Sure, breakfast in bed and a bunch of blooms are good, but treating your mum to an experience - especially one that involves food and drink - is better. Here's our pick of the brunch, lunch and high teas in Melbourne this Mother's Day, Sunday 13th May.
1. A regional lunch by the bay
What: Terindah Estate (90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine) will make mum (and family) feel special with a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival, a three-course set menu served at The Shed, a refined dining space overlooking the open laws, vines and views of Port Phillip Bay.
Details: $75 per person. Children under 12 years, $20 per child. To book, call 03 5251 5536 or visit terindahestate.com
2. Flowers and ice cream, literally together at last
What: Knock two of mum's favourite things off at once with a visit to Billy van Creamy (27-29 Best St, Fitzroy North) over Mother's Day weekend. Florists Candy MT will be selling fresh flowers with flair, alongside three limited edition flower infused flavours Chamomile & Turmeric, Lavender & Acai and Vegan Beetroot, Strawberry & Rose. Oh and there'll be Everyday coffee and Loafer pastries too. Win.
Details: For the latest follow @candy_mt_ and @billyvancreamy or check out the Facebook event page
Flowers and ice cream are blooming beautiful at Billy Van Creamy this Mother's Day. Photo: Supplied
3. Bingo, bottomless bubbles and Japanese feast
What: Enjoy brunch with a side of bingo where you can sip on bottomless bubbles, beer or Aperol Spritz, accompanied by an 'all-in' Japanese feast at Tokyo Tina (66 Chapel Street, Windsor). Everyone's a winner no matter how many numbers you match.
Details: $69 per person for the all-in menu. To book, call 03 9525 2774 or visit tokyotina.com.au
4. A indulgent high tea at the Windsor
What: Over 2000 scones along with ribbon sandwiches and pastries all served on traditional three tiered silver stands at the Windsor (111 Spring Street, Melbourne). A specially made dessert will be presented for the occasion created by Executive Pastry Chef Gette Eliso - Gâteau Saint-Honoré - the cake named after the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.
Details: For ticket details and to book visit thehotelwindsor.com.au/mothersday2018
2000 scones are expected to be devoured at The Windsor's afternoon tea. Photo: Supplied
5. All you can eat 'Italian Yum Cha'
What: The food at Figo (73 Brighton Road, Elwood) will flow and flow until you say so. Think unlimited truffle-infused dishes, copious mouthfuls of soft Italian cheese, beautifully cured luxe meats and endless metres of Roman inspired pizzas, all with change from a pineapple.
Details: $40 per adult and $20 per child. Bookings via figo.com.au
6. Enjoy some sweet Yarra Valley highs
What: Smuggle mum away for the day and treat her to a three course lunch and glass of cuvee with valley views to die for at Rae's Restaurant Balgownie Estate.
Details: $120 per adult and $30 per child. Bookings on 03 9730 0774 and more info at balgownieestate.com.au
7. Take mum to the dark side
What: Been keeping mum in the dark about something? Why stop now? Dans Le Noir at The Como Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel hotel (630 Chapel Street, South Yarra) is offering a choice of two tailor-made two course menus (Feed Me Chef and Vegan/Vegetarian). For something different and delicious it's pitch (black) perfect.
Details: $75.00 for two courses with a sparkling wine or surprise mocktail on arrival. Book at melbourne.danslenoir.com or call 03 9825 2228.
It's bottomless brunch and bingo at Tokyo Tina. Photo: Supplied
8. A family feast, without the dishes
What: It'll be all about the family amore at the four-course Sicilian feast at Mister Bianco (285 High Street, Kew) and Massi (445 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) made 'just the way mum used to do it' (only maybe better, ahem), with a surprise or two, too.
Details: $90 per person, lunch and dinner. Book through misterbianco.com.au
9. Bottomless Mumm for mum (and you)
What: Go with the champagne flow at San Sebastian eatery Lona (64-66 Acland Street, St Kilda) who'll be bringing out the big guns (or Mumm's) for their bottomless brunch for just $45. Non-bubble lovers might like the Mimosa, beer, cider or wine deal instead ($35).
Details: Book at lona.com.au or phone 03 9525 3755.
10. Learn while you lunch
What: Acclaimed wine maker Charlotte Dalton Hardy will be hosting an intimate lunch matched with her range of low intervention wines at The Recreation (162-170 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North) on Mother's Day. Charlotte believes wine made with a happy heart and soul can pass these feelings on through the wine - the perfect fit for a heart warming Mother's Day.
Details: $90 – includes matched wines. To book call 03 9042 2707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anada in Fitzroy is hosting a Mother's Day lunch. Photo: Supplied
11. The six course feast for under $50
What: Anada (197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) is putting on a six-course menu including smoked cheese cigars with black garlic, seared scallops with trout pearls, chicken liver parfait, wild hare with fermented mushroom and pickled onion, beetroot with goat curd and prickly pear sponge with pistachio for just $45 per head.
Details: $45 per head. To book visit anada.com.au or call 03 9451 6101