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Where to eat in Pretoria this Christmas

Planning a ‘staycation’ this festive season? Book a table at one of these Pretoria spots this Christmas.

Meadow Green Restaurant at African Pride Hotel Irene Country Lodge (Irene)

Christmas day lunch buffet: Treat yourself at Meadow Green Restaurant. The buffet costs R745 per person. Highlights include slow-roasted marmalade-glazed gammon with a pineapple-and-maple syrup; slow-braised beef short rib with root vegetables; caramel-and-hazelnut torte with saffron-poached pear; and decadent chocolate brownie with peanut-butter fudge.

A set table at Meadow Green Restaurant. Photo supplied.

The Barn Restaurant (Irene)

Christmas day breakfast buffet: Tuck into bowls of homemade muesli with farm-fresh yoghurt and freshly cut fruit; smoked and grilled farmhouse back bacon; oven-roasted pork and beef sausages, flapjacks with syrup, fruit coulis and Irene Farm cream, and much more. The menu will be served from 8am until 10.30am. Last bookings will be at 10am. The buffet is available at R195 per person and it includes crackers and hats. Children 6 to 12 years of age pay half price and children 5 years old and younger can dine for free.

Christmas day buffet lunch: Expect starters of spicy Cape Malay-style pickled fish, home-baked artisanal breads with hummus, guacamole, tapenade and flavoured butters. Mains like oven-roasted turkey with sage-and-onion stuffing smothered in cranberry-enhanced gravy or braised lamb leg slices, are among the dishes to choose from. To end your dining experience on a sweet note, try their dessert options of old-fashioned Christmas pudding with brandy-enhanced custard and dark-chocolate mousse laced with burnt orange. The lunch buffet is available at R549.99 per person, R269.50 per child aged 6 to 12, and R55 per child aged between 2 and 5. Lunch is served from 12pm.

Outside at The Barn Restaurant. Photo supplied.

The Deck Restaurant (Irene)

Christmas Day Lunch: Expect a selection of delicious dishes including smoked duck breast, traditional chilled Spanish soup served with fried tortillas, salmon roulade, sage and onion stuffed turkey roll, roasted beef fillet and red berry pie for R549.99. Bookings are essential.

De Kloof Restaurant (Waterkloof)

Christmas Eve Dinner: Feast on a delicious Christmas Eve menu at De Kloof Restaurant. Expect highlights of  bacon-wrapped free-range beef fillet medallion, brown mushroom, Gemsbok rump and roasted pepper stroganoff, patat and kaaing da uphinoise, demi-glace and peas; and a selection of strawberry desserts such as strawberry and miso ice cream. The price per person is R545, and R195 for children under the age of 10.
Christmas day Lunch: Just in case you miss the Christmas Eve dinner, you can book a spot and tuck into the same menu. Other highlights to be expected is the Persian turkey, turkey roulade, pomegranate, mint, ras-el-hanout lentils, olive crumbs and aubergine crisp. A separate menu will be put together for children aged between 4 and 10. The price per person is R595, and R195 for children under the age of 10.

Forti Grill & Bar (Menlyn Maine)

Christmas Day Lunch: In addition to Chef Fortunato Mazzone’s usual menu, guests can also expect to feast in true Italian style on several traditional Italian Christmas dishes.
New Year’s Eve: Forti Grill & Bar will be serving Italian fish specialities along with a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight to help you ring in the New Year.

Hemingway’s Restaurant  & Wine Cellar (Centurion)

Christmas Day Lunch Buffet: Celebrate this festive day with family and friends and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet for R435 per person.

Orange Restaurant & Wine Cellar (Arcadia)

Christmas day lunch and dinner buffet: Go for the buffet at Orange Restaurant featuring a huge range of starters, salads, mains and desserts. Start with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Dishes to expect include peri-peri chicken buffalo wings, pickled fish, German potato salad, leg of lamb, turkey roll, gammon, frozen mixed berry cheesecake cup and Christmas pudding with Amarula custard. Adults will pay R440 per person and children under the age of 12 will pay R190.

Orange Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Have we missed a Christmas special in Pretoria? Let us know in the comments below.

Please note that, while we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, some prices and deals might change without our knowledge. Bookings are essential and these specials are subject to availability.

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