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Published May 9th 2017
The Best People in Life are Mums
Happy Lunch, Happy Mum (by ArtsyBee / Public Domain)
While Mother's Day isn't a public holiday (yet), our mums deserve to be spoilt as the home kitchen is retired for the day and families celebrate with lunch bookings throughout the city. Score the best Mother's Day lunch in Melbourne at one of these top 5 restaurants.
Enjoy a Mother's Day lunch worthy of Two Chef's Hats on the northern banks of the Yarra with a special à la carte 3 course lunch for $98. As you're seated on lavish purple chairs in a regal dining room with chandeliers and gilded mirrors, you'll be surprised by the fusion of refined European dishes and flavoursome Asian cuisine. Children won't miss out either, with 2 courses for $40 or 3 for $55.
Begin with paradise prawn wonton ravioli or tempura zucchini flowers for entrée or take the Japanese twist with octopus terrine or Wagyu beef bresaola.
For mains, the twice-cooked duck breast, Japanese okonomiyaki pancake or the Saikyo-baked Japanese black cod fillet with Balmain bug tail marinated in white miso are the warm dishes to savour.
The Waterfront's dining room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the pleasure craft sailing over Port Melbourne, is a hotspot for romantic dinners. On this special day in May, it's love for our mothers that fills the dining room, especially if she's a seafood lover.
The à la carte menu is stacked with the ocean's bounty, in pages devoted to oysters, crustaceans and the live tank with lobster and crab. If you're tempted to order one of everything, ask for the special Mother's Day chargrilled hot platter.
The head-turning tray is loaded with Queensland king prawns, a dozen Oysters Kilpatrick, blue swimmer crabs, salt and pepper calamari, Moreton Bay bugs and the fish of the day.
The $200 celebration feast also includes a bottle of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and dessert of either sticky date pudding or raspberry crème brûlée.
The guest of honour will be greeted with a fresh red rose as she arrives.
Between TV show appearances and new book releases, Heston has found time to open Dinner, a partner restaurant to his booked out London establishment and culinary science laboratory.
While his global reputation raises expectations, particularly as he defines dinner as 'a formal evening meal, typically one in honour of a person or event', you will be pleasantly satisfied on this day to honour all mothers.
The à la carte may overwhelm the new diner with dishes inspired by British gastronomy from as early as the 14th century but the five course degustation for $160 offers a curated selection of Dinner's specialities.
You'll begin with the hay smoked ocean trout with pickled lemon salad, gentleman's relish, wood sorrel & smoked roe.
Next is the dish titled to raise eyebrows, the plum meat fruit with spiced red wine, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread.
Australia enters the kitchen with rice & flesh - saffron, curried kangaroo tail, red wine & amaranth.
Chicken cooked with lettuces and grilled onion emulsion, oyster leaf & spiced parsnip sauce elegantly completes the main courses.
Finish like royalty, with the Victorian dessert of tipsy cake, a sponge generously soaked with sherry and brandy and garnished with spit roast pineapple.
Visit the website for an insight into the creation of these dishes, with inspired recipe book titles, including The Forme of Cury by the Master Cooks of King Richard II (c1390) and The Queen-like Closet, Or, Rich Cabinet by Hannah Woolley (c1670).
Have a relaxed Mother's Day in a 1920s beach house, stylishly renovated with idyllic views of the beach and Port Phillip Bay and the colourful attractions of Luna Park. If autumn is starting to bite, you'll become lost in the mesmerising crackling of the log fire.
In a restaurant on the beach, seafood is the star of the menu. Begin with Pacific or Sydney Rock oysters or the pea soup with Tasmania scallops and lemon mascarpone.
If you're keen for a pasta dish, the linguine with seafood and Moreton Bay bug, chilli and garlic or barbera pumpkin with Meredith goat curd, Italian hazelnuts and sage risotto are satisfying picks.
For mains, there are chicken and beef dishes, but the medallion of Ōra king salmon with green olive tapenade and a capsicum, semi-dried tomato, Spanish onion salsa, cooked over charcoal, or the slow-cooked Pyrenees Ranges pork belly with cauliflower purèe, broccolini, confit potato, green pepper relish, brussel sprouts and mustard seed jus will sate any appetite.
For dessert, the Bombe Alaska for two with chocolate hazelnut ice cream and toasted meringue is a Donovans favourite although the Valhrona chocolate soft centred fondant with salted caramel ganache, puffed honeycomb, cashew crunch and espresso ice cream is a worthy second choice.
There is also a children's menu, with linguine, fish, chicken schnitzel and steak dishes, finished with an ice cream sundae.
Donovans is open for lunch on Sunday from 12pm - 3pm.
Seafood lunch on a relaxed Sunday afternoon (by Waterfront)
Have a grand time in a dining room with a deer-inspired theme, in a restaurant retaining a traditional charm but refreshed by the friendly attentiveness of the wait staff.
On the 'spoil your mamma' menu with 3 courses for $72 or 4 for $84, each with 4 classic, seasonal choices, you'll be treated to the best Italian on Mother's Day (apart from your Nonna's home cooking).
Of the four pasta dishes, begin with the chargrilled quail with baby leeks, corn, sea herbs or the cured scallops with potato, hazelnut and truffle emulsion.
For the risotto course, the tagliatelle with rabbit orange and rosemary ragu, olive, dried tomatoes and parmesan or burnt carrot risotto with ruby grapefruit and burrata are ideal preparation for mains.
For secondi, the roast Spanish mackerel, carrot salad, grilled baby cos and pickled mussels or char grilled baby chicken, globe artichokes, parsnips, roasting juice are timeless Sunday dishes.
Finish with dessert of Ribiola cheese from Lombardy with black truffle, apple and celery or for a sweet end, the lemon tart with mascarpone crème will cleanse the palate while the chocolate terrine with fennel meringue, strawberries, mascarpone sorbet will leave a decadent aftertaste.