Where to spend Mother’s Day 2016 in Sydney

In just over two weeks, on Sunday 8th May, Mother’s Day will be coming around to amplify the love and appreciation we all have for that leading lady, often resulting in extravagant long lunches or dinners at some of the best restaurants in town.

As pretty much every restaurant in Sydney is offering up a menu for the special occasion, we thought it best to sift through and pull out seven of our favourites, from necessary High Tea experiences 31 floors above the city and seafood buffets overlooking the harbour, to set menus marrying dumplings with chocolate.

InterContinental Sydney (Circular Quay)


InterContinental Sydney is truly going all out for Mother’s Day this year, transforming several of their spaces to provide a selection that includes three High Tea experiences, a pop-up High Coffee concept and a luxury seafood buffet. For all information and bookings on the below events head to the hotel’s official website HERE.


  • Club InterContinental

Should you choose Club InterContinental’s High Tea option you’ll be taking your mum 31 floors above Sydney for a view that’s as delicious as the three-tiered High Tea stand that’s included; featuring InterContinental signatures, and a glass of bubbly (with an option to upgrade with endless sparkling or Champagne packages) to indulge with before each mum is gifted with a special boxed gift and a Polaroid keepsake. There are two sittings available – 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm – and prices are $110 per adult, $65 per child, $15 for an endless sparkling upgrade, and $25 for an endless Champagne upgrade. The Club is usually reserved for members only, so you’ll also be getting the warmth of exclusivity!

  • The Harbour Room

On the same floor as Club InterContinental, the gorgeous Harbour Room will also be the sight of an elegant High Tea offering, complementing those sweeping Harbour views with live duet violinists to soundtrack the same offering as above (three-tiered High Tea stand, glass of bubbly, special boxed gift, and a Polaroid keepsake). Sittings are available for 12:30pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5pm, with prices set at $99 per adult, and $65 per child, with Champagne package upgrades also available.

  • The Cortile

Take mum through those sandstone arches of the 1851 Treasury Building and into The Cortile, the sight of one of the most popular and sought after High Tea experiences in Sydney. The art-deco ambiance will be an appropriate scene for a specially-curated Mother’s Day High Tea buffet with exclusive offers from renowned tea connoisseurs Ronnefeldt, who have provided special tea-infused cocktails for the day alongside a tea library. Featuring alongside the selection of decadent pastries, classic scones, savouries, and a complimnetary glass of sparkling on arrival, will be a themed dessert buffet, which, if The Cortile’s reputation is anything to go by, will be absolutely essential for Mother’s Day.

Sittings for The Cortile’s High Tea Buffet are scheduled for 1pm-3pm and 3:30pm-5:30pm, with prices set at $95 per adult, and $59 per child. Package upgrades are available.

  • Pop-Up High Coffee

Inside the InterContinental Sydney Gallery will be a pop-up high coffee experience should you and your family lean away from tea, offering up three-tiered stands designed towards espresso-inspired food, with coffee-infused desserts and hand-made pastries, along with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to sip to a soundtrack provided by a live duet pianist and guitarist. All mums will take home a special boxed gift and Polaroid keepsake. Sittings are available for 12:30pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5pm, with prices set at $99 per adult and $65 per child. Champagne package upgrades will also be available.

  • Seafood Buffet at Cafe Opera

The hotel’s Cafe Opera will be presenting a deluxe lunch buffet with an extended selection of premium market-fresh produce like lobster, blue swimmer crab, and Balmain bugs along with live cooking stations and a dramatic dessert buffet so you can mix-and-match with a beverage package that gives each guest a complimentary glass of Bimbagden sparkling NV Semillon on arrival.

From 5:30pm, the space will take on a different tone with the same buffet but a different set-up, with succulent oysters, market seafood, and both hot and cold serving stations, along with both standard and premium beverage packages available.

Sittings for the lunch session are 12pm-2pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm, with prices at $119 per adult, $79 per young adult (13-18 years), and $59 for children under 12 years.

Dinner sittings are 5:30pm-7:30pm and 8pm-10pm, with prices being $79 per adult and $40 per child.

Address: 117 Macquarie St, Sydney

The Ternary (Pyrmont)


Inside the Novotel on Darling Harbour is The Ternary, a concept restaurant which has been voted amongst the top hotel dining experiences in Australia, and that’s even without considering that luscious view that sweeps over Darling Harbour. Taking your mum here will present her with a market-fresh seafood buffet that includes freshly shucked pacific oysters, king prawns with multiple sauces, Balmain bugs, and marinated green lip mussels.

Both hot and cold dishes will be available during the sitting, before guests finish with a dessert grazing table which includes some of the best local and imported cheese available. Of course, a glass of Champagne will be handed to each mum that walks through the door, followed by a special gift. Live entertainment will soundtrack the sitting, which takes place from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Prices are set at $155 per adult, $50 per adolescent (10-15 years), and $25 per child (4-9 years).

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 02 9288 7078 or clicking HERE.

Address: 100 Murray St, Pyrmont

Lotus, The Galeries (CBD)


The massive Lotus Dining at The Galeries have hooked up with premium brand Valrhona Chocolate to offer a decadent chocolate-inspired dumpling set-menu for you to treat your mum with. Four dessert dishes will be spaced out following a selection of Lotus’ popular mixed dumpling platter, including a pre-dessert of passionfruit bubble with shaved Jivara and crispy pearls.

Included in the set menu are creations Mother’s Bleeding Heart (Opalys and coconut mousse sphere with liquid pomegranate, coconut meringue and black sesame), Heart Burst. Mamma’s Pride (Caramelia bavarois layered with rhubarb, rhubarb paper and almond praline feuilletine), and Patience of a Chess Master (Manjari and matcha chequerboard with mint ice cream, matcha mallow mint aero chocolate, chocolate jelly, chocolate soil and baby mint). If that’s not enough sweet for you, guests will be given a box of Valrohna confections to take home.

The menu will be available for three days (6-8 May) and tickets can be purchased from HERE.

Address: 1, 500 George St, Sydney

Passiontree Velvet (Macquarie; Balgowlah)


Patisserie and tree house Passiontree Velvet are well known for their intricate cakes and slices, and for Mother’s Day they’ll be highlighting that talent with a special in-store High Tea package for $75pp, featuring an assortment of ribbon finger sandwiches, home-baked English scones with cream and jam, and High Tea fancies decorated with edible flowers – plus a box of 6 macarons to take home. The stores will also have available a bespoke Blueberry Bouquet cheesecake with juicy blueberries on top, alongside a feminine garland of delicate, colourful edible flowers should you be looking to take-away and spend Mother’s Day at home.

High Tea will be available from 5th to 8th May with bookings essential HERE.

Address: K05, Stockland Balgowlah, 215 Condamine Street, Balgowlah
Address: Macquarie Shopping Centre, 17 Herring Rd, Marsfield

Anason (Barangaroo)


This widely talked about opening on Barangaroo Avenue won’t be taking their first Mother’s Day menu lightly, with acclaimed Chef Somer Sivriolglu personally curating a nine-course shared feasting menu for the family, including Turkish favs like Atom (dried marash chillis, burnt butter and strained yoghurt) and some Chicken Thighs with pomegranate yahni. To finish, there will be a special Chef’s Mother’s Day dessert platter.

The menu is available for $75 (includes a glass of Pomegranate Prosecco for mums) with $35 matching wines. It will be $25 per child under 12 years. Bookings can be made HERE.

Address: 5/23, Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Vine (Double Bay)


Every mum who dines at Vine on Sunday 8th May will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling and a gift to take home, bookends to Vine’s signature set menu which will be available for $65 a head ($25 per child under 12 years). The atmosphere for the day has been carefully built in collaboration with Circa Home, filling the space with scented candles, perfumed pampering products, and floral adornments. The set menu includes four seasonal shared courses, or there’s always the option to go A la Carte.

You can book for Mother’s Day at Vine by calling 02 9363 0010 or e-mailing [email protected]

Address: 2 Short St, Double Bay

Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour – Q Dining (The Rocks)


The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour will be making full use of their popular Q Dining experience, overlooking the harbour with a three-course lunch menu that features produce like Butter Poached Lobster Tail with heirloom carrot, tarragon emulsion and finger lime, and O’Connor Pasture Fed Beef Tenderloin. Sittings will be between 12:30pm and 3pm, with prices set at $249 per adult and $180 per child (17 years and under)

Bookings are essential by calling 02 9256 4004 or [email protected]

Address: 61 Macquarie St, Sydney


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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