Mother's Day is just around the corner (11th of May, mark it down!), and this is the year to step it up a notch. Forget the last minute servo flowers, box of Cadbury Roses and corner table at the RSL… Spoil your mother with a day of dining, drinking and total adoration at one of Melbourne's finest establishments.
If you're pondering what to do on Mother's Day, here's our list of some of the best restaurants and cafes for Mother's Day in Melbourne. Whether you're after breakfast, lunch or dinner, we've got you and mumsie sorted. Favourite child status guaranteed.
(Looking for the 2015 Edition of of our Mother's Day dining roundup? We've got it right here.)
CAFE VUE AT HEIDE
Vue De Monde's outermost post, Café Vue at Heide, offers a stunningly beautiful backdrop to soak up while you feast on a sumptuous Mother's Day breakfast. Stroll through the grounds, take a wander through the kitchen gardens and spend the rest of your day admiring one of Melbourne's finest contemporary art collections. Bliss!
Those who enjoy a lingering lunch should note that Café Vue at Heide are offering a three-course Mother's Day midday feast. Definitely one of our top picks for things to do this Mother's Day!
Café Vue at Heide | 7 Templestowe Road in Bulleen
Adults $55 | Children $25
For bookings, call 03 9852 2346
Occupying the space where The Press Club once stood, George Calombaris' Gazi serves authentic Greek street food that will make your mitera swoon. Their Mother's Day breakfast features a delicious two-course meal plus a glass of bubbly for the leading lady.
Can't catch your mum 'til later? Gazi are also offering a seven-dish sharing menu created by Calombaris and Head Chefs Luke Croston and Guillaume Montes. A feast not to be missed!
Gazi | 2 Exhibition Street in Melbourne
$45 per person (under 3s free) | For bookings, call 92077444
Okay, we all know mums just can't get enough of George Calombaris (let's be honest, we ALL can't get enough of Georgie Porgie), so it's little wonder Hellenic Republic, both Brunswick and Kew, also made it to the list! They'll be serving a two-course breakfast menu featuring Greek delights, such as the Kapnistos Solomos (ouzo cured smoked salmon with sheep's milk yoghurt, tsoureki croutons and capers…drool!) followed by sweets to share. The menu is priced at $35 (including a glass of sparkling for your mum!).
Those who snooze through the breakfast sitting (Mother's Day equals gloriously long sleep-ins, after all) can still enjoy a bit of George's Greek fare at his Mother's Day four-course lunch.
Hellenic Republic | 434 Lygon Street in Brunswick East
Adults $35 | Children (4–12) $20
For bookings, call 03 9381 1222
Hellenic Republic | 26 Cotham Road in Kew
Adults $35 | Children (4–12) $20
For bookings, call 03 9207 7477
COLLINS KITCHEN AT THE GRAND HYATT
Spoil your mum with a long, lavish buffet brunch at Collins Kitchen at The Grand Hyatt. It's not your average eggs 'n' muesli affair here, with everything from Asian-inspired delicacies to a hearty autumn roast prime for the picking. In addition, each booking will recieve a beautiful Cristina Re designer cup and go into the draw to win a $3,000 Paspaley pearl pendant!
Collins Kitchen | Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street in Melbourne
$162 per person | For bookings, call 03 9657 1234
Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to hightail it outta town and do the rounds of Victoria's finest wineries. Start your boozy tour at the Locavore's Breakfast at Oakridge, where you'll be treated to a glass of limited release 2010 Oakridge Blanc de Blancs bubbles and a brekkie feast with all the trimmings.
Oakridge Winery | 864 Maroondah Highway in Coldstream
$40 per person | For bookings, call 03 9738 9900
Melbourne's favourite tapas joint will be hosting a four-course feast this Mother's Day. The lunch will start with a glass of cava and anchoas, the MoVida signature anchovy and smoked tomato sorbet tapas, followed by a range of Spanish delights, including a Calamari sandwich with guindilla peppers, roast suckling pig with a beetroot salad and, of course, their deeeelicious churros with rich drinking chocolate.
MoVida | 1 Hosier Lane in Melbourne
Adults $85 | Children $30
For bookings, call 03 9663 3038
Mumm Champagne – it's got the word 'Mum' in it, so we're calling it the ultimate Mother's Day drink. Get excited, because Pei Modern have teamed up with Mumm to bring you an amazing Mother's Day lunch. You'll be handed a glass of the good stuff on arrival, before feasting on four courses of Pei's Modern Australian bistro fare. Love a lamb roast? Their wood grilled and roast Killara Rise lamb is sure to please the whole family.
Pei Modern | 45 Collins Street in Melbourne
Adults $75 | Under 12s $35.
For bookings, call 03 9654 8545
Spoil your mum with delicious food, fine wine and spectacular panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline from the top floor of Eureka Tower. The Mother's Day three-course menu begins with canapés and sparkling on arrival, followed by an entrée of seared spatchcock with foie gras, dauphinoise, bread sauce and parsley, a main of roast salmon with crispy skin, fennel gratin and lemon, and a pecan tart with maple ice cream and salted caramel to finish. Oh, it gets better; premium wines have been expertly matched with each course. Sky high sipping and feasting at its finest!
Eureka 89 | 7 Riverside Quay in Southbank
$135 adults | $100 children (13-17) | $45 (12 and under)
For bookings, call 03 9693 8889
The latest eatery to take up residence in Curtin House, Mesa Verde, is hosting a taco lunch this Mother's Day. Make your own tacos with Mesa's seasonal produce and kick back to a line-up of DJs. Mum will receive a glass of bubbles on the house, and seeing as Mesa has one of the largest tequila selections in the country, she'll also be able to indulge in a few cheeky margaritas. It's a fun, family-friendly lunch that won't break the bank (under 12s cost just $15!).
Mesa Verde | Level 6 Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street in Melbourne
Adults $40 | Under 12s $15
For bookings, call 9654 4417
Still deciding what to do on Mother's Day? Spoil your mum with a three-course meal overlooking the famous Rochford green at Isabella's. You'll feast on gastronomic delights such as the kingfish ceviche, Yarra Valley duck, and wild mushroom vialone nano risotto…drool! Make sure you stop in at the Cellar Door for complimentary wine tasting (you don't have to tell us twice!).
Isabella's | Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Highway in Coldstream
Adults $89 | Kids $29
To book, click here
Spoil your mum with champagne and a four-course lunch at The European. Known for their classical (you guessed it!) European flavours, The European's Mother's Day menu is sure to please all palates. We're already dreaming about their crème brulee.
The European | 161 Spring Street in Melbourne
Adults $75 | Children $35
To book, email or call 03 9654 0811
Okay, while The Westin's Éclair Affair Afternoon Tea isn't technically a lunch, Mother's Day calls for indulgence, and there's nothing more indulgent than a meal consisting of choux pastry's raison d'être, the éclair. Executive Sous Chef Pamela Gould has devised a contemporary menu of sweet and savoury éclair options, including classic French combinations like ham, comte cheese, confit tomato and Dijon aioli, pistachio and fig, and the irresistible chocolate with caramel. Pair your éclairs with Domain Chandon, Vittoria coffee, hot chocolate or Jing tea and you've got the ultimate Mother's Day afternoon indulgence.
Éclair Affiar | The Westin, 205 Collins Street in Melbourne
Available until 30th of June | From $49 per person
For bookings, call 03 9635 2222
Not a fan of the set menu? Head to The Atlantic, where you can pick your three courses from the restaurant's á la carte menu. So, for $110, you have free reign. Fancy the Morten Bay Bug spaghettini? How about the wood-fired barramundi? The choices are endless! The Atlantic is also open for lunch, however the dinner sitting provides the perfect excuse to visit The Den, their slinky downstairs cocktail lair.
The Atlantic | T18 Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street in Southbank
Adults $110 | Children (3-12) $55
For bookings, email or call 03 9698 8888
This two-hatted North Fitzroy restaurant is offering a delicious Japanese-inspired Mother's Day Menu, with dishes such as pan-seared quail with shitake duxelle, pickled mushrooms, Jerusalem artichoke and a Sichuan peppercorn sauce. Yuummmo! They're serving up their Mother's Day menu for both lunch and dinner, so get on down!
Matteo's | 533 Brunswick Street in North Fitzroy
Adults $95 | Children $40 (2 courses) or $55 (3 courses)
For bookings, please call 03 9481 1177
Circa, at The Prince of Wales Hotel, considered one of St Kilda's best restaurants, ticks all of our boxes when it comes to things to do this Mother's Day! While their four-course menu is available for both lunch and dinner, the later sitting gives you a chance to soak in the night city skyline at The Deck, The Prince of Wales' rooftop terrace.
Circa | 2 Acland Street in St Kilda
$95 per person | To book, email or call 03 9536 1122
MELBA'S AT THE LANGHAM
Who doesn't love a buffet? Well, my friends, Melba's are kicking the buffet game up a notch this Mother's Day, covering all corners of the globe with everything from succulent rotisserie to fresh sushi and sashimi. Make sure you save room the decadent dessert buffet featuring miniature treats, Connoisseur ice creams and a pink Lindt chocolate fountain. Hot tip: wear stretchy pants. Available for both lunch and dinner (attend both if you dare!).
Melba's | The Langham, 1 Southgate Avenue in Southbank
Adults from $199 | Children from $99
For bookings, email or 1800 641 107
Main image source: What Katie Ate