Mother’s Day has got to be one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants and cafes in Brisbane and it’s usually the case that if you don’t have a booking, you’re screwed!
There’s nothing worse than rocking up to a place on the day with mumsie in tow only to discover they can’t fit you in. So, to avoid any embarrassment (and feelings of hatred from mum), we’ve partnered up with Dimmi to compile a list of awesome places you can take mum for a long lunch this Mother’s Day.
And the best bit, if you make a booking via Dimmi from now until Mother’s Day on May 8 and enter the codeword “Catalina” you’ll go in the draw to win a luxury getaway to Sydney worth $2,000, including flights, lunch for two at Catalina Rosebay and a night at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo—so get booking and make mum’s day!
#1 Gerard’s Bistro
Mum will love you more than your siblings when she finds out a jaunt to Gerard’s is on the cards. Obviously, you need to order the house bread with smoked butter because it will change your life, but the rest it up to you; Gerard’s menu is designed to be shared. Be a good kid and let mum pick the food why don’t you? Just make sure she doesn’t leave off the coal grilled octopus, or the suckling pig, or the oysters… just get it all, really—it’s Mother’s Day!
#2 Asana By Pete Evans
Asana by Pete Evans is entirely paleo, without skimping on deliciousness and all of the flavours. Of course, the allure of Pete Evans himself is probably enough, but mum will be swept off her feet with the fare on offer in this CBD dining mecca. These guys even do a healthy pizza (almond meal base and cashew ‘cheese’, anyone?) so you know mum will be happy! Our pick though has got to be the slow cooked lamb ribs with peri peri, rocket and fig. The sweet potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms, though, is pretty darn amazing too. Let’s be real, you can’t really go wrong with this menu!
#3 Pony Dining
Pony Dining takes Mother’s Day seriously – they’ve even got a special menu all ready to go, just for you. The coal roasted pumpkin tart is the perfect addition to some stunning views across the Story Bridge (great view for a family pic? Check!). Pony is also killing it in the ‘meat over fire’ department with top-notch steaks a-plenty. Who knew?! Bonus points for a kid’s menu too, and extra bonus points for making us want to order off the kids menu.
#4 Regatta Boatshed
The Regatta is such an institution in Brisbane, there’s really no better place to treat mum. River frontage and a gorgeous historic building are the stuff Mother’s Day lunches are made of. The menu is perfect for a family get together too, with share plates of ribs, fried chicken, pork belly and Moreton Bay Bugs there’s something for the whole family, and that’s before you even get to the mains. Their specialty is their dry aged beef, so it’s non-negotiable you sink your teeth into one of their epic steaks.
#5 French Martini
French Martini sits pretty on the Southbank Parklands. With a menu packed full French delightfulness, she’ll almost forgive you for not getting her a trip to Paris… The steak tartare will make your mum think you’re grown up with your mature taste in foods, as well as hitting the spot flavour-wise. Obviously no trip to a French eatery is complete without sampling the confit duck, so that’s a must.
#6 Hatch & Co.
Hatch & Co. is the perfect spot for a family friendly, sun drenched Mother’s Day lunch. Book early and snag yourself a seat in the sunshine as you chow down on some seriously delectable fare. They even do an uber-gourmet version of garlic bread, which makes them an instant winner in our eyes.
#7 Spaghetti House
Is there anything better than your mum’s spaghetti? On Mother’s Day we’re going to keep on the safe side and say no, but Spaghetti House in South Bank does come pretty darn close. Their pasta is just like Nonna does it, but with an added sprinkle of fancy. Their ragu alla Bolognese is one of our faves, and the sand crab cannelloni is just amaze. Pasta and family events kind of go hand in hand, you can’t really deny that!
Gambaro’s has held their place on the on the list of Brisbane’s yummiest offerings since forever ago, so it’s a sure fire bet for a long, lazy lunch with Mum. Their steak has been awarded as the best in Bris, but their seafood is also mouth-wateringly good. Let’s just say that you’re going to want to try the Kingfish Carpaccio, it’s a good ‘un. Their cray fish is also cray-cray good (sorry, we had to), so either way you’re onto a winner.
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