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Where to take mum for Mother's Day in Brisbane 2013

Does your mum like to keep it simple with breakfast and a cuppa in bed or is a slap-up lunch in order for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12?

However you celebrate Mother’s Day remember it’s the thought that makes it special, but actions speak louder than words.

Here’s some present suggestions for foodie mums and a list of Mother’s Day events around Brisbane town.

Top gifts for foodie mums

  • DIY artisan cheese kit from Mad Millie
  • Cooking class voucher from The Golden Pig Cooking School 
  • Chocolate massage gift certificate from Ripple Massage   
  • Merlo Mother’s Day 2013 Hamper with 1kg Merlo Coffee Fresh Espresso, 250g English Breakfast Merlo Tea, a Merlo keep-cup, Merlo chocolate coasted coffee beans and two Coffee Appreciation vouchers.
  • Heart-shaped red velvet or chocolate sponge, Mother's Day cake pops or cupcakes from Vanilla Pod at Ascot.
  •  Box of chocolate treats from the Daintree Estates, North Queensland made from cocoa grown there chocolate sauce, soaps, scrub and two blocks of chocolate.

    And/or take mum to breakfast, lunch or dinner here..

    Brisbane central

    The Euro, CBD

    Three course Mother’s Day lunch $80 per person, children (4-14) $55. Bookings

    Spring Food & Wine, CBD

    Just in time for Mother’s Day Spring Food & Wine is introducing Sunday brunch, from 8am – 3pm, High Tea, which will be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 – 5pm, and regular weekend cooking classes. For a fun and unique Mother’s Day activity, try the Sunday afternoon Cupcake Masterclass from 2 – 5pm. Mums will also receive a special gift courtesy of Spring when they come in for Mother’s Day brunch or High Tea.  Bookings 3229 0460 or

    e'cco, CBD

    Diners will enjoy a  three course meal of bistro-style dishes and glass of champagne for $85 per head, including: an entrée of Moreton bay bug risotto with fennel and chilli; slow cooked duck with braised red cabbage, hazelnuts and pancetta for main; a side of mixed leaves, grain mustard vinaigrette, kipflers, roast garlic and rosemary; citrus tart with milk gelato for dessert.  Bookings

    Hotel Urban, CBD

    Enjoy an indulgent luncheon special in their signature restaurant, Gazebo for Mothers Day. To showcase their stunning new autumn menu, diners can enjoy a main meal and dessert for just $27 per head, with discounted prices.  Children 12 years and under enjoy a choice of Happy Feet meals for $15, which includes salad and ice cream. The restaurant is also offering the decadent new Moet Rose Imperial champagne at an exclusive price of $85 per bottle for the occasion. Bookings 3230 7865

    Bistro One Eleven, CBD

    Enjoy a three-course menu for $65 and a two-course menu for $30 for children under 12 years. The set menu includes saffron & pea risotto, seared scallop & crisp pancetta as the entrée and lamb shoulder, organic chicken breast or gold band snapper for the main, and a chocolate meringue with nougat gelato for dessert. Bookings

    Novotel, CBD

    A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with a three course high tea with canapés and a tea inspired cocktail or mocktail on arrival hosted by Novotel Brisbane and Dilmah Tea, with 25 per cent of the ticket price donated to Mission Australia. Bookings for the high tea party can be made between 12.30pm and 3pm and costs $79 per person, $69 for Accor Advantage Plus Members, and there is a discounted ticket price for children under 16 years. High tea guests will also go into the draw to win a lucky door prize of one night’s accommodation at Novotel Brisbane plus a Dilmah gift hamper. Bookings

    Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

    Cloudland Brunch with a selection of gourmet breakfast dishes and a petite four dessert buffet from 11am to 2pm $40 per person including a glass of bubbles for Mum on arrival or
    High Tea in the Alice Room with a glass of bubbles for Mum on arrival from 1- 4pm $45 per person. Bookings

    Marriott, CBD

    Great shopping and delicious dining are both taken of this Mother’s Day at Brisbane Marriott Hotel. Visit the Grand Ballroom lobby for a shopping fix where you’ll find local talent showcasing boutique market stalls offering a variety of jewellery, ladies' & children’s fashion, organics, gift and homewares plus arts and crafts. An ATM will be onsite to ensure everyone can purchase a little gift for Mum. Open from 9am.

    After that, you can choose from a decadent High Tea (10-12pm $60 Adult/ $32 Child 4-17)
    with sparkling wine in the Grand Ballroom, or visit Motion Bar & Grill and enjoy a full a la carte lunch and wine buffet (plus a free gourmet treat for all Mums to take home) from $20 + Wine Buffet $26.

    For the chance to win magnificent prizes and support a deserving cause, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket from a Ronald McDonald House Charity volunteer. Bookings p 3303 8054

    Bavarian Bier Cafe, CBD

    With beautiful views and delicious Bavarian fare and kinder (children’s) menus, Bavarian Bier Café will show its appreciation for mothers with a complimentary Henkell Piccolo Rose. But what’s even better? Kids aged ten and under eat for FREE, and that’s sure to make Mum (and the whole family) smile! Bavarian Bier Café is located Level 1, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City. Book 

    Alfred & Constance, Fortitude Valley

    This Mother’s Day, Alfred & Constance will be opening the White Lightning Tiki Bar early, with a selection of cocktails on special.  The ‘Mum get’s Tiki’d’ special cocktail menu will include Pina Colada’s and other delicious concoctions from the new Tiki Menu launched in March. The White Lightning Tiki Bar’s Pina Colada was inspired by Caribe Hilton Beachcomber Bar, Puerto Rico, circa 1954, and includes anejo rum, freshly squeezed pineapple juice and house-made cream of coconut. Alfred & Constance will be open from 12pm for a bit of a different spin on Mother’s Day. Check out the drinks menu and shareable feasts offer here.

    Brisbane north

    Baguette, Ascot
    Open for lunch on Mothers Day from 11am with the normal a la carte menu applies and no surcharge. Children are always welcome at Baguette and the charge is only $1.50 per year for a main, dessert and soft drink.  So a 6 year old costs $9 (cheaper than McDonalds and they get real food). Bookings 3268 6168.

    Mandy's on the Mountain, Clear Mountain

    A $69 three course lunch served with mountain top views and a glass of sparkling wine is the Mother’s Day offering from Mandy’s on the Mountain at Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge. Mother’s Day lunch begins with homemade pumpkin bread before moving onto entrée choices of blow torched prawns with Bloody Mary sorbet, tomato honey comb and Persian feta; duck with beetroot, orange segments, pistachio crush and mint shoots or Swiss brown beignet with gorgonzola, Pickled shimji mushroom, quail egg, asparagus, pecorino and truffle. Executive Chef Scott Logan will offer three main courses - lamb wrapped in pickled vine leaves with olive oil, heirloom tomato salad and basil; eye fillet wrapped in jamon, fried shallots, roasted baby vegetables, jus and petite herbs or homemade ravioli, eggplant, goat’s cheese, micro lettuces, charred teenage leek, preserved lemon and sumac salt.

    Guests will also be able to choose from a dessert buffet of Turkish delight, orange blossom tart, pomegranate and rose water panancotta, mini meringues, mini lemon curd tarts, raspberry tart and edible roses.
    The lodge is also offering an overnight package tailored to pamper mothers and available throughout May. The Restful Respite package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two in Mandy’s on the Mountain and one 40 minute massage at Stephanie’s Mountain Spa. The price is $259 per night.

    Freestyle Tout, Emporium

    Choose a two courses from the set menu for lunch or dinner with a glass of bubbles/wine or beer for $48 per person.  Mains include Grilled Barramundi, Roast Tomato Rissotto, Braised Beef Cheeks, Twice Cooked Port Belly, and any dessert from the menu. Also open for breakfast from 7am to 11am. Book on 3252 0214.

    Brisbane south


    Next Door Kitchen & Bar, South Bank

    Book in at Next Door Kitchen and bar this Mother’s Day, treat your mum to a few Coco Chanel inspired No. 5 Champagne Cocktails. Bring them back to a time of elegance, beauty and, for the friskier mothers out there, a time of feminine mischief!  100% of profits from this cocktail will go to Hayley’s Hope Charitable Foundation in a bid to raise awareness of Lymphoma and to help a young mother on the Sunshine Coast trying to beat to disease. Dine from the full 1920s inspired share menu and with some fabulous and very special additions from the bar and the kitchen. Next Door Kitchen & Bar will be open from 11am and dinner from 5pm.

    QPAC, South Bank

    The great line up of entertainment at Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC’s) Mother’s Day High Tea is sure to make Mum’s day this Mothers Day. Featuring performances by acclaimed Brisbane jazz pianist Dave Spicer, and guest starring cosmopolitan pop group, La Forza, one of Australasia's hottest and most vocally powerful new acts, QPAC’s Lyrebird Restaurant will be the place to be for live entertainment and a delicious High Tea.

    La Forza blends together the talents of some of Australia and New Zealand's top professional vocalists - Chris Fennessy, Gregory Moore and Paul Ross - who have performed throughout London's West End, Europe, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Asia. Performing spine tingling renditions of modern day classics from the likes of Josh Groban, Il Divo, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Bublé, as well as some Rat Pack standards, La Forza exudes class and pure vocal power.

    High Tea guests will receive a glass of bubbles on arrival, and savour delicious ribbon sandwiches, savouries, cakes and other treats, plus be in to win lucky door prizes.To book go to

    The Point Bistro, South Bank

    Bring along your mum to The Point Bistro this Mother's Day, and take part in the Chef created ‘family style’ menu (plates served for the table to share) and live jazz from 12.00pm. The Point will be supporting Hayley’s Hope Charity by donating $4 from every family style menu. More info here re Hayley’s Hope here

    Franklin Villa, Highgate Hill

    Mum is the word at Franklin Villa this Mother's Day, Sunday 12 May. Join hosts Lainey Loneragan and Bernadette Proctor for one of their stunning tea sittings hosted on the verandah of a Victorian mansion in leafy Highgate Hill and show Mum how much you care! Enjoying city vistas, sittings for this special day are at 10am and 1pm and $40pp. Indulge in three tiers of dainty finger sandwiches, homemade pastries and sweets with bottomless tea and coffee. BYO bubbles, $3 corkage. Bookings essential phone Bernadette on 0418 785 016.

    Mondo Organics, West End 
    Open for breakfast, and have a set menu lunch and dinner. Main & dessert $50, Entree / Main  $55, Entree / Main / Dessert $67. Vegan dishes available on request. Book at

    Denim Co, South Bank

    Indulge in a little chic style with breakfast at Denim Co. and spoil the ones you love with 25 per cent off all accessories when you purchase breakfast at Denim Co. on Mother's Day!  No need to just window shop - Spoil every guilty pleasure. The offer is valid for Mother's Day only (12.05.13).

    Tukka, West End
    Two Native High Tea sessions, 11am and 3pm. Treat your mum to a unique twist on a delicate tradition of finger foods served with your choice of iced tea enhanced with native flavoured sorbet, a pot of hot tea or perhaps a glass of sparkling wine (additional $5 for wine). $35 per person. Bookings

    Stokehouse, South Bank
    For $60 per person, treat Mum to a delicious ‘secret’ three-course lunch from Stokehouse’s Autumn Sundays’ based on the very best fresh, seasonal produce available at that moment. The wine package is an extra $45 per person for four glasses of wine matched to the dishes. Bookings 3020 0600.

    Cove, South Bank

    Cove will put a twinkle in your mum's eye, with a free glass of the house sparkling wine, with any meals purchased on Mother's Day.

    Brisbane West

    The Barracks, Petrie Terrace

    The Barracks will host a lavish high tea at Palace Cinemas for Mother’s Day from 10:30am, which includes a screening of the anticipated comedy The Big Wedding. The upstairs of the Palace Barracks Cinema will be transformed into an elegantly adorned high tea affair, allowing guests to take in panoramic views of Brisbane city while enjoying a myriad of traditional high tea delicacies. All guests will be treated to a Bellini before being seated for a traditional high tea. Tiers of scones with jam and cream, mini quiches, Mediterranean Involtinis, sweet tartlets and macaroons from French Twist, will be on offer. Pots of both Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea will be served throughout the event.

    After the high tea, guests will experience a screening of the romantic comedy The Big Wedding starring Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, and Amanda Seyfried to name a few. The film tells the story of a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.  Bookings

    Drift Brookwater, Brookwater Golf & Country Club

    Mother's Day buffet breakfast with hot plate options (45 per person) or three course lunch ($55 per person)

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