Feasts for all mothers, including failed sourdough mothers.
The Grossi family have been missing from Melbourne's dining scene for the first time in decades - generations, even. Their return as Grossi a Casa is worth diving head-first into whether that's by summoning their pappardelle and bottled negronis to yourself or getting the Mother's Day party pack, starring tortellini, chilli and lemon-tinged roast chicken diavola, broccoli pugliese and a vat of their family tiramisu. The set starts at $100. Add on books, olive oil, wines or a celebration torte for bonus points. grossiacasa.com.
This culture-jamming restaurant which hops around China, Japan and other parts of Asia in a way we can only dream of now, quit the take-out game early on but it's back, mostly offering dishes to cook at home but also a belter Mother's Day menu. Start with icy fizz and Wapengo oysters to be hit be with a solid slug of their house-made hot sauce (a bottle is included). Then it's the hits from their smashed cucumbers and black fungus, fish-fragrant eggplant, a Thai green curry and pavlova with Pedro Ximenez figs. lagoondining.com
Cutler and Co
Andrew McConnell's kingpin Cutler and Co hasn't been in the delivery mix since shutdown, so while they're rolling out a Mother Day's menu, it's fair game to order even for your sourdough mother. It kicks off with stracciatella and pickled figs, peaks with a spiced duck pie and finishes with creme caramel and quinces with a lot of trim between. Order for Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch, $45 per head. cutlerandco.com.au.
Chef Jacques Reymond's cheesy gougeres are things of legend and strong bait to get a hamper from Bistro Gitan, run by the chef's heirs. The French include the gougeres, prawn ravioli and mushroom broth, chicken ballotine (a rolled stuffed roast) and their chocolate and caramel tart. Add champagne or get a family version with a mac and cheese for your sprats. The couples hamper is $95, or $160 for a family of four. Order should be in by 4pm Friday (03) 9999 0990 or email email@example.com.
Look, it's not for Sunday. Or genuinely for Mother's Day, but this Israeli hero's Friday night feasts, featuring the likes of their baby cauliflower flower, slow-cooked lamb or chicken stew, and Valrhona chocolate mousse need your attention. Do days matter anymore, anyway? The Friday feast changes weekly, but you typically get a big plaited challah bread on the side. They're also now offering staples such as buttery chickpeas to stock your pantry. Feasts for two are $80. miznonaustralia.com.
It's a full Cretan banquet for $45 from the Camberwell star including tarama, lamb, apakia (cured pork and quince), beet-cured salmon, and sweet, cheesy kalitsounia (pastries). Orders need to be in by Thursday for pick-up Saturday. elyros.com.au.
Fitzroy North's wine bar-bistro is doing a $150 hamper that can take care of lunch/brunch for up to four. It's a picnic style pack of ready-to-eat pumpkin tarts, salt cod dip and duck rillettes, with breads, chilled, rolled chicken with tarragon mayonnaise, truffles and a bunch of blooms. Raid their cellar when you order. the-recreation.com
Lobsters from Melbourne Food Squad
This outfit is selling top gear from producers who would usually be supplying the big restaurants from wagyu to scarlet prawns and scampi roe. For Mother's Day, they have a whole lot of southern rock lobsters to move, and you can get it delivered as a package with some fizz, wines or beer. $150. melbournefoodsquad.com
Charlie Carrington has been offering cook-along recipe boxes during the shut down, supplying punters with the ingredients (including some restaurant-prepared elements) and video recipes to make three dishes at home, covering a new country each week. Next up is Brazil, but for Mother's Day, he's also offering a one-off French special, where you will get the fixings to make (the cooking is part of it) a three-course lunch/dinner featuring their chicken liver pâté and brioche, a classic salmon main and then tackling a tarte tatin for dessert. $90 for two. atlasdining.com.au