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Where to take mum for Mother’s Day in Brisbane
With Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12 2019 fast approaching (surely you’ve seen the Hallmark stands), we’ve rounded up the top spots in Brisbane 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, mum is always right, and always has your best interest in mind. It doesn’t matter if you’re a terrible toddler, awkward adolescent or struggling semi-adult, we all have a lot to thank our mum (or mum figure!) for.
We’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best Mother’s Day events to celebrate everyone’s main lady – have another vino, ma.
Sofitel Brisbane Central | CBD
She’s great at dancing around the subject when we ask “what about this outfit?”, and she’ll love the dancing, care of Queensland Ballet, at Sofitel Brisbane Central’s Mother’s Day High Tea Party!
Over both morning and afternoon tea sessions, Sofitel’s Ballroom Le Grand will be transformed into a Versaille-style paradise stocked with tea-time classics, desserts and savouries, as well as a glass of French sparkling wine (go on, mum, have another). Ballet fans (and Dance Moms) will love the option to upgrade to seating with premium views of the ballet, plus a sneaky Moet & Chandon rosé piccolo, for an additional $24. Bookings can be made here.
Libertine Bar & Restaurant | Petrie Terrace
Prove that you love your mum six times more than anyone else by letting her indulge in a Mother’s Day banquet. Libertine Bar & Restaurant has been cooking up something extra special for the original superhero, mum, in the form of a six-course banquet featuring French-Vietnamese fare!
Everyone attending to celebrate the leading lady in your lives will work through a menu that promises perfectly cooked Angus beef cheek dumplings, Victorian half shell scallop baked with mushroom pate, Moreton Bay bug curry, truffle chicken stir fry, chilli aubergine, and last (but not least), the mother of all dessert platters. To book call 07 3367 3353.
Patina | Brisbane City
Pay mum back for all those packed lunches growing up with a luncheon packed with delicate buttermilk quail, delicious pan-fried gnocchi, and delectable crème brulee in Patina at Customs House.
This delightful $92 three-course banquet ain’t your only option either, folks! Teetotallers will adore their venue’s $75 high tea, while the early bird mammas can’t go past the restaurant’s divine $52 three-course brunch. Book today or find out more here.
Victoria Park | Herston
While Victoria Park’s Champagne brunch and breakfast buffet are all sold out, Victoria Park Bistro will be open all day, with a complimentary glass of sparkling on offer for mum at lunch and dinner (and a massive playground to ensure ten minutes of sipping in silence)!
Salon de Co at Ovolo Inchcolm | Spring Hill
Your mum has experienced a lot of lunches in her time, but none quite like this. Ovolo Inchcolm’s signature restaurant, Salon de Co, is creating a unique Mother’s Day lunch with enough extra perks to keep her smiling right through to next year. A five course menu with the option to add on matched beverages (play the perfect child card and make sure you do) will be a stunning start to her day, with everything from black garlic waffle and fromage frais to Murray Gold cod with local organic tomato dashi, cuttlefish and wasabi treating her palate and giving her what she really wants for Mother’s Day – a day off from cooking.
Two’s a Mother’s Day party done right, as each mum will also receive a cocktail crafted to her liking and named after the great woman herself, as well as a personalised take-home gift.
One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point
There are plenty of mums in the sea, and they all deserve to be treated to the best on Mother’s Day – which is why you need to set sail for One Fish Two Fish. From 11am on Mother’s Day, spoiling mum will be as easy as one, two, fish with a fabulous a la carte menu plus the option of two stunning seafood specials available on the day.
If mum wants something a little more high-key, introduce her to a two-course lunch with unlimited French rosé or Balter XPA for $69pp. The lunch begins with a fun seacuterie platter of sea-based takes on the classic charcuterie platter (hello kingfish sashimi), followed by the main of your choice – which could be anything from a classic battered cod with fries to Thai green curry with green vegetables, Asian herbs, prawn dumplings and steamed jasmine rice. Did we mention the unlimited rosé??
Available seating times include 12pm, 2:30pm and 5pm, so book online here or call (07) 3391 7680.
Ristorante La Famiglia | Woolloongabba
While we’re never one to trash mum’s spaghetti (shame, Eminem, shame), the gorgeous a la carte dining at Ristorante la Famiglia simply can’t be beat.
Head in for lunch or dinner service this Mother’s Day and not only will mum score a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival, but the inspiration she’ll get from heaping servings of Italian sausage ragu will make for even better spag bowls next family dinner. Treat mum with a dessert board (to share, obvs) to finish, and you’re set for a sweet celebration of your #1 lady! Bookings can be made here.
Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Mother’s Day is Mumm’s Day at the Osbourne Hotel, with every mum getting a glass of G.H. Mumm Rosé on arrival, followed by a three-course lunch that makes the breakfast you made look pretty weak. Mum gets her choice of entrée and main, before finishing with macarons all the way from Sydney. Then, kick back and enjoy cocktails, Champagne and live entertainment all afternoon, because what better way to bond with mum than a classic Sunday sesh?
Otherwise, mum can indulge her sweet tooth with Osbourne’s high tea special featuring a tier of tantalising treats and a jug of Pimm’s. Head here for all the deets and to book your table.
Cloudland | Fortitude Valley
Take mum sky-high at Cloudland with a three-course Italian-style shared lunch and a glass of GH Mumm Cordon Rouge and Mumm macaron on arrival! Cloudland’s Mother’s Day lunch will run across two sessions (11-1:30 and 2-4:30), so there’s plenty of time for mum (and you) to squeeze in a nap before or after lunch.
Share snacks to start like wood-fired bread with sun-dried tomato dip, ricotta, and chicken liver parfait before moving into an entree of school prawns and arancini, and mains of chicken and cuttlefish with salads, plus ice cream to finish! Tickets are $49 and available here.
Shower mum with love (and Champagne… and a complimentary spa voucher) – it’s all she needs. The Westin’s perfect Mother’s Day package promises each lucky lady a luxe Champagne Long Lunch in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Eden’s Table. Depending on her taste, three different Champagne packages await – starting at $90 with Vigna Sancol Prosecco, $130 with Laurent Perrier La Cuvée, and $190 with Laurent Perrier Rosé.
Each accompanying long lunch will see jaw-dropping creations from paddock and ocean to plate, with an extra tasty treat just for mum. Each booking will receive a $50 Heavenly Spa by Westin voucher as a special gift, and lord knows how much that woman deserves to be pampered.
Two sessions are available for both early-risers and the ‘please let me sleep in for once’ mums, with 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm ready for the taking. Book online here, or call 07 3557 8888 to secure your spot.
Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD
She’s been keeping you well fed for your whole life – the least you can do is treat mum to Mother’s Day afternoon tea by the river! Head to Eagle Street’s Riverbar & Kitchen where mum can chill in the afternoon sun while enjoying amazing views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.
Along with a refreshing glass of Chandon S, feast on fried chicken sliders, smoked salmon with dill yoghurt on rye, leek and goats cheese tarts, scones with jam and whipped cream, citrus melting moments, and chocolate brownies. A meal this massive almost makes up for years of doing your washing and helping with “rent” money. Call 3211 9020 so save your spot.
Regatta Hotel | Toowong
It’s all mum, all day at the Regatta Hotel on Sunday, May 12! From a la carte breakfast at The Boatshed Restaurant with maple waffle stacks and smashed avo on sprouted wheat sourdough to a breakfast buffet in the upstairs dining room, the breaky options at the Regatta are sure to beat your soggy attempt at scrambled eggs in bed.
If mum’s not a morning person, the buffet luncheon in the upstairs dining room is sure to hit the spot with hotties like slow-roasted pork, baked salmon, and potato gratin and cold faves like mussels, charcuterie platters and salads to keep mum feeling as fabulous as the Regatta’s iconic river views. With children’s dining options available across each event, Mother’s Day is in the bag (mum’s massive bag) at the Regatta. Book a la carte breaky at The Boatshed by calling 3871 9595, and the buffet dining options here.
Four Points by Sheraton | CBD
Take Mother’s Day in Brisbane to the next level with an exquisite high tea AND open grazing station at Four Points by Sheraton! They’re serving two iconic foodie treats for your magnificent mum to indulge in, with the likes of smoked salmon blinis with dill, cream cheese and baby capers and opera cake with layers of almond sponge, coffee-scented buttercream and dark chocolate ganache spread across the sumptuous high tea.
Each mum will meet a glass of Mumm Rosé Champagne on arrival, followed by a glass of house wine (or a non-alcoholic beverage), and coffee and tea. To send her heart soaring, let mum know that $2 from every booking will be donated to Ronald McDonald House, helping out a lot of mums with kids in need! Book here, or call 07 3164 4000.
Vintaged Bar & Grill | CBD
The more sophisticated mum deserves better than a weak home-brewed cup of Lipton, so treat her to a fine afternoon of high tea with Vintaged Bar & Grill. Pass through the looking glass and enter the exquisite Hilton Brisbane where mum will enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival before helping herself to three tiers of treats including a selection of gourmet finger sandwiches, buttermilk scones with jam and cream, cakes and confections.
Of course, high tea is all about the tea, and your hosts have amassed a fine selection of classic brews including English breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, green tea, chamomile, peppermint and lemon & ginger. Don’t be late.
Keep checking in here, as we’ll be sure to add more of Brisbane’s best Mother’s Day events to the list as their details are released!
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