Christmas is an amazing time of year. Silly season begins, parties are aplenty, decorations populate the city, carols beam in stores and that Christmas cheer comes to permeate the atmosphere. Christmas is about family and friends uniting together over oodles of food and wine, creating memories that last a lifetime.
In my family, it has always been a feast of food commencing on Christmas eve with a traditional Aussie summer BBQ. The next day we hold a long lunch beginning with seafood and salads, continuing onto ham, then delicious roast meat and vegetables, finished with a plentiful assortment of delicious desserts including the great Pavlova, a Panettone pudding loaded with chocolate and of course some Christmas pudding which my uncles take great pride in setting alight. However, with this comes a lot of stress for the chief organiser (my grandmother) and a whole lot of leftovers that haunt us for days.
Going out for Christmas lunch is becoming an increasingly popular occurrence for families and friends, taking the hassle out of hosting and cooking a small feast to feed an army, and probably all-in-all coming out financially alike. This special day only comes around once a year, so in my eyes if you’re going to choose this option, you may as well do it well!
The Langham Sydney is the perfect venue to do so. The rejuvenated hotel boasts gleaming interiors, with beautiful pastel shades, plush lounges, gorgeous white marbled surfaces, speaking extravagance but elegance, paired with a welcoming array of staff who are attentive and friendly. The hotel’s signature restaurant Bistro Remy has recently relaunched, and is offering a delicious Christmas lunch to take the stress out of Christmas. (Plus it helps make those guilty indulgences simply a one-day affair, rather than offering a week long excuse to gorge yourself on leftovers!)
We began our Christmas lunch with their signature drink Five to Seven which was served festively on a bed of hay, symbolic of where little baby Jesus lay. Next, a bountiful seafood platter served on a bed of ice, containing only the best selection of the ocean sourced by their head chef Dave Whitting — it was the ultimate light, healthy start to the meal! Featuring luscious creamy oysters, amazing Mt Cook smoked salmon, scallops presented in their pearly white shell seared in a buttery sauce, large meaty (and most importantly shelled & peeled) prawns and two sauces. I loved the housemade cocktail sauce which matched perfectly with the prawns, meanwhile the other sauce of an addictive herbed aioli, was delicious to enjoy alongside the smoked salmon on some fresh bread.
The family sharing style of the meal continued as we progressed onto the hot main meal which comprised a platter of sliced rolled & deboned roasted turkey (notably free-range too!). The turkey meat was moist and succulently tender, whilst the skin was gorgeously golden and softly crisp, with half stuffed with an amazing mixture of caramelized apricot and chestnut salad. The stuffing was sweet and rich in flavour, matching the flavoursome turkey perfectly. This came served with a little salad of blue cheese, walnut & apple, accompanied by a delicious gravy jus to pour over as desired.
I commend The Langham and chefs at Bistro Remy for this sharing approach, as I think his style is a much better option to the popular buffet style associated with Christmas selections and hotel lunches. In my experience, buffets can often be stressful situations due to lines, an unsociable element with people leaving the table to replenish plates, plus they can lead to severe overindulgence, with the buffet mentality of unlimited food leaving us stuffed like turkeys and inducing an uncomfortable food coma.
But in saying that– no one should ever be forced to share their dessert, and luckily The Langham has noted this. We finished the meal on a high note, with the most amazing Chocolate marquise, alongside cherry sorbet, chocolate crumbs and decorated with the most festive fruit of them all, the classic Aussie cherry. The sorbet transported me to my childhood, reminiscent of my favourite Ribena poppers. The chocolate bar was indulgently rich and decadent using two different types of chocolate, its luscious mousse was incredibly velvety in texture, doing Willy Wonka’s wide world of chocolate proud! I struggled to finish, but after some time, managed to lick the plate clean!Bidding farewell to my Christmas companions, we were gifted some freshly made gingerbread men to take home as a memory of the amazing lunch and enjoy when our stomachs were not so full of scrumptious delights! I highly recommend booking in Christmas lunch or dinner at Bistro Remy, or at least paying the restaurant a visit for an unforgettable five-star experience of outstanding food and service.
Christmas Eve three course meal: $150 per adult & $85 per child (4 – 12)
Christmas Day four course lunch: $315 per adult & $120 per child
New Years Eve seven course meal: $575 per adult & $400 per child ($120 supplement for access to Observatory Hill viewing platform)
Bistro Remy at The Langham Sydney
89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
Phone: (02) 9256 2222