Where to eat on Christmas Day
Stuff the turkey and leave the dishes - here's where to head for a carefree feast this Christmas Day in Wellington, plus a round-up of eateries and bars that are staying open over the festive period.
28 Grey Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Picture this: a sleep-in on Christmas morning, followed by an eight-course set menu with a glass of prosecco on arrival.
This Christmas miracle comes courtesy of Spring Kitchen who are serving up an inventive menu that takes inspiration from classic festive dishes but gives them the Spring Kitchen treatment with a fusion of flavours from cuisines around the world.
192 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Where better to get into the festive spirit and celebrate the season than at Logan Brown - a much-loved Wellington restaurant in the heart of Cuba Street. Logan Brown is open lunch on Christmas Day with two lunch sittings - one at 11am and one at 2.30pm, serving a set menu with all of the quality, skill and exquisite flavours you'd expect from this award-winning restaurant.
Portlander Bar & Grill
Cnr Whitmore Street and Featherston Street, Wellington
Start a new tradition of dining out on Christmas Day and head to the Portlander for Christmas feasting. There'll be a lunch session and a dinner session with the choice of three menus - a five-course meat-based one featuring festive favourites like prawn cocktail and turkey, a five-course plant-based menu which gives the Christmas treatment to beautiful seasonal produce and a three-course kids menu with their choice of fresh fruit juice.
Whiskey Lima Golf
28 Stewart Duff Dr, Rongotai, Wellington
Got a plane watcher in your family? Or some family arriving on Christmas Day? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, then Christmas lunch at Whiskey Lima Golf (WLG in radiotelephone spelling alphabet) could be just the ticket. Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival followed by a buffet-style lunch and dinner with all of your festive favs including new potatoes, free-range ham and pavlova for pudding
Forage Kitchen + Bar
345 The Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington
Enjoy Christmas lunch while taking in the panoramic views over Wellington from Forage Kitchen + Bar. Forage is putting on two seatings of Christmas buffet lunch during the day and a set menu in the evening. Big appetites (and teenagers) will love the daytime buffet with an incredible selection of dishes which follow Forage's principles of using local and seasonal ingredients. The evening set menu is an elegant take on Christmas dinner.
25 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington
One of Wellington's favourite Chinese restaurants, Dragons on Tory Street is open for Christmas yum cha. Yum cha is perfect for large groups as everyone can choose what they like and the shared style of eating is perfectly suited to the festive season. Forget overcooked dry turkey and burnt gravy and go feast on dumplings, steamed bao and coconut buns for dessert.
11 Bolton Street, Wellington
Experience a ‘Joyeux Noël’ at Sofitel's elegant garden-themed Jardin Grill restaurant. There's a raw bar featuring Cloudy Bay clams and oysters, a French cheese and a charcuterie station, plus your choice of a main dish cooked to order followed by a dessert buffet, Jardin Grill has the makings of a very jolly Christmas indeed.
90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Have an extra joyful Christmas at Hippo with a festive four-course menu that's designed by their talented chefs to help you celebrate in style. Reminisce over the year’s successes and plan the ones ahead, toast dear friends and family in the luxurious setting of Hippopotamus - and did we mention the incredible harbour views?
Whitby's Restaurant and Bar
147 The Terrace, Wellington
Whitby's Christmas menu has something for everyone - quite literally, as they will happily cater to all dietary requirements. The all-inclusive fixed price includes a glorious buffet lunch or dinner plus house wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages. The relaxed, laidback restaurant is perfect for families and large groups.
City Dining and Bar
10 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington
If your idea of Christmas Day heaven is a choice between five desserts including pavlova topped with kiwifruit and plum pudding with brandy custard then you probably need to go out for lunch. City Dining & Bar at the inner-city West Plaza Hotel is offering an epic buffet of all of your festive favourites but with no need to help out with peeling potatoes, whipping cream or cleaning up afterwards.
2 Grey Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Book in for a with a memorable five-course feast crafted by Paul Limacher, Chameleon's award-winning chef de cuisine. It all begins with a glass of champagne on arrival, followed elegant takes on classic and contemporary festive dishes with a strong focus on New Zealand produce - Central Otago cherries and whitebait, crayfish and asparagus will make an appearance.