If you love seafood, there is nothing better than a Seafood Buffet. You get to tuck into a wide variety of seafood that you may never buy for yourself - as well as eat as many prawns as your waistband will let you! Every Good Friday there are Seafood Buffets around the city for those who wish to recognise to the religious significance of not eating red meat on Good Friday. Even if you aren't religious, it is an enjoyable way to get family and friends together for the Easter long weekend. The following are 3 venues around the city that are marking Good Friday with a smorgasbord of scrumptious, salty seafood. Book in quick - they are sure to fill up fast!
1/ The Tradies at Dickson will be hosting their annual Good Friday Seafood Buffet, with fresh tiger prawns, Sydney rock oysters, grilled salmon, cooked mussels, octopus and more. There will also be a range of tasty salads, as well as a cooked seafood selection including Thai Fish Curry, Fish Masala and Sweet and Sour Prawns - see here for the full menu. Make sure you leave room for the dessert buffet, or if you prefer savoury there will also be a selection of delicious cheeses. The cost is $80 per person for members, $85 for non-members and $25 for children under 12 (children under 4 are free). See here for details.
2/ Canberra Yacht Club at Yarralumla will be hosting a Good Friday Seafood Buffet, with views out over the scenic Lake Burley Griffin. Select from a range of seafood from all across Australia - Queensland prawns, Pambula rock oysters, Tasmanian smoked salmon and marinated octopus from Fremantle! As well as all this, they will also have a salad bar and hot seafood options such as Local fish fillet with mango, red onion fresh dill and caper salsa and Queensland swordfish. If you have had your fill of seafood by this stage, you can also choose between mouth-watering chicken and beef options. Once again, save room for the dessert and cheese selection! The cost is $99 per adult and $55 for children between 5 - 12. See here for details.
If you would prefer something a little more casual, Snapper on the Lake fish and chips will be open downstairs all long weekend.
Spend Good Friday at the Canberra Yacht Club. Image: Original photos from Canberra Southern Cross Club Facebook
3/ Star Buffet Canberra is located inside the Burns Club, which is a Scottish club in the southern suburb of Kambah. This buffet restaurant is popular all year around, however it draws in the crowds at Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Christmas. This buffet is ideal if you have members of your family or friends who don't particularly love seafood, as there are over 100 international dishes to choose from. If you love your seafood, prawns and mussels however - get that stretchy waistband ready! If you wish to visit for lunch on Good Friday, it will cost $24.80 and children will be $1.90 x their age (up to age 12). If you visit for dinner it will cost $27.80 and children will be $2 x their age. See here for details. Diners who live within the ACT will need to join the Burns Club for $5 a year - only one person needs to join, to then sign in the rest of the group. For a full article on Star Buffet, see here.
Easter seafood options at Star Buffet, Kambah. Image: Original photos from Star Buffet Facebook
One more sneaky extra is the Courtyard Restaurant at the Mecure Hotel in Braddon. They host a regular Seafood Buffet on the last Friday and Saturday night of the month and the next buffet happens to coincide with the Easter long weekend - making it one of the most popular buffets of the year! Enjoy prawns, crab, mussels and a wide range of seafood options at one of their sitting times of 6pm - 7:30pm or 7:45pm - 9:15pm. The cost is $75 per person, including a house wine or beer. See here for details. Call 02 6243 0000 to book.
These Good Friday buffets are the perfect opportunity to get all your seafood-loving friends and family together for a night of seafood decadence and to bond together in your love of seafood. Just one question - are you going to be ready for all this?
Seafood-lovers were born ready! Image: Original photos from Courtyard Restaurant Facebook