"It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his Mother more beautiful?” – Mahatma Gandhi.
It’s the day to let Mum know how special she is…and how much we appreciate all that she does for us daily. Whether it’s her favourite breakfast in bed, a picnic lunch in the park, or dinner at a local restaurant, it’s her time to shine!
Let’s look at some of the hot spots around the country to wine, dine and spoil Mum come Sunday, May 12:
Crab Casarecce at Hophaus Bistro.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in Victoria:
Say ‘ich liebe dich Mutti’ at Hophaus Euro Bar Bistro on the mid-level of Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct in Melbourne’s CBD. This German-inspired traditional dining hall has a special brunch for Mum on the big day, with a choice of four dishes, a Mimosa on arrival, Four Pillars Gin paddle and tea or coffee to finish.
There’s also a kids’ meal, including a soft drink and an activity pack to keep them entertained, as Mum delves into poached egg with smoked salmon, smashed avocado, toasted seeds and feta on rye; or ricotta hotcakes, vanilla mascarpone, berry compote, maple syrup and pumpkin seeds.
Mum deserves more than slippers or chocolates for her special day, so take her into Taxi Kitchen on Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne city to show your appreciation of all she does. A three-course lunch awaits at this dining destination in the Transport Hotel, where 180-degree views of the city skyline, Yarra River and Arts Precinct make for a stunning backdrop.
An exclusively Victorian wine list is sure to tempt, while Mum also gets a celebratory box of sweet treats from the kitchen to take home.
Numerous cocktail to be had at Motion Dining.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in Queensland:
Spoil your special Mum with an indulgent Marriott brunch, featuring a welcome Bellini cocktail, at Motion Dining on Queen Street in Brisbane. A variety of sweet and savoury delights are sure to tempt the whole family at this city dining destination, located within the recently revamped Brisbane Marriott hotel.
With attentive staff, a comprehensive wine list, slickly styled décor and a variety of seating options, Mum is sure to be impressed when dishes like grilled banana bread with cream cheese and bush honey, or a stack of blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream grace the table.
Truly pamper Mum with a sensational dining experience at Brisbane’s highest restaurant The Summit, with either breakfast, a set or smorgasbord lunch, or a la carte dinner. Panoramic views across the city to Moreton Bay make this restaurant and bar well worth the trip up Mount Coot-tha, where terraced indoor seating and an outdoor deck ensure every seat in the house captures the best outlook.
Mum can delve into a three-course set lunch with choices like roasted duck spring rolls, barramundi with lemon and dill sauce, green beans and hand-cut confit chips; or perhaps an intimate dinner is more her style with mains such as braised beef cheeks, Paris mash, roasted beets, petite carrots and horseradish cream.
Beetroot and dill cured salmon with compressed cucumber, beetroot, sorrel and lemon oil at Vines Restaurant.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in New South Wales:
Mum will savour dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder with seeded mustard mash, broccolini and mushroom ragu for lunch at Vines Restaurant at Hollydene Estate, on Golden Highway in Jerrys Plains. This Mother’s Day enjoy this unique and inviting dining destination in the Hunter Valley and unwind over a glass or two from the estate’s 23 varieties of wine, while taking in breath-taking views of surrounding vineyards and rugged hills.
Perhaps venture outside to the alfresco area if the weather is balmy, while sharing a charcuterie board of Hunter Belle cheddar, triple cream Brie, charred vegetables, cured meats, Baerami feta stuffed olives, sourdough and grissini.
Overlooking Manly Beach and with a three-course set menu, Mum can soak up salty sea breezes and watch the waves at The Pantry on Ocean Promenade. Perhaps embark on an early morning beach walk at North Steyne, before devouring baked scallops with Manchego, sour cream, jamon and breadcrumbs; or wild boar and duck en croute, with warm French baguette and cornichons.
Kick back and enjoy the laid-back vibe of this restaurant, located in the iconic ‘Beach House’ built in 1919, with a cocktail or favourite drop of wine, while Mum celebrates with a main like crispy confit duck, Paris mash, sautéed spinach and mushrooms. Classic pavlova is sure to entice as a sweet finish to a memorable Mother’s Day meal.
Sweet treats and high tea at Montereys Brasserie.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in Western Australia:
Free-flowing sparkling wine should put Mum in a relaxed mood at Montereys Brasserie on Adelaide Terrace in the heart of Perth’s CBD. Housed in the Pan Pacific Hotel, Montereys is dishing up a stunning Mother’s Day high tea menu, starting with a plated entrée such as Exmouth spanner crab profiteroles, with lemon hollandaise and cracked pepper.
Share plates like grilled Rottnest scallops, halloumi cheese gratin and pancetta crisps follow; while sweet tooth Mums will salivate over raspberry macarons, freeze-dried raspberry and gold leaf, or Turkish delight eclairs with sherbet dust. Chill out with a glass of Prosecco and listen to the ambient soundtrack provided by the restaurant’s resident pianist.
Thinking about spending some quality time with your Mum and treating her to a beautiful brunch, coffee or dessert, head to Blue Lotus Café on the corner of Hamilton Street and North Beach Road in Stirling. A popular hot spot with locals and visitors alike with its warm and welcoming ambiance, children’s play area and water features, this eatery is the ideal venue for family gatherings.
Instead of breakfast in bed, treat Mum to a smoked salmon bagel, fresh avocado, poached egg and lemon; drop by later for a crispy calamari salad, on a bed of mixed greens, or slow-cooked tender beef ragu, seasonal vegetables and housemade fettuccine.
Salted caramel and whisky creme brulee at The Boat House.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in Canberra:
Mum has fed you so many times…this Mother’s Day treat her to an amazing four-course lunch at The Boat House on Menindee Drive in Barton. Surrounded by parkland overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, this restaurant offers an escape from city life to enjoy stunning water views in a dining room of rich décor, an open fireplace, white table linens and ambient lighting.
Waterside dining calls for seafood and The Boat House’s seasonally changing menu has been created to offer locally sourced produce, used to create visually stunning dishes like raw yellowfin tuna, South Coast snapper and pan-fried barramundi.
Where to Go for Mother’s Day in Tasmania:
Soak up spectacular riverfront views of Port Huon while Mum enjoys a three-course carvery lunch at Kermandie Waterfront Hotel on Main Road. Built in 1932 as a watering hole to welcome weary travellers to the lower Huon and Esperance district, the Kermandie has recently undergone refurbishment to provide a fine dining and four-star accommodation venue for locals and visitors.
Choose from any entrée, roast and dessert as Mum settles in front of the fireplace with a glass of red in hand or grab a table by the glass frontage and admire the picturesque backdrop of a bustling port side marina.
Nestled in the Country Club Tasmania, fine diner Terrace Restaurant pleases the senses in every way from the aroma of freshly baked bread to crisp white table linen and softly glowing pendent lighting. Mum can celebrate with scallop carpaccio, yuzu, black pepper and herb aioli at this Prospect Vale restaurant, where the devil is in the detail and the very best local produce.
For main, tempt her with confit duck leg, pommes saladaise, roasted Brussel sprouts, lardons, hazelnuts and honey jus, before a sweet Mother’s Day indulgence of honey crème brulee, strawberries, sea salt and black sesame.