Food & Drink

Where to book Last Minute for Mother’s Day

Food may be the way to a man’s heart, but it may very well be the way to your mother’s, too. Whether you and your mum are early birds who’d enjoy a good breakfast, lunch enthusiasts, or night owls who want a view to accompany your food, we’ve picked out the best of the best for you to choose. And with the weekend approaching, here are our suggestions, no matter where you are in Australia, for last minute dinning suggestions.

Brisbane

Lokal + Co

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Start the day right by treating your mother to a Nordic-inspired meal from Lokal + Co, with both light and substantial portions to cater for any appetite. A notable menu item being their famous potato waffles with house cured salmon, citrus onions, salmon pearls and labne. Lokal + Co also cater to the sweet-toothed, with delicacies such as apricot fig loaf, and banana fritters with a papaya lime salad.

Lokal + Co
07 3844 1675
6 O’Connell Street, Brisbane
Sunday opening hours: 7:00am – 4:00pm

Fogata Latin Fusion

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Fogata offers a unique type of cuisine – a menu composed of classic Latin American food with a modern twist, from Caribbean seafood specials to quinoa salads and chicken dishes inspired by the Andes. The restaurant is fairly cosy, making for an intimate and friendly luncheon experience, with a ‘to share’ menu perfect for splitting with your mum. They also boast a great selection of drinks, from exotic Latin American flavours to the familiar classics.

Fogata Latin Fusion
07 3358 5449
2/79 James St, New Farm Queensland
Sunday opening hours: 9:00am – late

Blackbird

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If you’re looking for something classy, head over to Blackbird for a high tea. They’re offering a Mother’s Day High Tea with everything one could ever want for a perfect afternoon – mimosas and tea is served on arrival, followed by ribbon sandwiches, freshly baked scones, quiches, macaroons and lemon meringue pie. However, bookings are essential.

Blackbird
07 3229 1200
123 Eagle St, Brisbane
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 3:30pm, 6:00pm – late

Southbank Beer Garden

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Dinner at the Southbank Beer Garden is perfect for a casual night out, with a wonderful selection of grilled meat dishes prepared on a bespoke open fire char-grill. You could start with the Beer Garden’s famous Hickory Smoked Wings, moving onto a unique selection of burgers and salads that’ll have something for everyone. And finally, the Beer Garden overlooks a particularly stunning section of South Bank’s parklands, providing the perfect accompaniment to a great evening.

Southbank Beer Garden
07 3844 2866
30ba Stanley Place, South Bank Parklands
Sunday opening hours: 11:00am – late

Melbourne

The Hardware Societe Melbourne

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To make Mother’s Day extra sweet, start the day with a trip to The Hardware Societe. Frequently named one of the best breakfast places in Melbourne, the café is small and unassuming, but constantly has a stream of eager patrons waiting outside to sample its stunning savoury or sweet breakfast dishes. The menu is littered with Spanish and French influences, and the dishes that stand out the most are by far the baked egg concoctions that have elements of both. The queue might be intimidating if you don’t get there right as the doors open, but the food more than makes up for the wait.

The Hardware Societe Melbourne
03 9078 5992
Location: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne
Sunday opening hours: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Café di Stasio

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Say ciao to a great Mother’s Day by paying a visit to Café di Stasio – the restaurant is celebrating its 25th year of greeting patrons with the finest Italian food, perfect for a long and joyful luncheon. There’s a wide range of authentic Italian dishes on offer, from tantalising appetisers to salads and pasta dishes, in addition to a main menu consisting of everything from pan fried escalopes of baby veal to crumbed chicken. There’s also the element of surprise when it comes to seafood, with a special of the day being offered in both the appetiser and main dish categories.

Café di Stasio
03 9525 3999
31 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 3:30pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Street Organics

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If your mother is a creative spirit, take her to Street Organics for an innovative twist on the traditional high tea. They offer a Raw Vegan High Tea, in which all menu items are raw, vegan, paleo, cane sugar free, grain free, gluten free and organic – while still being a delicious way to spend Mother’s Day. They’re offering a special event on May 14, where the price includes a goodie bag for every mother, in addition to three courses of organic and delicious finger food in their beautiful upper floor.

Street Organics
03 9972 8329
1430 High St, Malvern
Mother’s Day event starting times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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If you’re looking for a fine dining experience like no other, there is no better place to go. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a multi-award winning restaurant, offering a menu that fuses both modern and traditional elements of the dining experience inspired by the fascinating history of Britain. The restaurant offers the most exquisitely crafted dishes in Melbourne – they offer curried kangaroo tail and ice cream with vegemite, along with dishes borne from research into historic British gastronomy.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
03 9292 5779
Crown Towers, Level 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 5:15pm – 11:00pm

Sydney

Bread & Circus

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Looking for a healthy (and delicious) Mother’s Day breakfast? Head over to Bread & Circus. It resides within a converted warehouse in Alexandria, giving it a cosy and cheerful atmosphere. They offer sourdough or biodynamic essene bread, with intriguing items like ‘rainy day toast’, ‘Parmesan not-so-scrambled eggs’ and ‘i-had-curry-for-breakfast’, along with a separate category for ‘things with fruit.’ The café offers the perfect mixture of amusement, warmth, and great breakfast food.

Bread & Circus
0418 214 425
21 Fountain St, Alexandria
Sunday opening hours: 7:00am – 4:00pm

Adobe Bistro & Bar

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If you want all the glamour of a hotel without having to stay as a guest, Adobe Bistro & Bar is the perfect alternative. Nestled within the PARKROYAL, the award-winning dining bistro contains both sparkling décor, and the key to giving your mother a perfect day – they’re offering a special three course lunch ($70 per person) with a variety of gluten free and vegetarian options, and a glass of sparkling, draught beer or house wine to go along with the food included in the price.

Adobe Bistro & Bar
02 9260 2945
150 Day St, Sydney
Mother’s Day special hours: 11:30am onwards

Tea Room QVB

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The Queen Victoria Building is a stunning piece of architecture, and its Tea Room is no different. The high tea offered is the quintessential British experience, from delicate finger foods to the stupendous room, complete with chandeliers and high-backed armchairs. It’s the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day in style, with the finest cuisine made on the premise by a team of dedicated chefs. There’s also a Gluten Free Afternoon Tea available, but make sure to get reservations just in case.

Tea Room QVB
02 9283 7279
Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St
Sunday opening hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

LuMi Dining

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This restaurant is not for the faint hearted – not only is it an Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant with glass walls that make you feel like you’re balanced above the harbour, but it also only offers a five-course meal for lunch, or an eight-course meal for dinner. A visit to the restaurant at night is highly recommended, because the views are beyond amazing after the sun has set, letting you relax against a stunning backdrop while you indulge in an eight-course degustation.

LuMi Dining
02 9571 1999
56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 4:00pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Perth

Gordon Street Garage

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Although the café rests within a garage, renovations have made it into a bright, friendly place that provides the setting for a spectacular breakfast. They have a healthy morning menu, with house-made pastries and freshly baked goods, along with made-to-order juices or smoothies. Their coffees are also crafted with care by enthusiastic baristas, providing the perfect morning pick-me-up.

Gordon Street Garage
08 9322 8050
16 Gordon St, West Perth
Sunday opening hours: 8:00am – 2:30pm

Nobu Perth

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With a fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine and South American flavours, it’s no wonder Nobu is on of the world’s most recognisable Japanese restaurants. The chefs dazzle with a skilled sushi demonstration, before serving you the finest of Japanese cuisine. Nobu Perth also offers the first Nobu teppanyaki, complete with private tables, and the South American influence is made clear through innovative dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño – to give you the best way to spice up your Mother’s Day.

Nobu Perth
1800 954 123
Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Duxton Hotel Perth

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If you’re looking for the classiest high tea in Perth, Duxton Hotel is the place to go. Not only is the high tea served within the stunning décor of Duxton Hotel, but the delicacies are served on tiered plates right to your table. You can even choose something a little extra with the Free Flowing Chandon High Tea, which offers an accompaniment of chilled sparkling Chandon along with the food.

Duxton Hotel Perth
08 9261 8000
1 St Georges Terrace
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 4:30pm

C Restaurant

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There’s no better place in Perth to take your mother for dinner – the restaurant revolves, showing off an ever-changing view of Perth’s city lights from thirty-three floors above the ground. It’s Western Australia’s only revolving restaurant, so you can be assured that you’re getting the best of the best with a ninety-minute whirl around. The menu is also a wonderful mix of cuisines, from C’s famous homemade potato gnocchi and seared fish with Jerusalem artichokes, to poached Cone Bay barramundi and Western Australian marron tail.

C Restaurant
08 9220 83333
Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace
Sunday opening hours: 12:00pm – 1:45pm, 2:00pm – 3:30pm (reservations essential), 6:00pm onwards

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