It’s scary to think that Christmas is upon us (where has the year gone?). While you're most likely preoccupied with thinking of Christmas gift ideas, you might want to start putting serious thought into where to dine on Christmas day.
There are a couple of options:
1. Take the traditional route and enjoy your Christmas turkey and mince pies at home (and do all the cleaning up too).
2. Go to a nice restaurant (much easier).
With this in mind, I took the time to profile three Auckland restaurants that are open on Christmas day.
Barolo restaurant within the Langham Hotel will be offering a fabulous degustation menu this Christmas Day. There will be two sitting times: Lunch, 12.30pm to 4pm and dinner, 6pm to 10pm.
Barolo serves Italian cuisine using fresh local ingredients, including home-grown truffles.
Here is a sample of what’s on the menu: Scallop Carpaccio, Rock lobster, Suckling pig ravioli and Caramelized panettone. There are also plenty of gluten-free items on the menu and if you have any other special dietary needs just let them know.
The price is $180 per person and you must pay in advance to confirm your booking.
If luxurious dining is what you desire this Christmas, then Barolo is the place to be.
Mecca Stonehouse Café
Mecca Stonehouse Café
, with wonderful views of the Hauraki Gulf, is the only restaurant in Mission Bay to be positioned on the beach side of the main road.
On Christmas day, Stonehouse will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day with additional Christmas fair, like turkey and Christmas pudding.
Between the main Mission House and the café on the Mission grounds there is inside seating for 70 people. I’m told that if the weather is fine, they’ll put up a marquee and then be able to cater for over 200.
can be found at Westhaven Marina. If you like the idea of eating at one of New Zealand’s top restaurants while watching hundreds of yachts to a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto Island, then this is the place for you.
At $150 per person, Sails offer a classy Christmas menu that includes Clevedon Rock Oysters for an entrée, Angus pure fillet steak for a main and Christmas pudding for dessert.
Sitting times are 12.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm for dinner and, surprisingly, no deposit is required.
Other Auckland Venues
The Pullman Auckland Family Christmas Lunch Buffet with Cure Kids. An array of the usual festive treats will be served including: turkey, goose and ham as well as all the trimmings. Price: $124 per adult, $62 per child aged 5 – 12 years (free for children under 4 years)
Editorial by Liam MacAndrew
16 August 2012