There’s already lots to consider when hosting Christmas Day lunch – setting the table, putting up decorations and organising the drinks – let alone having to worry about cooking (and the washing up).
Make your life easier this Christmas by ditching the Christmas cooking and outsourcing through these Brisbane businesses.
Pick up your salads ahead of time
No Christmas lunch table is complete without a few salads on it. Botanica Real Food won’t be taking any pre-orders this Christmas but will be open from 6am to 12pm on Christmas Eve at all locations for your salad needs. On offer will be a number of their most popular items including their roasted sweet potato salad with couscous and vegan pesto. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the release of their full Christmas Eve menu.
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Pick up a traditional Christmas banquet hamper
Sit back and let the pros take care of the cooking. Treasury Brisbane is offering a Christmas hamper with all the fixings you need for a festive lunch or dinner. The hamper includes roast turkey, ham, beef and barramundi as mains, with an assortment of classic sides. They've also got dessert sorted with an indulgent spread that includes mince tarts, sticky date pudding, and lemon tarts. For an extra $25 per person you can add a seafood upgrade which provides prawns with cocktail sauce. Tognini's Cafe & Deli has brought together their most popular festive products for their Christmas hamper. There's a bone-in Berkshire ham, stuffed and pre-cooked turkey breast and smoked salmon along with accompanying condiments and fruit mince pies.
Don’t waste time standing in line for fresh seafood
Skip the huge lines at the fish markets and let One Fish Two Fish sort out the seafood for you. They are offering boxes of fresh prawns, oysters and Atlantic salmon, and they’ll even take the messy task of peeling the prawns off your hands. As for the salmon, you can order it skin-on and marinated with garlic, lemon and herbs, or sashimi sliced with a side of soy, sesame and ginger dressing. The Pacific oysters come with an aged chardonnay mignonette and lemons. They need at least 24-hour notice for all orders, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
Let acclaimed chef Shannon Kellam cook you lunch
Montrachet is well known for its Montrachet at Home service, where you’re able to order dishes such as their famous crab soufflé to reheat at home. Chef Shannon Kellam and his team have added some special Christmas items to the offering, including a baked and glazed Gooralie free-range ham, fresh Mooloolaba prawns and Sydney Rock oysters mignonette. There’s also some traditional sweets, including fruit mince pies, a chocolate and hazelnut bûche de Noël , and pavlova with seasonal fruit and Chantilly cream. Pick-up is available from sister venues Mica Newstead, Mica Express City and King Street Bakery.
Finish off with something sweet
Pastry chef Lindsay Krahenbring and her team at Darvella have created a menu of festive goodies for Christmas Day, including a mixed berry pavlova and a classic black forest cake. There’s also a lemon meringue pie, festive cupcakes, gingerbreads, and fruit mince tarts. You’ll need to pre-order for pick-up between Monday December 18 and Sunday December 24 and remember to allow at least 72-hour notice on all orders. Gluten free bakery Nodo has a Christmas menu available for delivery to select Brisbane suburbs – place your order before 3pm to receive your baked goods the next day. This year’s menu includes Nodo’s take on a Christmas pudding and an assortment of donuts. Perhaps you’ll go for the Christmas tree donut, a matcha triple-threat with matcha strawberry dough, matcha white chocolate and a matcha cheesecake topping. Or, for something more tropical, try the passionfruit pavlova donut.
If you're heading out of town for Christmas, Byron Bay patisserie Eclair at the Bay has a Christmas treats selection including a cranberry and chocolate bûche de Noël, mini eclairs, and golden vanilla profiteroles. Pre-order here and pick up on December 23 or 24.
This article was originally published on December 9, 2022. It has been updated to reflect new information and remove out-of-date details.