Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.

By Leigh O’Connor.

Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8 is the special time of year when we celebrate our first BFF and the person we always turn to when we need advice – it is also a chance to recognise all the other wonderful women in our lives from wives to great-grandmothers.

Did you know Mother’s Day dates back to Ancient Greece? The roots of our modern celebration go as far back as the Colosseum, when Greeks held an annual Spring festival dedicated to the maternal Goddess Rhea – Mother of the Gods.

Make sure to treat your Mum like a Goddess with a meal at her favourite restaurant – here are six suggestions for a Mothership of a meal on Sunday:

Enjoy a divine musical performance and four-course menu at ALBA by Kuruvita on Alba Close in Noosa Heads on Mother’s Day. Peter’s menu has been paired with matching wines from four magnificent female winemakers to celebrate Mum’s special day in style. Sip a welcome cocktail on arrival, before canapés like Noosa spanner crab, puri, cashew cream and boondi.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
Take Mum to ALBA by Kuruvita for divine music, a four-course menu and a welcome cocktail.

Mains present like pan-roasted blue eye trevalla, toasted hazelnuts, capers, brown butter and crushed potatoes, or roasted corn-fed chicken, heirloom rice, pomegranate, pistachio and jaggery. Finish divinely with chocolate sphere, Aero chocolate and chocolate fudge.

Take Mum to RST Seafood on Rae Street in Fitzroy North on Sunday and she’ll receive a complimentary glass of Australian sparkling wine on arrival. With stunning water views and a casually elegant dining room, RST evokes the feel of the sea with crisp white tablecloths, teamed with nautical touches.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mum receives a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival at RST Seafood in Fitzroy North.

Kickstart the celebrations with starters like half-shell scallops and Champagne cream sauce; before hooking a main of seafood linguine, in garlic, parsley and olive oil, or Moreton Bay bugs and lemon butter.

An experience for the senses where the valley meets Vaucluse, The Botanica on Laguna Street presents a leafy dining oasis to feed the soul inside and out. A relaxed restaurant space creates ambient dining through walls covered with plant murals and the odd peacock, along with dusky pink chairs and ornamental touches.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
Spoil Mum with breakfast or lunch at pretty as a picture The Botanica Vaucluse.
This is the ideal setting for spoiling Mum with breakfast or lunch - treat her to oysters or caviar to start, followed by za’atar roasted lamb rump, confit chickpeas, tahini labneh and garden herbs; or truffle free-range chicken, carrot and ginger purée. 

Take Mum or Grandma for a long lunch at Citrique in Surfers Paradise on Sunday and indulge n an award-winning buffet, showcasing locally harvested seafood. Nestled in J W Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, expect a sea to table experience, along with live entertainment and a free gift for all Mums dining at the restaurant.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
A sea to table dining experience awaits all Mothers at Citrique in Surfers Paradise.

Find ocean treasures such as Pacific oysters, Tiger prawns, blue swimmer crab, Moreton Bay bugs, green lip mussels and Hervey Bay scallops; land lovers enjoy a choice of artisan antipasto, succulent roasts, Asian dishes, pizza and European classics.

Head to Settle Gretel Café on McLeod Road in Carrum for an everlasting floral workshop and high tea to celebrate Mum’s big day. Learn to arrange dried flowers as you devour sandwiches, savouries and sweet treats on Friday or Saturday, then come back for a delectable brunch on Sunday.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
An everlasting floral workshop and high tea makes an ideal treat for Mum at Settle Gretel Café.
Delve into the likes of crump cakes – when a crumpet makes friends with a pancake – housemade curd, lavender meringue, fresh berries, crushed macadamia, lemon balm cress and ice cream; or smashed avo, rainbow tomatoes, poached egg, whipped lemon feta, dukkah and sourdough pretzel.

Treat your favourite woman at Frogmore Creek Restaurant & Cellar Door on Richmond Road in Cambridge this Sunday with a four-course lunch among the vines, including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Immerse yourself in Tasmania’s wine country and all the sensory treats it has to offer, surrounded by a sea of vines overlooking spectacular Coal River Valley.

Mum, Thanks for Raisin Me – Six Restaurants to Celebrate Mother’s Day.
Dine among the vines at Frogmore Creek and Mum gets a glass of bubbles to celebrate.

Expect dishes from the land, sea and garden on the menu – such as octopus, chorizo and spicy nduja tortellini with mojo picon and feta foam; or tamarind-glazed pork belly, kimchee, apple purée and pulled pork croquette, best enjoyed with a glass of estate Riesling.

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