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Published November 24th 2013
Mix fun with work this Christmas
Come Christmas time each year and a mood of festivity sets in the atmosphere and everyone gets excited be at home or at work. It's also that time of the year when restaurants and pubs across the town get busy and pre-booked for various team Christmas lunches and parties. So if you and your team are gearing up for organising one such lunch to enjoy some fun time with good food, without burning your pockets, then here are some interesting place you may like to try:
Popularly known as RMH, this place is conveniently located a short walk from Southern Cross Station and other public transport like taxis and trams as well as the famous Etihad Stadium. It has great ambiance with indoor and outdoor seating and appealing heritage style architecture. Depending upon your needs and your team size you can choose to sit in any one of the 5 distinct areas of RMH (which can seat from 12 to 1200 people) and enjoy the festivity of Christmas lunch without any ado. You can pre-order your selections or just order when you go there from a spectrum of food from its menu. Mains, light meals, pizzas, sides and desserts will provide ample opportunities for you and your team to dig into some amazing food and quench your thirst with your choice of drinks from beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages too. Make sure to book a table for your team especially during this time of the year.
This sports bar cum functional hall cum hotel is also one of the best places for pub food in the Melbourne CBD area. Situated on Bourke Street it is easily accessible by trams and taxis if you do not like walking in the city. They have a wide range of food from shared plates, light meals, grills, sides, mains, wood fire pizza and desserts in their menu to satiate your taste buds. The cost of your order can range anywhere from $8 for a plate of buttery garlic bread to $35 for an eye fillet. Top that up with a glass of beer, cider, wine, cocktails or spirits to celebrate Christmas lunch with your team. Make sure to reserve a table for your team, either by phone or by online booking. Feel feel to explore the options of gluten free, vegan and other dietary requirements.
China Bar Signature is perhaps the largest Asian buffet restaurant in Melbourne and its range of platters is surely going to tickle the taste buds of those who devour the non-vegetarian food. You are sure to salivate at the sight of its sprawling spread be it Chinese Banquet, Japanese Kitchen, Yum Cha Corner, Seafood Bar, Cook to Order or even Patisserie options. Currently China Bar has special offers for Christmas time with lunch at $25 on Mon-Thurs, and $33 on Fri-Sun. If you are going in a large group make sure to be there on time as it gets very busy. Booking is essential to avoid any disappointments or delays in the service. Apart from the China Town branch in Melbourne CBD this restaurant is also at Burwood and Epping Plaza.