Christmas Lunch at the Riverview Hotel | VEGETARIAN

Location: Hamilton, Brisbane

Cost: A La Carte Lunch (5 Course)  – $159


Christmas, a time for family, good food and copious amounts of red wine (in my world anyway). After undergoing a $6 million refurbishment, the Riverviews’ Plates Restaurant will be preparing for their busiest day of the year. With a hybrid menu influenced by the Queensland Summer and Traditional Christmas Dishes, their spread is sure to impress. A little off character for me, but I decided to opt for the Vegetarian Menu.

The Menu Includes: 

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Marinated Beetroot with Grilled Goats Cheese and Wild Rocket
  • Christmas Pie with Lentils, Chestnut Potatoes, Mushrooms and Cranberries in a Vegetarian Suet Pastry
  • Pavlova with Fresh Berries, Double Cream and Raspberry Coulis


Not only was the marinated beetroot entrée visually pleasant, it was an absolute delight to eat. Light and fresh, but still creamy from the goats cheese. The modern take on the Queensland Christmas.



Everything about this dish screamed festive! The light, crisp suet pastry and cranberry sauce were heavenly. I would eat that as a snack alone. Unfortunately my primal instincts didn’t much of a liking to the lentil filling. That was not a result of the flavours of the dish but more so the fact that I had Charlotte eating a rack of lamb beside me.

Written by: Aliyah Ravat