This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14, meaning that if you’re only realising it’s coming up now, you still have time to book lunch.
Sharing a meal on the day with the ‘mum’ in your life, whether that’s your actual mum, your grandmother or even a family friend or other family member, can not only show them how much you appreciate them, but also help you both create new memories together.
Fortunately, if you’re in Sydney, when it comes to venues for Mother’s Day lunch, you’re spoilt for choice. From beachfront restaurants that serve a side of sea view, to sky-high restaurants that let you look out over our beautiful city, ahead are our favourites among the many venues and menus.
A special set Mother’s Day menu at North Bondi Fish, set at the end of Bondi below North Bondi RSL, comes with a side of direct sea views, not to mention colourful, photo-ready interiors and a DJ from 2-5pm and live music from 5:30-8:30pm. For $129pp and $40 for kids aged 12 and under, you’ll be treated to a menu including salt cod croquettes, lobster ravioli and Ora King salmon.
Set on a strip of private beach in Mosman, St Siandra only opened earlier this year. Its Mediterranean Coast-themed interiors – think yellow walls, striped chair cushions and olive trees, match its seafood and pasta-heavy menu. On Mother’s Day, the venue is running a $159pp, four-course menu, featuring favourites like potato flatbread and mussels, along with specially-created dishes, including a Messina chocolate tart.
Nour is known for its brunch, and its Mother’s Day lunch ($119pp) takes that up a notch, with smoked mussels, shish barak and glazed lamb shoulder on the set menu. Lunch runs 12-3:15pm, while dinner with the same menu can be booked 5-8:30pm.
For lunch with a side of Sydney skyline views, book into Altitude on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel. Taking place 12-2pm on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, and priced at $205pp ($250pp for a window seat), the lunch includes share-style meals like scorched prawn tartare with scampi caviar and burrata with prosciutto chips, quince and orange dressing. Sommelier wine pairing is available for an extra $85pp.
Another restaurant holding a special Mother’s Day lunch in the city is AALIA, located in Martin Place. There, your family can tuck into a Mother’s Day Middle Eastern feast that’s ordered a la carte or part of sharing-style banquet menu by Executive Chef Paul Farag. Expect hand-stretched haloumi, lamb neck shawarma and, for dessert, madjool dates with caramelised chocolate.
‘Beautiful ingredients, simply cooked’ is the ethos of Woodcut. The restaurant at Crown Sydney has a special Mother’s Day a la carte menu on the day, with caviar, salt-baked celeriac and clay pot-baked spiced lamb shoulder on offer. Help Mum make a day of it by getting her a treatment at Crown Spa post-lunch.
The decor at Bar Lucia was inspired by the elegant architecture in Madrid, complete with nature-inspired motifs. The venue is celebrating Mother’s Day with a set menu for $85pp. Highlights include oysters with alta allela cava mignonette, barbecued octopus and wagyu steak.
Inspired by the restaurant scene in Mexico City’s trendy neighbourhoods, Roma and Condesa, Sonora is a high-end Mexican restaurant and mezcal bar. Its Mother’s Day set menu is $65pp, with dishes including yellowfin tuna ceviche, queso fundido and Tasmanian octopus zarandeado.
If the mum in your life is a fan of seafood, take her to Sailmaker’s Signature Seafood Table Mother’s Day Lunch at Hyatt Regency in Darling Harbour. There, for $159pp and $79 for kids, you’ll be able to help yourself to a seafood bar filled with the finest produce from Sydney Seafood Market. You’ll also get salads, sides and antipasto, as well as shared-style seasonal mains and indulgent desserts. The venue is also running a Mother’s Day Seafood Buffet Dinner, as well as a Mother’s Day Gin High Tea on the Saturday and Sunday.