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15 Of Sydney’s Best Mother’s Day Meals To Treat Mum To This Year

By Cordelia Williamson
28th Apr 2022

The dining room at The Squires Landing, which looks out over Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.

There’s no one right way to thank mum. In fact, we can spend our entire adult lives showing our mums love and appreciation and still never match what they’ve done for us. But we might as well try, and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to do it!

Whether you’re treating her to brunch, lunch, dinner, high tea, or a well-deserved drink, we’ve rounded up the best places around town where you can show your mama or the mother figure in your life that she’s your number one this Mother’s Day.

Here are the best Mother’s Day events and eats happening in Sydney this year.

Topikós

Bondi

casual restaurant interiorBondi's new Greek restaurant has only been open for a couple of weeks, so if your mum likes hitting the newest spot in town, this could be a winner. The all-day dining room is headed up by the likes of Joel Bickford, Danny Corbett and Charles Woodward and serves up Mediterranean share-style plates in a bright and airy space on Campbell Parade. For the big day, Topikós has created a special banquet for $80 a head—think saganaki with honey, kingfish crudo, slow-cooked lamb shoulder with pomegranate glaze, coal-grilled moussaka, and loukoumades for dessert. Book here.

Odd Culture

Newtown

table setting with flowersIf you'd describe your mum as fun and funky, then head to Odd Culture. The Inner West restaurant and bar is dedicated to all things fermented—from the beer to the food. And this Mother's Day, it's serving up a three-course set menu for lunch in its upstairs dining room. Available from 12 – 4pm, the $65pp set menu features dishes such as chicken liver pate with fish sauce caramel,  betroot with sheep's yoghurt and raspberry, lamb with cucumber and yoghurt, a "blanco" tiramisu, and more. Plus, your mum will get a glass of bubbly on the house. Book here.

Restaurant Hubert

CBD

Underground Parisian wonderland Restaurant Hubert is doing Mother's Day a little differently this year. Instead of treating her to a decadent French feast, you'll be sitting down to watch an absolute classic that we're sure mum will love—and that's Muriel's Wedding. But this isn't your average movie session, trust us. As part of the venue's wildly popular Magnum's & Movies series, this night out includes canapes on arrival, popcorn, a buffet-style dinner at intermission, and free-flowing wine from giant vino bottles. Honestly, we can't think of a better way to treat mum. Tickets cost $180 and you can buy them here

Arthur

Surry Hills

Surry Hills’ Arthur restaurant knows how to nail a set menu, and this special Mother’s Day offering is no different. Head to the Bourke Street establishment for an exquisite tasting menu showcasing fresh-as produce. Expect dishes like yellowfin tuna with finger lime and saltbush, mussels with lemon aspen and Geraldton wax, and duck with cipollini onions and pumpkin. Sittings are taking place at 11am, 1.30pm, and 6pm, costing $160pp with the option for additional drinks pairing for $95pp. Book here.

Four Seasons Hotel

CBD

High tea is definitely a go-to experience for Mother's Day. It seems the team at Sydney's famous Four Seasons Hotel agree—as they are hosting a sensory high tea experience this year in collaboration with luxury French perfume house, Parfums de Marly. At Mode Kitchen and Bar, you and mum will be treated to a selection of handcrafted treats created by executive sous pastry chef Quentin Zerr. All mums will also be gifted a bottle of Parfums de Marly’s Oriana fragrance and a welcome cocktail inspired by Oriana. There are two seatings available at 1pm and 3.30pm on Sunday 8 May. Book here

Dear Sainte Eloise

Potts Point

two women and baby sitting at tableAnother reliable is Potts Point bolthole Dear Sainte Eloise. It always delivers and now it's put together a special set menu just for ya mum. So if you're looking for a cosy lunch spot, consider it found. The $100 menu is designed to share, with dishes such as oysters, pecorino and rosemary croquettes, anchovies with brioche and pickles, rainbow trout with saffron beurre blanc, and tiramisu. We're sure mum will love it as much as you. The lunch menu is available from 12 – 2.30pm on 8 May. Book here

Sokyo

Nothing says "I love you, Mum" than a sashimi-fuelled degustation at Sokyo. The sophisticated Japanese restaurant in The Star has put together an eight-course degustation for Mum's Day, complete with miso kingfish ceviche, scallop sashimi with yuzu honey, salmon sashimi with orange ponzu and sesame powder, Moreton Bay bug tempura, wagyu steak, an assortment of sushi, and more delicious dishes. Sure, it'll set you back a cool $185pp, but doesn't your mother deserve the world? Book here

The Butler

Potts Point

Table and chairs on outdoor terraceSweepy city views, a lush plant-filled terrace, and champagne—what's not to love? Potts Point establishment The Butler has whipped up a special menu for your mama that we just know she'll adore. The Ibero-American set menu is packed with oysters, salmon tostadas, burrata, scallops, and dessert platters. Oh, and did we mention you get a glass of sparkling on arrival? The Mother's Day lunch menu costs $120pp and is available till 4pm. Book here

Lotus

Barangaroo

Dishes and wine glasses on tableIf you're thinking mum deserves a banquet this Mother’s Day, then make sure you head to Barangaroo. Fulfilling all your Chinese night market dining dreams, Lotus Barangaroo is putting on a massive banquet ($99–119pp) featuring dishes like sashimi with apple ponzu, steamed prawn, calamari and ginger dumplings, pork wontons with chilli sauce, wok-fried beef fillet with broccolini, and barbecued pork buns. The menu is available for lunch—and with the restaurant's stellar waterfront location, you can bet mum will be pleased as punch. Book here

Aria

The Rocks

restaurant interior looking out to view of Sydney Opera HouseIf the woman who raised you likes the finer things in life, there's a chance you do too. So although Aria's Mother's Day lunch will cost you a pretty penny (read: $260 per person), consider it a treat for yourself as well as for your mama. Plus, your mum deserves to be spoiled—and now is the time to splurge. Available from 12 – 3pm, the ritzy affair includes a glass of champagne on arrival and a five-course meal. And you can't beat those million-dollar views. Yep, this is one mum won't forget. Book here

Tokyo Lamington x Devon

Newtown

lamingtons and onigiriKeen to keep things casual (and easy on the wallet)? Sure your mum deserves the world, but that doesn't always mean paying a fortune. Answering your prayers are two beloved Sydney spots—Tokyo Lamington and Devon Cafe—who have collaborated to make a box of treats that are perfect for brekkie in bed. And it'll only set you back $28. Score. Inspired by each other's menus, the venues have created a mash-up of tasty treats, including Dai Dai meringue lamington and a strawberry and matcha number, as well as salmon onigiri and bacon and egg onigiri for the savoury inclined. You can order online for delivery or pick up from Tokyo Lamington's Newtown store.

Yellow

Potts Point

Food and wine on tableThis one's for the vegan mums. Yellow is an upscale, 100% plant-based fine diner situated on Potts Point’s buzzy Macleay Street. Housed in a yellow-painted brick building (hence the name), the diner’s interior is laidback and informal, making it a top choice for all the plant-based mothers in your life. And for the big day, the restaurant is offering a $105 five-course menu for lunch and dinner. Expect to tuck into the likes of Lions Mane mushrooms with XO sauce, Japanese pumpkin with miso sauce and pickled ginger, and a chocolate and rhubarb tart for dessert. Book here

The Squire’s Landing

The Rocks

If there’s nothing quite like a meal with a view, then surely there’s nothing like lunch with a front-row view of Sydney’s glorious harbour and the stunning Sydney Opera House. Spectacular views aside, you can treat mum to a two-course lunch ($69pp) at The Squire’s Landing. Choose from entrees and mains like spatchcock with radicchio salad, pan-fried barramundi with stracciatella and balsamic, or wood-fired sirloin with truffle mash. Alongside the usual James Squire tap lineup, you can also grab some bubbles and vino to add to the occasion. Who said views had to come with a hefty price tag? Book here.

a'Mare

Barangaroo

green pastaIf you grew up eating mum's spaghetti, then take things up a notch and treat your ma to one of the best pasta restaurants in Sydney. Pasta master Alessandro Pavoni's refined, classically themed eatery a'Mare is in the newly built Crown Sydney tower and comes with plenty of wow factor. With serious polish and impeccable service, a’Mare caters to the luxury sensibilities of the Crown’s intended high roller audience—AKA your mum. To celebrate our wonderful mothers, a'Mare has whipped up a set menu ($177pp) of focaccia, hand-stretched treccia cheese, oodles of noodles, and Italy's traditional Mother's Day lemon cake. Book here.  

TWR

Barangaroo

High tea stand and two champagne flutesAlright, alright we get it. Lunch is the go-to when it comes to Mother's Day. But if you're looking for a different kind of meal, then maybe high tea will do the trick? TWR, otherwise known as The Waiting Room, is putting on a mumsy high tea on its sunny terrace. The best part? It's available from Friday 6 May till Sunday 8 May, so you can treat mum on a day that suits her. You'll get all the high tea favourites like finger sandwiches, scones, and dainty cakes, plus a glass of bubbles for $120 per person. Book here

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Image credit: The Squire's Landing, Topikós, Nikki To, Restaurant Hubert, Arthur, Trent van der Jagt/ Buffet Digital, The Butler, Alana Dimou, Kitti Gould, Tokyo Lamington, The Squire's Landing, a'Mare, TWR

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