So Mother’s Day has crept up on us again. We’ve got 12 days to pull ourselves together and come up with a sufficient way to thank those crazy women for their love, support, and of course their genes. Not to mention we’ve got to do so in a way that makes up for taking all this for granted the other 364 days of the year. Mother’s Day is a tall order, and if you’re anything like me, leaving plans to the last minute often seems like the best coping mechanism.
Especially in this splendid, hustling city of Sydney with its copious amounts of restaurants and cafes, and even more Sydney-siders and their mothers who all seem to want to go exactly where you want to go! And let’s face it – what say’s “I love you, Mum” more than a glorious meal, accompanied by a cheeky tipple, and the smiling faces of those she holds dear. Taking Mum out means you can achieve all of this without having to do any dishes. Because at GroupDiner know and share the pressure Mother’s Day puts on our undeserving souls, we thought we’d share our favourite mum-date hot-spots with you. Let’s start with brunch.
The Book Kitchen
255 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
(02) 9310 1003
With charming food-related books lining the walls, this cafe-meets-library boasts a homely feel. Your Ma’ will love their fine food comprised of sustainable, organic, and free-range produce, and since it’s Sunday you can even try their high tea.
71A Macleay St, Potts Point
(02) 9360 4410
Mum’s more about the champagne breakfast? No problem at Monopole. This wine bar/restaurant is home to delicious eats and delectable wine. You’ll be sure to leave 100% satisfied – and maybe a little tipsy.
359 Crown St, Surry Hills 433 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
(02) 9360 4762 (02) 9360 9631
Breakfast at Bills is something every Sydneysider (and their Mum) has to experience. The world-renowned Bill Granger learned to cook in a domestic kitchen – giving his menu a ‘simple and instinctual’ vibe led by locally sourced ingredients. They don’t take weekend bookings, but with two locations you should be able to get in!
The Grounds of Alexandria
7A/2 Huntly St, Alexandria
(02) 9699 2225
Mum’s a coffee lover? That’s what The Grounds of Alexandria do best. Though the menu is pretty standard as far as Sydney cafes go, the production, service, and atmosphere are what set The Grounds apart. Always hustling and bustling, The Grounds is a vibrant place to brunch.
1/173-179 Bronte Rd, Waverly
0404 379 585
Located in Waverly, Ruby’s Diner has been delivering quality espresso and fine food to Sydneysiders since 2008. With recent expansions, renovations, and brand new works of art it’s well worth venturing out of the CBD this Mother’s Day.
10 Neild Ave, Rushcutters Bay
(02) 9326 9348
Right in the heart of Rushcutters Bay, this old tyre factory has been transformed into a dignified dining experience. Seasonal, fresh produce sourced from farmers in the Hawkesbury Region emphasises the restaurant’s rustic vibe. Executive Chef Martin Boetz presents a menu designed to share – making dinner a real family affair.
Shop 4/6 Cowper Warf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9380 6744
From its prime position on Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, China Doll offers a spectacular view of Sydney’s glorious skyline. Accompanied a reasonably priced menu boasting generously proportioned modern-Asian dishes, China Doll is the perfect spot for a sunset dinner with Mum.
Booth St Bistro
127 Booth St Annandale
(02) 9660 6652
Nestled in the heart of Annandale, this modern, European style bistro hosts a beautiful dining room bursting with character and comfort. Booth St Bistro is the perfect place for Mum to enjoy hearty European delicacies accompanied by unequivocal wine matches.
65 Ocean St, Woollahra
(02) 8388 8688
Chiswick is a neighbourhood restaurant with a casual vibe and a delectable menu designed for sharing – the perfect ambience for the Mum who doesn’t want a fuss. The garden that sets the scene for this cosy wee gem happens to be the source of much of the restaurant’s produce, so quality is undeniable.
2 Ash St, Sydney
(02) 9240 3000
Exuding elegance, this classic French-style Bistro presents a charming menu accompanied by an exquisite wine list. This is a Merivale gem your Mum will love!
We hope this has given you some guidance, but time is running out kids – get on to GroupDiner and make your Mother’s Day!