Where To Take Mum For A Long Lunch This Mother’s Day

By Ellen Seah
26th Apr 2016

Mother’s Day has got to be one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants and cafes in Melbourne 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 


Featuring dishes that champion modern Peruvian cooking, Pastuso’s set menus include the “Journey through Peru” and “Feast of the Andes”. Starting with some cheeky ceviche, following with slow cooked meat on the Peruvian grill and finishing with exotic desserts, menus at Pastuso are unique and vibrant… just like yo mama. Mums on Mother’s Day will be treated to a complimentary flute of bubbles, with special kids menus also available.


Leave behind the glorious grunge of North Fitzroy as you whisk through Matteo’s luxurious blue curtains, and enter a world of refined Modern Australian cuisine for the day. A specialised Mother’s Day menu features a three-course offering, with dishes like paradise prawn ravioli, white miso-baked Japanese black cod fillet and a miniature dessert selection on offer. Children’s courses are also available.

Newmarket Hotel

For laidback sophistication, St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel is perfect for this occasion. An airy outdoor beer garden is ideal for a long lunch (assuming Melbourne’s weather behaves). Expect seasonal Californian flavours like 36-hour slow cooked Berkshire pork hock and soft shell crab tacos for the perfect Mother’s Day treat. If you happen to treat yourself at the same time, no one will blame you.


This Elwood restaurant is a Vietnamese dining institution. Fresh, light dishes reign supreme, with a share-style menu perfect for the whole family (even that picky vegan second cousin). Feed me menus are divided into four specialties, including rich meats (the Mountain feed me) or fresh seafood (the Sea feed me). For the little ones, don’t skimp on the sweet potato fries with secret Ha Noi five spice salt!

Lady Carolina

Shimmy your mum into Lady Carolina this Mother’s Day. Featuring Latin American cuisine, expect fresh cevicheria and luxury street food like asparagus chilaquiles, wild egg and tomatillo verde. The two feasting menu options include the best of the best from their menu. Treat your mum like a real lady this year and head to Lady Carolina.

La Luna Bistro

As one visitor mentioned on Dimmi, it’s wise to wear stretchy pants to Carlton’s La Luna Bistro. With Mediterranean-inspired, Modern Australian cuisine, highlights include crisp duck leg with savoy cabbage, caraway and bacon lardons. The slow cooked lamb shoulder with coriander, caper and pickled red onion salad is a tender, meat-y choice for the carnivores in the family. Timber features in this space, creating a relaxed, upmarket ambiance ideal for Mother’s Day.

Lee Ho Fook

Unpretentious sophistication dominates the newly opened Lee Ho Fook’s interior and dishes. The communal, sparsely lit space is intimate and cosy—perfect for a low-key Mother’s Day with her favourite child (meaning, you, obviously). Modern Chinese dishes burst with flavoursome spices, fresh produce and innovative cooking at Lee Ho Fook. It helps that there also happens to be a pretty significant wine menu. Just sayin’.

Cutler & Co

In the heart of Melbourne’s favourite hipster window-shopping suburb, Cutler & Co is an ideal post-shopping lunch spot to rest your mama’s sore feet. Located in an expansive old metal factory, you can expect fresh, seasonal produce accompanied with impeccably prepared sides. Boasting a weekly Sunday lunch menu that features shared dishes with optional paired wines, this is how to treat your mum right this Mother’s Day.

Discover more Mother’s Day restaurants here!

Pastuso | Image credit: Sabine Legrand

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Dimmi and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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