Mums are great, aren't they? They’re always willing to self-sacrifice to make sure you’ve got what you need, an extra serving of dinner, sage advice in crisis, and a warm welcome every time you visit or return home (depending on your living sitch). To give it up for the Mum’s this Mother’s Day we’ve curated this list of Melbourne’s finest who are throwing their own Festa Di Mum for lunch and dinner over the sacred day.
The pink-washed oasis for lobster rolls and all things seafood is dishing up a Mother's Day pearler with an eight-course degustation. Crafted by Head Chef, Jack Tsai the menu includes standouts like the king crab tacos and their name-sake dish the Pinchy’s lobster roll. If fish isn’t Mum’s favourite there’s a full-vegan banquet on offer as well. This bounty of the sea or plant-based party will run you $85 per head with your choice of a lunch or dinner sitting.
The Kew based Osteria that specialises in the Sicilian persuasion of Italian cuisine has knocked up a menu just for Mum. With a lunch and dinner sitting this four-course journey moves through sharing plates of antipasti, house-made pasta, slow-cooked beef, and native dessert favourites cannoli, tiramisu, and cassata. If Mum prefers staying indoors they’ve also got the ‘Fiesta Della Mumma’, a four-course exploration of Italia delivered right to your door.
The brightly painted and spice filled Horn Please is celebrating Mum with an Indian feast.
All mothers will be handed a complimentary glass of bubbles on entry and then sit down to a flurry of different dishes. Colonel-Tso’s cauliflower, Tandoori Chicken will be landing at the table as well as a variety of curries, naan and rice, with house-made Indian ice cream to cap things off.
Gertrude Street's Poodle has been an instant Melbourne classic. The Fitzroy local has been going from strength to strength since opening in 2020 and now they're ready to impress Mum's across the city with their Mother's Day menu. Coming in at $85 per person you'll be sitting down to plates like spanner crab vol-au-vents, taramasalata, and salmon caviar, surf and turf it with a rib-eye steak with prawn butter and crispy school prawns, and balance things out with roasted & spiced Pumpkin, macadamia cream, and sage.
King & Godfree / Agostino
With Mum-centric menus on offer at Both King & Godfree and at Agostino, Carlton must be the place. The iconic deli that ages back to Melbourne’s italian mass immigration is bringing a casual three-course set menu of favourites including antipasti, arancini, mortadella stuffed focaccia, and chicken straight from the rosticceria. Next door at Agostino things ramp up a bit with veal and pork ravioli—eggplant parmigiana meatballs, and snapper with salmoriglio marinade. Whoever books this one is guaranteed top billing with a Koko Black Chocolate box included for every mum to take home. Bravo indeed.
How Much: King & Godfree ($55 Per Person) and Agostino ($85 Per Person)
When: 12pm until 10pm, Sunday 9 May
Where: King & Godfree 293/297 Lygon Street, Carlton, Agostino 297 Lygon Street, Carlton
For more information and bookings, click King & Godfrey or Agostino here.
Providoor with Julia ‘Ostro’ Busuttil Nishimura
Prefer the gift of learning? Providoor are also offering a special masterclass cooking session with Julia Ostro and Shane Delia, the two will walk you through some of their most iconic recipes including Julia’s sweet ricotta tart. The session costs $130 but that’ll get you all the recipe ingredients, a wooden gnocchi board, and a fluted tart tin for Mum to treasure.
How Much: $130
When: Sunday 23 May
Where: Mum’s Place
For more information, click here.
Nothing lets Mum know she's special more than skipping the line at Chin Chin.
This year's brunch banquet is a real flavour journey, transforming breakfast staples with that signature South-East Asian flare that we've come to expect from the Chin Chin kitchen. Ditch the smashed avo for smoked trout and curried egg tartlet, bacon—egg noodles with wood ear mushroom and spring onion. If you’re feeling generous then you can shell out for a bottle of Piper Heidsieck to really embrace the champagne
breakfast brunch, nothing but the best bubbles for Mum.
The finest purveyors of sushi and sake, Kisumé is an experience like no other. This regal exploration at $128 will allow diners and Mum to taste their way through authentic Japanese flavours and ingredients. If that wasn’t enough to pull the wallet out, Kisumé are also offering specially grilled crayfish with seaweed butter, sea banana, yarra valley salmon caviar and baby cucumber to take the entire experience to an eleven.
Step into Indu through the tight doorway sandwiched on Collins Street for Mothers Day to be greeted with a Sri-Lankan inspired lunch just for Mum. The Sri Lankan menu is aromatically balanced and designed for sharing with smoked goat’s leg dosa—chilli and bacon jam pork belly curry and a complimentary glass of bubbly or cocktail for Mum on arrival.
Head to the St Kilda foreshore with Mum and sit through a dining experience that has been carefully crafted over the years. Stokehouse has long been a Melbourne favourite for special occasions and this Mother’s Day is no different with a decadent three-course lunch featuring seafood platter entreé and glass of Bollinger Rose to kick things off.
The Vietnamese venue from the Hanoi Hannah team is putting on a dedicated menu just for Mother’s Day lunch. With either house spritz or tap beer on arrival each lucky guest will sit through dish after dish of what is described as quintessentially ‘Melbourne Vietnamese’. Diving into Hiramasa Kingfish and ending on a classically fused Vietnamese Creme Caramel, Mum will even get to take home a complementary Digby Tribe Dewy Skin Food to keep her looking, and feeling fine.
One of the spots that easily takes the mantle of ‘Institution’, Longrain are bringing their stellar record of fine dining for a banquet lunch for Mum. Sparkling will be handed out upon arrival and a three course tour through Thai/South East Asian cuisine will float across the table. With caramelised pork hock—tiger prawn skewers and sticky tamarind coffee pudding with ginger flower ice cream to rinse away the spice.
That’s a bingo. Head to Tokyo Tina this Mother’s day for a more than just a regular outing.
This Sunday session includes bottomless beers, bubbles, and Aperol spritz to keep the vibes high as you dot your way through Bingo hosted by drag-superstar Valerie Vex. There’ll also be plenty of Tokyo Tina’s menu classics like kingfish sashimi—miso baked cauliflower to keep you level headed.
Get Mum in on the cutting edge of Melbourne’s dining scene with the recently launched Luci. Housed in the grand hall of the former Equity Chambers building this high end space lends itself to the treatment Mum’s deserve. The Menu fuses modern Australian with traditional Italian and puts a focus on high quality and elegant simplicity to its dishes, like Portland blue eye cod lemon & caper butter that keeps the palate dancing.
There’s nothing more family orientated then stepping into Stalactites, the Greek institution in the CBD are putting on a tavern-esque bonanza for Mum’s with a continuous flurry of authentic regional dishes. With complimentary prosecco in hand, kick things off with warm pita and dips, lashings of grilled saganaki, and then dive into main dishes like the oven-baked lamb with oregano and baked lemon potatoes. Enter food coma territory with a final serving of baklava or greek rice pudding. Opa Mum.
The ‘forever independent’ South East Asian food and beer hall will be running an exclusive Mum-centric banquet that consists of a line-up of crowd favourites and Hawker Hall specialties. Expect to see the braised-beef short ribs with lemongrass, daikon and chilli as well as the famous mushroom dumplings, and butter chicken curry coming to the party.
The dynamic fusing of colonial French and Vietnamese cooking at Firebird is guaranteed to exceed Mum's expectations. Their set menu for Mother’s day is a culinary collab’ of the two cuisines with a banquet titled ‘Plateau de fruits de mer’ (fruits of the sea). Diners can choose between French bubbles or a martini on entry before getting stuck into a complete ocean based feast with poached prawn, grilled bugs, and bottomless french fries with truffle salt.
This new euro-leaning bistro is bringing their recently launched restaurant into the running race for the top choice for a Mothers Day destination. With a rich and classic approach to the dishes, Mum and diners will experience an indulgent series of menu items such as bavette steak, confit salmon, and winter gnocchi Parisienne. Topping off the meal will be a quince tarte tatin to round things out, Mum’s will also part with a surprise gift, can’t top that.
A mexican fiesta just per Mama, Mejico are pulling out all the stops for their Mother’s Day lunch. Starting off light with authentic dishes like the kingfish ceviche with coconut dressing, pulled pork tacos with pickled jalapeño, and then heading into more substantial territory with chilli-spiced roasted chicken with molé negro. After all that and a couple of Mezcal’s this one is bound to be cause for a siesta, so make sure Mum’s not the designated driver.
Still not sure what to get Mum? Consult our gift guide
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