Need a little inspiration of where to take your mum or loved one on May 12?
We’ve searched the nation and found the best restaurants to treat your leading lady to this Mother’s Day! From high teas and buffet breakfasts to luxurious fine dining, the capital cities are truly stepping it up for 2019.
Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with an escape to Efendy in Balmain – a combination of Mediterranean and authentic Turkish cuisine. This Mother’s Day lunch will take guests to the bustling streets of Istanbul despite only being less than 15 minutes out of Sydney’s CBD. Enjoy their selection of traditional meals including the likes of cured salmon with fenugreek, fennel and pickled chilis, smoked eggplant with pistachio, calamari dolma and finally poached quinces with sour cherries and clotted cream to finish. Bookings essential.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day with mum than with a visit to NOLA Smokehouse and Bar to enjoy their Plantation High Tea. Running over four hours with two-hour bookings, NOLA will transport you to Louisiana where you will enjoy their delectable sweet and savoury delicacies designed by executive chef Troy Spencer. The Plantation High Tea features the likes of southern fried chicken sliders, baby pea and goats curd tartlets, doberge cake and candied yam and maple scones to name a few. Of course, there’ll be southern iced tea and freshly squeezed lemonade free flowing throughout the event.
Park Hyatt Sydney
Tucked away along Hickson Road with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as its backdrop; this Mother’s Day, Park Hyatt Sydney will be hosting its very own Mother’s Day Lunch at The Dining Room. With views of Sydney Opera House, guests will be able to enjoy a three-course choice menu at $150 per person which includes a glass of champagne upon arrival, appetizers to start as well as a take-home gift complimentary of Park Hyatt Sydney and Ovvio Tea.
The Squire’s Landing
With front-row, first-class views of Circular Quay including Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House that seems almost a touch away, there’s no doubt that The Squire’s Landing will be the perfect venue to wine and dine mum this Mother’s Day. Guests to The Squire’s Landing can choose between a two or three-course set menu starting from $65 per person including the likes of mushroom and truffle arancini balls, handmade potato gnocchi or coconut and lemongrass panna cotta to name a few.
Overlooking River Derwent is Hobart’s finest floating dining bar, The Glasshouse. Suspended over Sullivan’s Cove along Brooke St Pier, The Glasshouse provides exceptional 180 degree water views alongside their delectable menu consisting of shared plates and meticulous cocktails all inspired by the Tasmanian produce and culture. This Mother’s Day expect everything from freshly shucked oysters, pink eye potatoes, beef tartare, pan fried ocean trout and even salted bitter chocolate and raspberry tart. Be sure to pair your visit with one of their intricate cocktails such as the collins or the imposter.
For a more casual dining experience this Mother’s Day, head down to The Kermandie, which sits on the bank of Port Huon overlooking Kermandie River. Built in 1932, today, The Kermandie welcomes a selection of locals to travellers through their doors. Recently refurbished, The Kermandie is the perfect stop on Mother’s Day with their fine dining and four-star accommodation. Enjoy a three-course, traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings including a selection of entrees and desserts.
Peacock and Jones
Sitting on the bank of Derwent River, Peacock and Jones is the ultimate experience this Mother’s Day. Nestled between walls of sandstone encapsulating a diverse and interesting colonial history; Peacock and Jones is driven by its surroundings including local produce, culture and its seasons. Celebrating the beauty of Tasmanian food, executive chef, Jeff Workman elegantly creates the menu with the likes of 24-month aged iberico jamon, beef tartare, pasture fed lamb, market fish combined with a dressing of saffron and fennel and finally, to finish a choice between brillat savarin or hazelnut mousse.
Tasmania Mures Upper Deck
Less than a five-minute walk away from Franklin Square sitting on the bank of River Derwent is Tasmania Mures Upper Deck. Boasting its international reputation for one of Tasmania’s ultimate seafood experiences, there’s no doubt that if mum loves seafood, this is the place to be this Mother’s Day. Using local farmers and fisheries as their main source of fresh seasonal produce, Tasmania Mures Upper Deck menu is filled with a delectable range of seafood and red meat including mures smoked fish chowder, Tasmanian Atlantic salmon, Tasmanian crayfish salad and an espresso and chocolate brulee.
Mother’s Day with a South American flair! Treat mum this Sunday 12 May with a visit to Melbourne’s very own contemporary Argentinian restaurant – Asado. Mum will be welcomed with a glass of their delicious sangria and guests will follow their evening with a venture through Asado’s exquisite menu focusing on traditional Argentinian with a modern twist. Guests can expect everything from parilla cooked meats, authentic Spanish pintxos and conservas. Be sure to check out their jaw-dropping premium wine list with a heavy South American and Spanish influence.
Sitting 300 metres above Melbourne’s bustling streets is Eureka 89, a haven for mum this Mother’s Day. On the day, your Mother’s Day celebrations will be accompanied by a three-course meal including the likes of confit ocean trout, Yarra Valley salmon roe and dry aged duck two-ways plus finishing with a dessert platter for the table. Each of the tickets also includes a full beverage premium package for the booking. This is a dining experience that won’t be forgotten. Bookings essential.
Fatto Bar & Cantina
Overlooking the Yarra River and the renowned Princes Bridge which seems almost a touch away, this Mother’s Day spoil your favourite woman with a taste of Melbourne’s favourite Italian, Fatto Bar & Cantina. Offering three or four-course options starting from $55 per person, guests can enjoy the likes of spanner crab spaghettini, 300g sirloin and wagyu carpaccio. Of course, in true Italian form – mum must be spoiled even more, so Fatto Bar & Cantina are giving each mum a take-home house-made Fatto’s marmalade created by Group Pastry Chef Lauren Eldridge.
Less than a 10-minute walk away from Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens guests will find San Telmo tucked away on Meyers Place. Living by the true Argentinian ethos that “eating, drinking and most importantly life are there to be enjoyed with friends, family and lovers.” This Mother’s Day, San Telmo will be welcoming mums with a glass of champagne upon arrival. Here, mum can enjoy her way through San Telmo’s menu which can only be described travelling through the streets of Argentina. This relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere is perfect for celebrating mum!
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Nestled deep within Adelaide’s very own Botanic Gardens is a restaurant which can only be described as just as bewitching and meticulous as its surroundings. Led by critically acclaimed head chef, Paul Baker, Botanic Gardens Restaurants aims to abide by its ethically and sustainable “garden to plate” philosophy. The meals created are accredited to the fresh vegetables and herbs harvested daily from the nearby gardens. Guests can expect everything from lamb leg tartare, chestnut polenta, wild caught mulloway and even orange blossom parfait.
Georges on Waymouth
Winning Best European Restaurant in 2010, 2011 and 2013 to 2015, Georges on Waymouth is one of Adelaide’s most renowned Mediterranean inspired restaurants. This Mother’s Day spoil your mum with a taste of Europe with their distinct menu inspired by seasonal fare and delights. Enjoy the likes of antipasto, Parisian gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and leek, saffron and fennel risotto, black angus served with bone marrow and sherry. Or, to finish off your European getaway, opt between the granny smith apple tart or the decadent Callebaut chocolate parfait paired with disaronno amaretto.
Just a 30-minute drive east of Adelaide’s CBD, The Manor is a magical oasis fit for any queen. The historic estate built in 1935 was formerly known as Camelot Castle but has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar refurbishment to create an enchanting country estate. Equip with meticulous gardens, this Mother’s Day, The Manor will be hosting a private luncheon which includes a selection of canapes and sparkling wine upon arrival followed by a sit-down main course and then a decadent dessert table. Children are welcome and The Manor will happily accommodate with children’s meal options and a craft area. Bookings essential.
Enjoy Mother’s Day with your special someone at Mayfair Hotel’s Classic Buffet Breakfast. With sittings available from 7:30 – 9am or 9:30 – 11am, guests will be greeted with a complimentary glass of Petit Cordon before making their way to the buffet with an expansive premium breakfast selection. Enjoy the likes of smoked salmon, leg ham and a delicious range of house-made pastries. The Classic Buffet Breakfast will be accompanied by live music and entertainment throughout the morning, followed by a Grans Iced Seafood Buffet in the afternoon.
33 floors up above Perth’s bustling streets guests will find C Restaurant – Western Australia’s only revolving restaurant. Apart from providing guests with bewitching 360-degree views of the city skyline, this Mother’s Day C Restaurant will be hosting its very own lunch especially for that special mum of ours. For $99 per person, guests will be able to enjoy a set menu including freshly baked petit pain to start, grilled tiger prawns with avocado mousse, twice baked goats cheese soufflé, Timber Hill pork belly and apple crumble cremates brûlée to name a few.
Located along North Fremantle’s Queen Victoria Street is Propeller, Perth’s very own restaurant serving a delectable range of modern middle eastern cuisine. Built within a converted garage, Propeller is decorated in a fresh palette of neutral hues encapsulating its modern age approach. This Mother’s Day opt to visit Propeller which is open from breakfast through till dinner. Guests can expect everything from sausage and egg manoushe to fattoush salad, scallops with white bean purée and even duck kibbeh. Be sure to pair your visit with a Propeller Spritz.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Looking for something sweet for mum this Mother’s Day? Treat your mum to a meal at Rockpool Bar & Grill located inside of Burswood’s Crown Perth on Sunday 12th May, and we’ll treat her to a complimentary cocktail on arrival. Rockpool will also package up a box of exquisite, complimentary petit fours to take home. Hand-made mango white chocolate macrons and raspberry macrons: the perfect way to finish a decadent, well-deserved meal. Bookings essential.
Located inside Perth’s State Buildings is Wildflower, one of the city’s most vibrant restaurants that overlooks the Swan River. Renowned for its small space, Wildflower accommodates for a more intimate crowd making their contemporary Australian dishes all that more special. This Mother’s Day over three booking sessions enjoy their Afternoon Tea that features the likes of cured kingfish, assorted scones and finishing with a range of delectable, in house, handmade pastries.
Awarded two hats for 2019, Aria in Brisbane City is the go-to venue this Mother’s Day. Created by renowned chefs Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, Aria definitely lives up to its reputation. Aria is described as perfectly balanced especially when using only the finest produce to create their season-changing menu. With exceptional views of the Story Bridge across the Brisbane River, this year, Aria will be hosting an exclusive lunch for guests accompanied by a delectable range of award-winning wine. Bookings essential.
Welcome to one of Brisbane’s most renowned modern Australian restaurants, Bacchus. Known for their exquisite Bacchus High Tea, this Mother’s Day the South Bank venue will be hosting a decadent High Tea. Upon arrival, Mum will be greeted with a Bellini and then guests will be able to indulge in a range of meticulously created sweet and savoury delights all paired with an assortment of Harney & Sons Tea. We can most definitely guarantee that you’ll be venturing back to Bacchus after Mother’s Day. Bookings essential.
Perched up along South Bank River, Stokehouse Q is the perfect destination to wine and dine Mum this Mother’s Day. Inspired by the flavours, colours and cultures of the Mediterranean and greater Europe – there’s no denying that everything from the meals to the cocktails are made using only the freshest, local produce available. With unsurpassed river and city views, this Mother’s Day head chef Marcel Nogaski has created a two or three course lunch to enjoy with Mum. Bookings essential.
Feature image: Botanic Gardens Restaurant Adelaide