Christmas lunch specials for the whole family

Many Gauteng restaurants will be putting on delectable festive spreads for young and old, making treating the family to Christmas lunch easy this year. Here are five top choices.

The Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre, Fourways

A welcome cocktail at the Indaba Hotel heralds a buffet-style lunch at three venues on 25 December 2018, with all the traditional Christmas trimmings, live entertainment and a Mowana Spa discount voucher for every adult.

Special entertainment will be put on for the children, along with a colouring-in competition and a special visit from Father Christmas.

The cost is R525 per person for adults and children aged 13 and older; kids aged six to 12 pay R325; and under-fives eat free of charge.

Booking is essential and the offer is subject to availability. Call +27 (0)11 840 6600, email restaurant@indabahotel.co.za or visit www.indabahotel.co.za.

Mongena Private Game Lodge, Dinokeng

Mongena 1476 Hdr

For a Christmas day luncheon with a wild view, head for Mongena Private Game Lodge's Kingfisher Restaurant in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. Enjoy watching free-roaming game at the waterhole from your table on the deck. Mongena chefs have prepared a festive plated menu and a customised kids' menu. Bring along a gift for Father Christmas to hand out.

The cost is R350 per adult and kids up to age 12 pay R200. A discounted game drive is on offer for lunch guests only. For bookings visit www.mongena.co.za, phone +27 12 7118920 or email relax@mongena.co.za.

The Blades Hotel, Pretoria

Allow The Blades hotel to spoil your family with a wonderful festive spread on Christmas Day. Kick off the fun with an arrival drink and make sure the kiddies get to experience all that is on offer for them: a photo booth, Father Christmas, jumping castle and a gift for each child.

Booking is a must. Tickets cost R375 for adults and R135 for children. Phone +27 (0)12 808 9943, email conference2@theblades.co.za or visit www.theblades.co.za.

Casa Toscana, Pretoria

Casa Toscana
Casa Toscana is a stunning venue for a celebration. (Image: Vicky Sidler/Instagram)

Pencil in 25 December for a Christmas lunch at Casa Toscana.

Select from five starters that include a calamari couscous salad, then move on to pork belly, leg of lamb, beef rump and chicken roll with accompaniments, before ending your meal with a choice of six desserts that include lemon meringue, fruit-cake trifle and mini milk tartlets.

Your three-course meal, which includes a welcome drink, costs R435 per person for adults; R150 for children aged four to eight; R50 for children aged two to four; and no charge for under-twos.

Make your reservation by calling +27 (0)12 348 8820, emailing bookings@casatoscana.co.za or visiting www.casatoscana.co.za.

Tshikwalo Game Lodge, Dinokeng Game Reserve

What better way to enjoy Christmas lunch than on a wooden deck while watching wildlife on the plains of the Dinokeng Game Reserve? Tshikwalo’s menu includes three canapés, a salad selection, pork fillet, oxtail, gammon and veggies. The dessert menu features an irresistible macadamia cream chocolate yule log.

Expect to pay R350 per adult and R250 per child. Make your reservation by phone, by emailing reservations@tshikwalo.co.za or by visiting Tshikwalo’s website .