Where are you taking your Mum to lunch this Mother’s Day? Hint: you’ll find your answer here.
Brunch, lunch, whatever. You’re taking your Mum out today because really, you can’t be bothered making her breakfast in bed or whipping something up in the kitchen (she’s clearly better at it than you are).
If you’re like us, then you’re leaving all the frying and baking in the care of the professionals. All you need to do now is pick a place to take her. And the best part? The cleaning up afterwards is all taken care of, too.
Bondi and the Eastern Beaches
When the breakfast crowd has moved on, you and mum will join the lunch faring lot on one of the chairs at Bondi’s newest health spot. Its salad combinations are vast and varied, and should be paired with one of their delectable smoothies. Treat yourself. Order the decadent mocha blend.
Address: 60 Bronte Rd, Bondi Junction
Looking for a chilled little spot minutes from the beach? Then there’s a spot at Neighbourhood with your name on it. The welcome starts at the door and continues with a warm weekend brunch menu which includes breakfast quesadilla and roasted pumpkin salad. Stick around on Sunday for a roast from 3pm.
Address: 143 Curlewis St, Bondi
This one is open for a late lunch on Sundays (2pm onward), which opens up the possibilities for addictively smoky pastrami sandwiches for Mother's Day. Bask in the sun with a coffee in hand, or order it to go to have on the beach.
Pro tip: they’re also doing a chef’s special tasting menu for mums and daughters who care to share.
Address: 249 Bondi Rd, Bondi
City and Inner City
Want to spoil her? The gorgeous space that is The Winery is tends to celebrate Mother’s Day right. Every mum at the restaurant will receive a complimentary glass of Mumm sparkling wine. And let's not forget live acoustic music in the laneway to set the scene and some wine tasting because, well, they ARE The Winery. We’ll clink our glasses to that.
Address: 285A Crown St, Surry Hills
Award-winning cuisine and waterfront views – could it get any better? With oysters, sashimi, soft-shell crab and other seafood delights, you better bring an empty stomach, you'll need it.
Address: Jones Bay Wharf, Lower deck 19-21 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
The Tilbury. Yeah, this place knows a thing or two about taking care of mum on her special day. Its brunch menu means you can have green eggs and champagne cocktails to your heart’s content. Look out for the dish of the day too. It’s a cracker.
Address: 12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
The time for decadence is nigh and there’s nothing more extravagant than a buffet lunch at the InterContinental’s Cafe Opera. Set underneath the beautiful arches of this historical building, treat Mum to a the weekend cocktail lunch buffet, which includes unlimited sparkling wine and a cocktail for just $79pp.
Address: 117 Macquarie St, Sydney
Bonjour! If fancy and exotic is on your plate (paired with a bouquet of flowers, no less) Claire’s opening her kitchen for Sunday lunch on 14 May. Stay tuned for details on what the restaurant will be offering your mama. If it's anything like last year's affair, it'll be a four-course meal with a lucky door price for that lucky mother. Merci!
Address: 35 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
The Henson is home to some of the best beers this side of town. She’s also quite friendly with the locals and yummy mummies, making this a relaxing outfit to spend the Sunday at.
Address: 91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
She a bit of a food snob? The kind who knows the difference between ‘homemade’ and ‘processed’ and will never go back to the mass produced option? Cornersmith has you covered. Start with lunch at the institution and buy her a hamper of their pickled finest as a present. No questioning who the favourite child is after today.
Address: 314 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Just like last year, 3 Weeds is offering 3 courses at 3 Weeds, and it wasn't just for three. You could take care of the whole brood at 3 Weeds if you like. There's a choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts, plus a glass of prosecco, for just $75pp.
Address: 197 Evans St, Rozelle
Since opening up three years ago, these guys have expanded to deliver an espresso bar on the busier side of King St. You’re here for lunch, however, so the original (and the best) is where you’re taking her for a taste of Israeli-Australian culture. They also do some pretty kick ass coffee.
Address: 129 Enmore Rd, Newtown
North Shore and Northern Beaches
If nothing else, Ormeggio is worth spending our cash on for its beautiful waterfront views. Fine dining Italian is the cuisine and a decadent luncheon is the order. Bookings essential.
Address: D’Albora Marinas The Spit, Mosman
Let’s face it. You stuffed up last year and need to go all out in 2016 to make up for it. The Bathers’ Pavillion is your no-fail, go-to, she’ll-forgive-you-for-forgetting-last-year destination. Prepare to be loved by shouting her breakfast, a buffet lunch, three-course lunch or dinner at the Bathers' Pavillion, or whatever you feel your mum deserves on her special day.
Address: 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach
It’s all about the sliders at The Botanist, and these ones are pretty damn fine if we do say so ourselves. There’s also pizza, tacos, and share plates for you to tuck into, but you know the truth. It IS all about the sliders.
Address: 17 Willoughby St, Kirribilli
So you already decided that you’d spend the morning with Mum over breakfast at Manly Wine. No reason not to continue your date by rolling into lunch here too with their Mother’s Day set menu of fresh seafoods and vegetable tarts. Tempted? You should be.
Address: 8-13 South Steyne, Manly
On the beach end of Moore Rd is the address of this Italian institution. Type that into your GPS and head for the most luxurious waterfront restaurant you can find and you’ll be at the hatted Pilu at Freshwater. It’s a beautiful place for a beautiful lady.
Address: The beach end of Moore Rd, Freshwater
The flavours of the great American South take the spotlight today at Papi Chulo with its array of smoked, barbecued, or grilled meats. Pair it with a glass of red ‒ or champagne, if that’s your game. We don’t judge.
Address: 22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly
Rise above the rest by swimming to Sealevel for a fine dining experience on this very fine day.
The cuisine up stream is notably Modern Australian with Italian and French influences. Which means pairing your meal with a high quality, imported wine, is not an option - it's a must.
2 The Kingsway, Cronulla
Standing for "Harry and Mario" cafe, HAM is a family-fun face with a view to die for.
That's beach, beach and more beach, if you didn't already know. On a warm May morning, it's exactly the type of view your mum will want to be graced with for an early lunch.
The fodder here is healthy and wholesome, with more than a touch of Greek influence mixed into the menu. It's the kind of place you settle into with a coffee in hand and good company.
Sounds about right, right?
Shop 3/17 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
Vegetarian mamas can head to Pilgrims for top quality meat-free dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything inbetween.
Early birds can tuck into breakfast pancakes and sourdough creations while lunching mummies can satisfy their burger, pie, wrap or toastie cravings in the afternoon.
Need dinner? Pilgrims has you covered with its wide range of Mexican offerings, which include burritos, nachos and quesadillas.
97 Gerrale Street, Cronulla
A tour of South Sydney cuisine wouldn't be complete without a traditional Greek tavern on the list. Meet PAREA. The word itself is Greek for a group of friends who gather together often to discuss and share thoughts and ideas.
Take mum to the discussion here. Catch up about life, ask for advice, discuss the future. Anything goes. Including mezedes, souvlakis and mixed platters.
46-48 Rocky Point Road, Kogarah
Does mum consider herself to be one of the special "foodies" in your life?
You won't want to disappoint her - especially today. Our advice? Don't. Take her to a place that KNOWS foodies and how to feed them right AKA here.
Foodies del Cafe caters to those who live to eat, serving gourmet breakfast (twice baked honey and pistachio granola anyone?) all day long.
Little ones can also attune their tastebuds early in life with their "little foodies" options, which include buttermilk pancakes and classic beef burgers. What can we say? You've got to start training their tastebuds early.
Shop 4/29 Clareville Ave, San Souci
Every mother loves Jamie Oliver. That's not a speculation, it's a fact.
Well, pretty much. If your mum feels the same way then a trip to Jamie's Trattoria in Parramatta's growing food district is in order.
So are his pasta dishes. We hear his polenta chips are to die for, too. And we hear his pizza is pretty spot on as well.
Heck, it's all good. Just remember to book. We think this one's going to be a hot favourite amongst the Mother's Day crowd.
Centenary Square, Church Street, Parramatta
It might be a club, but the restaurants inside Fairfield RSL are exceptional.
Both hailed many times over by some of the food industry's biggest players, you're likely to find yourself torn between whisking her away to France in Montagne or taking her on a Roman holiday in LaTratt here. Rest assured, whichever you decide on, you won't regret it.
Inside, it's all luxury, quality and 5-star service. In other words: exactly what mum deserves.
Both restaurants are closed on Sunday, but this shouldn't stop you from having an early Saturday evening Mother's Day celebration. She'll understand once her plate hits the table and the exquisite smell of her meal hits her nostrils. Promise.
14 Anzac Avenue, Fairfield
Anyone who grew up in the West will be familiar with this stalwart. It's laid claim as serving the best charcoal chicken in the West (if not in Sydney) and with three outfits under its belt and a cult following, we'd be inclined to agree.
Sure, it's no fancy schmancy restaurant, but it's pretty darn delicious so if you're making it a casual affair with mum this year, El Jannah hits the spot.
701 Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl
Before Parramatta began its growth to become its own city, Temasek was filling bellies with its Malaysian marvels.
From laksas and assams, your mouth will be watering before you even walk through the doors. Our recommendation? The Hainanese chicken. While this outfit might be Malaysian by name, they do a pretty mean Hainanese. Try it if you don't believe us.
71 George Street, Parramatta
Three words: deep. fried. ice-cream. It's crispy on the outside, cold on the inside and should NOT, we repeat, should NOT be shared.
OK, if you must... but we warned you!
Desserts aside, Holy Basil prides itself in its flavoursome dishes, each destined to tickle all four tastebuds (sweet, sour, salty and sweet) in an authentic experience of Thai and Laos cuisine. Delish!
233A Canley Vale Road, Canley Heights
Lunch deals for if you can't take her out on Mother's Day
Full Day Sightseeing Tour with Captain Cook Luncheon Cruise from finder.com.au
- Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point, Manly Beach, Sydney Opera House and more
- Captain Cook's lunch cruise
- Full day tour
Oz Whale Watching Sydney Saturday / Sunday BBQ Lunch Cruise from finder.com.au
Sydney Princess CruisesHighlights:
- 4-hour whale-watching cruise through Sydney Harbour
- Buffet BBQ lunch included with vegetarian options available upon request
- On-board commentary about the area and whales, including their migration period and fun facts