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10 Of The Best Gold Coast Restaurants Where You Can Spoil Mum This Mother’s Day

By Isabel Croker
22nd Apr 2021

Do you want to finally become the favourite child? It’s time you ditched the same chocolate and flowers Mother’s Day gift that you’ve been giving mum for the past five years. No, even the standard breakfast in bed and shoddy card isn’t going to secure you the favourite child status. It’s time to step it up a notch.

In case you’ve forgotten what day it is today, let alone what’s ahead, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Sunday May 9 to be exact. It’s not too late guys. Mother’s Day is still T-minus like two weeks. You’re cool.

There’s nothing mums love as much as putting their feet up, spending special time with loved ones and indulging in some sumptuous wining and dining. This Mother’s Day, treat your mum like the queen she is and spoil her with an indulgent lunch at one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants hosting special Mother’s Day events.

Yamagen

SURFERS PARADISE

We have an ongoing love affair with Yamagen and when you visit this swanky Japanese restaurant nestled in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll know why. This refined izakaya dining spot is opening its doors for Mother’s Day with an exclusive seven-course omakase menu, including a glass of champagne and a surprise gift for Mum. Think—salmon, wasabi salsa and tuna taco, crispy pork belly with nashi pear and wasabi and thinly sliced snapper with truffled tosazu and kombu. Yeah, it’s basically artwork on a plate. Speaking of artwork on a plate, we’ll just leave you with a mind-blowing description of the exclusive Mother’s Day dessert: a vertical garden made out of black sesame crunch, sakura parfait, chiffon sponge, lokum and pistachio crumb. Stop. It.

Where: Yamagen, QT Hotel, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults for $90, children $40

For more information, click here

Nineteen At The Star

BROADBEACH

Just when you thought Nineteen At The Star couldn’t get any fancier, they go and outdo themselves with an out-of-this-world Mother’s Day lunch. Picture this—sipping flowing champagne while overlooking The Darling’s luxe infinity pool and admiring the wrap-around views of the shimmering Gold Coast. Yeah, that sounds like a Mother’s Day dream come true. Lounge in the lavish restaurant while feasting on the exquisite five-course set menu, featuring delicacies like prawn and oscietra caviar, pumpkin risotto with brown butter sage and white chocolate mandarin mousse. If that wasn’t luxurious enough already, mums will receive a complimentary box of chocolates, so the divine experience doesn’t end once you’ve cleaned your plate.

Where: Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Cost: $150 for adults, children $49

For more information, click here.

Citrique 

SURFERS PARADISE

Any Gold Coaster who’s in the know will tell you that Citrique is one of the best seafood restaurants around. Pair their elegant decor and refined atmosphere with a mouth-watering Mother’s Day menu and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an opulent Mother’s Day long lunch. Citrique’s sea to table experience showcases ocean treasures like Mooloolaba trigger prawns, Moreton bay bugs and Hervey Bay scallops. Land lovers can dig into succulent roasts, Asian fusion dishes and wood-fired pizza, all topped off with a fantasy array of artful pastry desserts. If you’re extra fancy, add on the beverage package and your Mother’s Day plans = sorted.

Where: Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults for $99, add on beverage package $129, children $49

For more information, click here.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

CANUNGRA

There are few things we love more than digging into a delicious picnic spread—it’s one of those simple pleasures of life that never gets old (like mums, of course). Surprise mum this Mother’s Day with a delightful picnic hamper set against the stunning backdrop of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Grab your picnic basket and set up anywhere on the picturesque vineyard as you indulge in a charcuterie and cheese board, assorted salads, marinated vegetables and dips. Bonus: the generous Mother’s Day Picnic Basket includes a bottle of O’Reilly’s artisan sparkling wine and a little gift for Mum to take home. Spots are selling out fast so book your vineyard escape, stat.

Where: O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, 852 Lamington National Park Road, Canungra

Cost: Hamper basket for two $120; additional adult for $45

For more information, click here.

Cucino Vivo

BROADBEACH

Although you might not be able to take mum on her dream Italian holiday this year, you can transport her to the land of pizza and vino with Cucino Vivo’s Mother’s Day shared set menu. Experience a feast of authentic Italian flavours, ingredients and cooking styles, producing delicious Italian classics designed for sharing, The set menu, which can be paired with a three-hour beverage package, and features delights like risotto a funghi, antipasta, Stanbroke scotch fillet tagliata and Sapori D’Italia, already has us drooling. 

Where: Cucino Vivo at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Cost: 3-course set menu $66, 3-course set menu & 3-hour beverage package $117, children $20

For more information, click here.

Little Truffle

MERMAID BEACH

If you’re after something truly exceptional this Mother’s Day, Little Truffle never fails to impress (and will score you major brownie points). Understatedly elegant, this fine dining restaurant offers intimate private dining rooms, adorned with all the velvet, crystal and mahogany to create the ultimate luxurious experience. Indulge in a variety of French culinary delights, including pan-seared quail breast with porcini mushroom risotto, Moreton bay bug and prawn tortellini and white chocolate and vanilla panna cotta. Mother’s Day doesn’t get much more refined than this.

Where: Little Truffle, 2444 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Cost: $79pp for four courses

For more information, click here.

Ladybird Restaurant and Bar

MAIN BEACH

If you’re looking to spice things up this Mother’s Day and impress Mum with something that’s extra special, Ladybird Restaurant and Bar is your answer. Located on the picturesque waterfront at Palazzo Versace, this new restaurant is inspired by a plethora of vibrant flavours from the Mediterranean all the way to South-East Asia. The Mother’s Day menu is rich in both traditional and innovative flavours and the dishes are visual delights to match. You’ll struggle to choose from the three-course menu, with tantalizing delights like charred carpaccio, slow-cooked wagyu brisket, miso glaze sous vide Atlantic fillet and lemongrass panna cotta stealing the show. Chuck in free-flowing Louis Bouilott French Champagne and this is where you’ll find us this Mother’s Day. 

Where: Ladybird Restaurant and Bar, Waterfront Palazzo Versace, 94 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

Cost: $149 for adults, children $89

For more information, click here.

Hyde Paradiso

SURFERS PARADISE

Seaside sipping is one of life’s sweetest gifts, especially when the swanky Hyde Paradiso is spoiling you with a gorgeous beachside brunch this Mother’s Day. Gaze over the stunning ocean vista while sipping on bubbly and digging into Mediterranean canapes. This is certainly no ordinary Mother’s Day brunch—you’re guaranteed beachfront views, sumptuous dishes and giggle your way through a selection of Chandon sparkling, rose, Aperol and bellini spritzes. Bonus: there’s even a fully vegan version, so plant based mums can indulge too. We reckon it’s time you surprise mum with a swept-up day in beachside paradise.

Where: Hyde Paradiso, Soul Peppers, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Cost: Adults for $99

For more information, click here.

Sofia’s Restaurant

BROADBEACH

Pay homage to coastal Europe and let mum be transported to slow, serene summers on the French Riviera at Broadbeach’s newest jewel, Sofia’s Restaurant and Bar. The simplistic menu showcases European flavours and lets the quality produce shine in their stripped-back, share-style plates. Mum will be spoiled with a glass of bubbles on arrival, before tucking into generous share dishes like the exquisite kingfish crudo, sumptuous housemade prawn linguine with king prawns and a vibrant heirloom tomato salad with basil and balsamic truffle glaze. If you’re on the hunt for one of the finest spots for a Mother’s Day lunch, stop the search.

Where: Sofia’s Restaurant and Bar, Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach

Cost: Menu prices vary

For more information, click here.

Videre Restaurant

BENOWA

It’s impossible for mums to not love high tea, so you know you’ve scored a good one with this stunning high tea at RACV Royal Pines Resort’s Videre Restaurant. Raise your pinkies and soak up the jaw-dropping panoramic views from the 21st floor, while dining on fresh scones, French pastries, gourmet sandwiches. Wash it down with a few glasses of sparkling while listening to the soulful live music. High tea with live music, bubbles and a view? That's ticking all the boxes.

Where: Videre Restaurant, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa

Cost: $59 for adults, $39 for children

For more information, click here.

Looking to take mum somewhere a little more off the beaten track? Hop in the car, strap in for a family road trip and head down south to check out the Tweed Coast’s best new restaurants.

Image credit: Hayley Williamson

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