Turkey, Roasted Cap Grim Porterhouse, Pork loin, Christmas pudding or Passionfruit souffle, just to name a few of the delicious items on the menu.
To celebrate Christmas, Melbourne’s Manhattan inspired dining lounge, Dutchess, on Flinders Street is offering a four-course menu created by Group Executive Chef Justin Wise on Christmas Day. Located on the second level of The Duke Complex; Melbourne’s oldest licensed venue, guests enjoying the Christmas lunch menu at Dutchess will enjoy a range of seafood starters such as seared petuna ocean trout with pickled celery, heirloom carrots, and salmon caviar and a choice of mains such as a 250g Cape Grim porterhouse with red wine jus or baby snapper with mussels, clams, spring vegetables, and crustacean consommé. Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise and playful choc tops complete the four- course menu.
Dutchess 2/146 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Price: $145 per adult, $55 per child and children under 7 years of age eat free
(03) 9810 0055 http://www.dutchess.com.au
The Hotel Windsor
Christmas Day at the Hotel Windsor sees an extensive buffet banquet at its handsome Grand Ballroom that includes seafood such as vanilla-poached Tasmanian salmon; carvery of baked free-range ham and turkey; mains of spring lamb, pork belly and ocean trout, and eight different Christmassy desserts.
Or dine in the 111 Spring Street Restaurant on the likes of salad of snow crab and marron; house-cured pork belly ham; slow-cooked turkey, and the hotel’s famous plum pudding – made with dried fruits marinated in fine cognac and rum for 15 months.
The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Price: Both venues are $299 per adult, $215 per child aged 12 to 18, $125 per child under 12, including beverages
Bookings: (03) 9633 6004,
The Grosvenor Hotel
The iconic Melbourne venue has commenced bookings for its annual sell-out Christmas Day feast, a three-course menu created by Head Chef Paul Tyas. It’s Christmas with all the trimmings, featuring premium cuts of beef from Gippsland Victoria, seafood and a traditional turkey option, ensuring there’s something to offer the entire family.
Diners can begin their Christmas Day celebrations with entrees including Crystal Bay prawn cocktails and Sher Wagyu beef carpaccio, before indulging on a generous main of pasture fed eye fillet with mushroom puree and sauce Bordelaise or turkey breast with potato fondant and red currants. To finish, guests may choose between a traditional Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise or pastry chef, Dan Grieff’s James’ signature gateaux, featuring crunchy hazelnuts, passionfruit cremeux and chocolate Bavarian mousse.
The Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd, St Kilda East
Price: $95 per adult and $35 per child
Bookings: Reservations are available on the half hour from 12pm-2.30pm, please call 03 9531 1542
The Auburn Hotel
The Auburn Hotel is taking bookings for Christmas Day lunch, offering guests an impressive three-course menu with sides for $99 per person. Starters include oysters, king prawns and thick cut leg ham from the bone with rockmelon and watermelon mosaic followed by mains of grilled local snapper, pork rib racks or sliced turkey breast. And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a selection of roast vegetables to accompany the meal and chocolate coated Christmas pudding to finish.
The Auburn Hotel, 85 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East
Bookings: (03) 9810 0032
Out of town – Radius Bar & Grill in Marysville
If you’re looking for something out of town so that you can enjoy a nice drive in the country then Radius Bar & Grill in Marysville might be something just a bit different. Let Radius Bar & Grill’s Executive Chef Leigh Colville take care of your festive season lunch or dinner this year. The special three course menu including sides, available Christmas Eve and Christmas day for lunch and dinner, lunch starts from $109pp and dinner from $89pp.
Dishes include Four Pillars Gin cured trout with Aleppo dressing and whipped goats cheese, 12 hour roasted lamb shoulder with green olive and pistachio, whole rotisserie chicken with sage jus, and roasted turkey breast with cranberry salsa.
Radius Bar & Grill 32-42 Murchison Street Marysville VIC 3779 Australia
Accommodation packages also available at Vibe Marysville