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The best restaurants for Mother's Day in Sydney

Here are the hotspots to suit mums of all ages

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You don’t want to take your wonderful mum to just any restaurant, do you? Here’s our list of the best places to take your mum on the big day, whether she’s a young mamma with little bubs or an elegant lady after something a bit posh.

Lotus The Galeries

How sweet is your mum? Take her to a dessert degustation, courtesy of Lotus The Galleries, Black Star Pastry and what’s often considered to be the world’s best chocolate, Valrhona. Together they are running dessert degustations over three days, Friday May 6-Sunday May 8, so you can take your pick of which to treat your mum to. Guests will start with Lotus’s delicious hand-made dumplings, followed by a passionfruit ‘bubble’ to cleanse the palate, and three mum-themed desserts that include a coconut mousse sphere, a rhubarb cloud and a Valrhona Manjari and matcha chequerboard. Guests even get a box of Valrhona chocolates to take home. $82.50 pp. Get your tickets here.

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If your mum hasn’t been to LuMi, take her on Mother’s Day, because it’s one of the best restaurants in Sydney right now – and for the quality of food you’re getting, it’s a bloody steal. It’s situated right on Sydney wharf in Pyrmont, so with those water views it’s ideal at lunchtime. For the big day they’re putting on a six-course dego that includes snapper with mushrooms and sea lettuce, tender beef cheek served with parsley and radicchio and patron-chef Federico Zaneletto’s raison d'être (for those who get to eat his food anyway): spaghetti with bottarga and anchovies. You’ve never lived until you have eaten a bowl of this man’s pasta, trust us. $125 pp or $200 pp with matching wines.

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The Grounds of Alexandria

Do you always try to get a seat at the Grounds but never can? Here’s your chance. The Grounds are doing a very special Mother’s Day meal, either for lunch or dinner, where guests are treated to a welcome cocktail or glass of Pol Roger Champagne, three courses from executive chef Paul McGrath, live music from a three-piece band, and even a floral crown for mum. Plus she gets a mystery gift at the end valued at $45, which will save you the time shopping for one. Sittings are at 11.30am for lunch or 7pm for dinner – both are 2.5 hours long. $160 pp. Get your tickets here.

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It’s hard to imagine somewhere more pleasant to spend a long, lazy Sunday lunch than Chiswick in Woollahra. Wide open to their lush gardens, sharing plates with your mum while sipping on rosé is going to feel like heaven for all of you. On Mother’s Day they’re doing a shared four-course menu that includes their signature Moran family lamb and a refreshing dessert of pavlova with yoghurt mousse rippled with tangy rhubarb. $95 per adult and $55 per child under 12.

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Coogee Pavilion

Taking out a mum with young kids? Head to Coogee Pavilion, where the team have set up storytelling, face-painting and balloon twisting for the kids, and a nail bar where mum can get her nails done after a glass of wine overlooking the ocean. As an added bonus, on the day itself – and on the following Sunday (May 15) – there will also be card-making, craft workshops and photo booths where you can all pile in to commemorate the day. 

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Need something central? Osteria Balla Manfredi at the Star in Pyrmont offers harbour views and beautiful Italian eats. For Mother’s Day they’re doing a four-course lunch that starts with fresh cheeses and salumi, continues with mushroom risotto infused with truffle butter, and gnocchi tossed with spanner crab. Yamba prawns with fennel are next alongside slow-roast lamb shoulder, and the meal ends with tangy lemon meringue tart. $105 pp for adults and $55 pp for children aged 5-12 years old.

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By: Emma Joyce