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Published March 23rd 2017
Get your friends & family together for an Easter celebration
On Good Friday and Easter Sunday, many restaurants around Canberra will be hosting a Seafood Buffet, to respect the religious significance of the Easter period. There are also venues who have organised buffets on the Saturday in between, for those who want to celebrate all long weekend. It is a great opportunity to gather your closest friends and family and meet up at a local restaurant, to tuck into some of the freshest seafood direct from the South Coast or Sydney. With huge jumbo prawns, tender octopus and a range of cooked fish on the menu, you will need to take your appetite to these sumptuous Easter Buffets. For those who don't particularly like seafood, most of the buffets also offer meat or vegetarian options to ensure there will be something for everyone. When you look through the menus of these Easter-themed seafood buffets there is also an important point to remember - save room for the Easter-themed dessert!
Prawns, prawns and more prawns at the Southern Cross Yacht Club. Source: Southern Cross Club website
1/ The Southern Cross Yacht Club at Yarralumla will be hosting a Good Friday Seafood Buffet for lunch, between 12pm - 3pm. This venue is popular with Canberra locals and visitors as it has scenic views over Lake Burley Griffin and is a relaxing spot to sit and take in the views. There is a wide range of seafood on the buffet menu with prawns, oysters, salmon and octopus - as well as salads, main meals (with chicken, beef and vegetarian options) and a range of delicious desserts. The cost is $99 for adults and $60 for kids aged between 5 - 12. See here for details.
2/ The Dickson Tradies, north of Canberra, will be hosting a Good Friday Seafood Buffet for all the family, between 6:30pm - 9:30pm. There will be a wide selection of fresh fish and seafood including fresh tiger prawns, rock oysters, grilled salmon and cooked mussels - coming direct from the Sydney Fish Markets. The cost is $75 per person for members, $85 for non-members, and $40 for children under 12. See here for details.
3/ Redsalt restaurant at the Crowne Plaza in the CBD will be hosting an Easter Sunday Seafood Buffet between 6pm - 10pm. If not everyone in your group likes seafood, they also have fresh gourmet salads, hot roasted lamb from the carvery station and a wide selection of hot dishes. For dessert, there will be a rich chocolate fondue station and a selection of Easter sweet treats. The cost is $79 per adult, $39.50 per child (6 – 12 years) and children under 6 are free. See here for details.
GOOD FRIDAY, SATURDAY & EASTER SUNDAY
4/ The Hyatt Hotel in Canberra has a number of Easter dining events over 3 days of the long weekend. In the Tea Lounge there will be an Easter-themed Afternoon Tea on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday. Prices start from $65 per person. In the Promenade Cafe there will be lunch and dinner buffets held on each of the three days. There is a sumptuous seafood selection on all days. Prices range between $78 - $125 per person. See here for details.
Fresh seafood at the Hyatt. Source: Hyatt Hotel Canberra Facebook
5/ The Star Buffet at the Burns Club in Kambah will be hosting lunch and dinner Easter Seafood Buffets all long weekend. This buffet restaurant has a wide range of fresh and cooked seafood options as well as over 100 other international dishes in the buffet. This venue is popular with families and kids, as it has a great selection for all tastes. A buffet lunch costs $24.50 for adults and dinner costs $27.80. Children under 12 are priced on their age. See here for details - scroll down to Easter Prices.
Although Canberra may be far from the coast, we have some of the best suppliers of fresh seafood straight from the trawlers. With the region's best fishing waters just over a couple of hours from the city, we can have fresh seafood on our plates the day it was caught. If you would prefer to do your own seafood buffet at home, then check out the article Where is the Best Fresh Seafood in Canberra? for where to select the freshest seafood. Canberrans traditionally get to the seafood suppliers early on Good Friday to take their pick and get the best prawns. Have a chat to the friendly fishmongers behind the counter for the best advice on what to choose and how to cook it.
Happy Easter - however you celebrate it!
Fresh seafood at Star Buffet, Burns Club in Kambah. Image: original photos from the Star Buffet Facebook