Five fine Christmas lunch venues in Gauteng

It’s a sobering thought that the year-end is almost upon us, and with it, for many, the expectation of a slap-up Christmas lunch.

These five Gauteng venues have put together mouth-watering menus – some are traditional, while others take a more innovative approach to festive fare.

This year no one has reason to be stuck in a hot kitchen! Bookings are open for sit-down festive lunches – from fine dining for corporates to relaxed family buffets. While some venues are open on the 25th, others offer luncheons ahead of that date.

View restaurant, Johannesburg

View Restaurant
As its name indicates, the View restaurant has a spectacular view to accompany its superb cuisine. (Image: The View restaurant)

View restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is offering a special festive-season menu.

A bread selection and amuse-bouche will get your digestive juices flowing, before you tuck into a langoustine carpaccio served with asparagus, passion fruit, avocado, Szechuan pepper, caviar potpourri and black melba.

A sea-bass dish, oxtail consommé, or turkey with pistachio stuffing, chestnut parfait, kale purée, potato fondant and gravy follow as mains. Warm spiced Christmas cake rounds off this meal.

Price: R1 600 per person. To book, email reservations.johannesburg@fourseasons.com or call +27 (0)11 481 6180.

Tumulus restaurant, Maropeng

The Tumulus restaurant at Maropeng is offering a buffet-style spread that includes cold starters followed by traditional beef, turkey and gammon roasts, and a variety of vegetable accompaniments, including potato gnocchi with wild mushroom and Parmesan cream. Chocolate brownies and sticky toffee malva pudding with butterscotch sauce join seven other dessert options.

Price: R350 per adult, R150 for children aged four to 12. To book email bubim@maropeng.co.za or call +27 (0)14 577 9000.

Breeze restaurant, Emerald Resort & Casino, Vanderbijlpark

Breeze restaurant is hosting a lunch on Christmas Day, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

An extensive cold selection includes a paté, terrine and salads, followed by honey-glazed gammon with apple sauce, or roast turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry sauce. Further hot options include Mediterranean chicken casserole and linefish. On the sweets side, expect festive fare such as trifle, Christmas pudding and mince pies, plus a baked vanilla-and-fig cheesecake.

Price: R275 per adult, R130 for children under 12. To book, email sales@emeraldcasino.co.za or call +27 (0)16 982 8005.

Pigalle restaurant, Melrose Arch

If you opt for the executive set menu at Pigalle restaurant in Melrose Arch, it begins with a tasting-spoon canapé, followed by a starter choice of venison carpaccio, or prawn-and-salmon parfait, among others. Seven mains include king prawns nacional, rib-eye steak, salmon teriyaki and Asian duck. Chocolate fondant and crème brûlée are two of the four desserts.

Prices: a range of Christmas menus starts at R295 per person and extends to R595 per person for the executive set menu. There’s also an extravagant five-course food-and-wine paired menu at R1 000 per person. Phone +27 (0)11 684 2711 or email melrose@pigallerestaurants.co.za for more information.

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A range of Christmas menus is on offer at Pigalle. (Image: Pigalle, Melrose Arch)

Bellgables Country Restaurant, Muldersdrift

Head out into the countryside for a delectable festive-season menu at Bellgables Country Restaurant in Muldersdrift.

Country-style mushroom soup is followed by a choice between salmon carpaccio, and halloumi and bacon wraps. For mains – served with seasonal veggies and roast potato – choose a roast turkey crepe with thyme and white wine sauce, or oven-baked lamb shank served with a rich herb and mint sauce. Chocolate and red berry liqueur feature in a unique and fruity dessert.

Price: R695 per person payable in advance to secure your booking. Phone: +27 (0)82 551 8855 or email info@bellgablesrestaurant.com.