Nonetheless, I got to admire a few fabulous examples last night at the preview of David Jones' Christmas Lunch in The Lacquer Room; a fantastic event space on Level 7 of the Elizabeth Street, Sydney store that overlooks lush Hyde Park and onto St Mary's Cathedral.
|Christmas table settings on display in The Lacquer Room, Level 7, David Jones, Elizabeth Street, Sydney|
The Lacquer Room will be open to the public with lunch, morning tea and high tea offerings by Pearl Catering. The bright, airy space will be set for a maximum of 60 diners, serviced by a concealed pop-up kitchen.
|The Lacquer Room|
From the lunch menu there are four mains options - vegetarian pumpkin and ricotta tortellini, pan fried snapper, roast turkey breast and a grilled pork cutlet - and three dessert options.
|Crisp skin snapper with fennel puree, asparagus, sugar snap peas and sauce vierge|
|Roast turkey breast brushed with herb butter, potato puree and a terrine of macadamia and brioche with Cumberland sauce|
Rather than traditional stuffing, the turkey was served with a clever bread-y terrine of macadamia nuts and brioche, with potato puree filling up the festive plate. A dressed green salad to share among the table was served on the side.
|Summer berries and mascarpone trifle|
|Dark chocolate tart with Cointreau strawberries and chantilly|
The Cointreau-steeped strawberry segments were a revelatory delight of fruit and booze, while the vanilla bean chantilly cream added even more luxe richness to the silky ganache tart.
|Steamed Christmas pudding with brandy anglaise|
|Christmas table setting display in The Lacquer Room|
See more photos on my Facebook page. For full details and tickets for the David Jones Christmas Lunch, see the website.
Food, booze and shoes attended a preview of the David Jones Christmas Lunch in The Lacquer Room as a guest.