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Where to take mum for Mother’s Day in Brisbane
We love our mums, there’s no denying that, and with May 14 fast approaching (surely you’ve seen the Hallmark stands), we’ve rounded up the top spots to spoil the number one lady in your life. Whether she’s telling you that yes, you do need a jacket, or no, your ex definitely has not changed, your mum is always right, and always has your best interest in mind. It doesn’t matter if you’re a terrible toddler, an awkward adolescent or a struggling pseudo-adult, your mum will continue to worry about you and wonder whether or not you’re eating enough vegetables. Motherhood is a tough gig, so it’s only fair that at least once a year she receives some much needed pampering. We’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best Mother’s Day ideas that will make your mum (partially) forgive you for putting her through childbirth.
Forget the scented candles and pjs this year, and give mum something she’d really love (I know she says she loves the candles, but after three consecutive years, she’s gotta be lying). Darling & Co are dishing up delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and most importantly, cocktails all day long to celebrate our marvellous mammas. This keeps your options pretty wide open, but if you ask us, we’d make sure to be there between 2pm and 5pm, when a cocktail purchase will get mum a free manicure at the bar! The only problem is that you’ll send her expectations skyrocketing; slippers probably won’t cut it after this year.
WATT Restaurant + Bar | Mother’s Day Shared Feast Get ready for the mother of all feasts guys, because WATT is turning it on for mum this year. For only $65 per person ($14 for kids) you and your ma will be treated to a lavish 3-course menu as you gaze over the Brisbane River. With options like 12-hour slow cooked lamb shoulder with rosemary, garlic and couscous, or whole chargrilled chicken with fennel, preserved lemon and salsa verde, you’ll be full and satisfied enough that you probably won’t have to take mum out for dinner until next Mother’s Day. Don’t miss out on favourite chid status – book here. Cloudland | Fortitude Valley Everyone’s favourite cheeky cocktail spot is plating up the mother of all lunches this May 14. To spotlight their new Italian menu (now that’s amore), Cloudland is treating mums to a three-course meal with a glass of Mumm. Join the lady of the hour over plates of charcuterie, succulent lamb rump, and vanilla panna cotta. Trust us, this gift will have Mum on Cloud(land) Nine.
Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD
What could be better than enjoying Mother’s Day alongside the Brisbane River with cocktail jugs, sunshine and delicious food? Nothing… unless you add free chocolate and flowers, of course. Swing by Riverbar this Mother’s Day for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three) and not only will the whole family enjoy a sensational Sunday, mum will receive some complimentary flowers and chocolate! If you forget to get her a present (shame on you) this is perfect – you can just pretend that you planned the flowers and chocolate in advance and look like the most thoughtful child in the world. Thank you, Riverbar.
The Spaghetti House Trattoria | West End
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant delicious enough to make you exclaim ‘mamma mia!’ (because you know, Mother’s Day), then treat your madre to a delightful Italian meal at The Spaghetti House. Open from 11:30am, this Italian joint will be dishing out mouth-watering dishes like prawn, garlic, wine and tomato fettuccine and pan fried veal, sage and prosciutto with wine and potato gnocchi, and of course, lots of wine. Then after the meal is finished, tell your mum that she has stolen a pizza your heart. And then watch her roll her eyes harder than any person has ever rolled their eyes.
Your mum (and everyone’s mum) deserves nothing but the very best. Treat her to a truly stylish Mother’s Day this year at Thomson’s Reserve. Recently named among the top 500 restaurants in Australia, the menu at Thomson’s Reserve is nothing short of extraordinary. Executive Chef Anthony Hales is preparing a decedent 3-course meal especially for Mother’s Day that is sure to be as elegant and beautiful as it is delicious! At only $78 a ticket this is sure to be a Mother’s Day mum will never forget, and might even stop her asking when you plan to have children.
After years of cleaning up copious amounts of toys, food and unmentionables; mum deserves a bit of sophistication. Blackbird is hosting a Mother’s Day High Tea, giving mum the chance to enjoy a mimosa and tea or coffee on arrival, then sit back and indulge in ribbon sandwiches, quiches, scones, macaroons, lemon meringue pie and basically any goody you can imagine. Tickets are $59 for adults and $25 for children; so get in fast, although there are two seatings (one for morning tea and one for afternoon tea) tickets aren’t expected to last long. There are a lot of kids out there trying to rack up brownie points.
Lock ‘n’ Load | West End
Sure, facials are nice and all but if she’s anything like ours, it’s likely that there are few things mum would appreciate more on Mother’s Day than a mimosa or two in hand. Head down to Lock ‘n’ Load for a selection of delicious brunch and lunch specials and mum will receive a free mimosa on arrival! Come on, she’s earned it.
Vanilla Pod | Albion Got a mum with a serious sweet tooth and a love of gardening, but unfortunately you can neither bake nor keep a plant alive? Vanilla Pod will help you combine her two loves into one gorgeous treat with their Flower Pot Cake. Decadent chocolate mud cake sits inside a terracotta pot, sprinkled with chocolate soil and edible blooms, meaning mum has dessert and a handy addition to her garden. Vanilla Pod will even make them gluten free! Get in touch with Vanilla Pod to place an order.
Pig ‘n’ Whistle | Indooroopilly & Redbank Plains
Don’t know what to get mum this year? We’ve got you covered. Pig ‘N’ Whistle Indooroopilly are selling High Tea vouchers for $42.50 (the vouchers are even presented in cute little British boxes and come with a macaroon, aw) and the menu is delightfully decadent. Think fresh scones with raspberry jam, smoked salmon ribbon sandwiches and an assortment of sweets that will have your mum saying ‘oh, I really shouldn’t… Okay, one more.’ Walk-ins for an a la carte lunch and dinner are also welcome, so if your dad doesn’t feel like daintily nibbling on finger sandwiches, there’s a steak with his name on it. Meanwhile, the Redbank Pig ‘N’ Whistle is hosting a champagne brunch from 10am until midday. For $30 per person, mum will receive a glass of champagne on arrival and a selection of treats before sitting down to delicious menu with options such as prosciutto, semidried tomato, rocket and baked mushroom bruschetta, or a breakfast tart with bacon, eggs, rocket and tomato.
You’ve been warned – breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day is a nice idea in theory, but more often than not, it amounts to nothing more than burnt toast crumbs and butter in the sheets. Save yourself the trouble (and mum the washing) and treat her to a delightful breakfast at the Regatta Hotel’s Boatshed restaurant! Whether mums in the mood for buttermilk pancakes with poached rhubarb, roasted pistachios & chia yoghurt or the Mediterranean breakfast with soft poached eggs, roasted mushrooms, dried tomatoes, goats feta, olive bread and pesto, this menu is sure to make up for the thousands of hours you spent making her watch The Wiggles.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a giant wheel of cheese. This Mother’s Day head to Il Verde for lunch or dinner and revel in the culinary spectacle that is their famous cheese wheel pasta! For only $45pp, you and the fam can each enjoy an entrée, a choice of pasta or gnocchi stirred up in their famous wheel of cheese, a glass of wine AND dessert. For what could pasta-bily the greatest Mother’s Day ever, make a booking at Il Verde ASAP, seats are expected to sell out quicker than you can say ‘can I have seconds?’.
Room With Roses | Brisbane Arcade Pamper your mum to her hearts content with a fabulous Grand High Tea at Room with Roses ($69pp). Tickle her tastebuds with decadent scones, finger sandwiches and treats from their sweet buffet. The best part? A glass of French bubbles or raspberry punch will be handed to her on arrival. Ooooh, fancy. Bonus, almost all of Room with Roses’ sweet treats will be gluten free, including their baked cheesecakes, chocolate fountains, lemon meringue tarts and macaroons. Because no mum should miss out on dessert on Mother’s Day! Book here. So there you have it Brisbane, get spoiling! Your mum had to change a LOT of nappies for you back in the day; the least you can do is treat her to a glass of bubbles or two. Words by Georgia Casey Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!