Don’t let your mum slave away over a hot stove on Mother’s Day; take her out for dinner instead!
There’s no better opportunity to show your mum how much you care than on Mother’s Day, which this year is on Sunday 12 May. You don’t need a list of Mother’s Day gift ideas when so many New Zealand restaurants are offering Mother’s Day specials on the big day.
These are some of our top picks for somewhere nice to take your mum out for dinner.
Make Mother’s Day extra special on Sunday 12 May at Eight restaurant at the Langham Hotel on Symonds Street. Here you’ll enjoy a delicious range of family favourites and tempting treats for lunch or for dinner.
You’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, as well as a beautiful pink rose and a special gift to take home.
It costs $125 per person, or $55 per child; bookings are essential and you will need to pay in advance.
This delightful Mediterranean and Italian restaurant in Botany is a perfect place to take your mum for a special meal on Mother's Day. Amphora is open for lunch from 11.30-2pm, and dinner from 5.30pm until late.
It's a BYO, too, so you can bring your own fancy bottle of wine to celebrate the special day (a $5 corkage fee applies) – or choose one from Amphora's extensive wine list.
If your mother loves Indian food then she's going to love this special Mother's Day deal at Urban Turban. Mums pay just half price when a two-course meal is ordered by each person dining. And she'll love Urban Turban's delicious cocktails and extensive wine list, too!
Starting with a glass of prosecco for Mum, Soul bar and bistro's Mother's Day special features a mouth-watering three-course meal that includes smoked kahawai with sourdough crostini for the entree, slow-cooked chicken breast or blackened hapuka for the main, and passionfruit and white chocolate pavlova for dessert.
This Mother's Day banquet costs just $40 per person. Bookings, of course, are essential.
Does your mum love seafood? Then she’ll love a Mother’s Day seafood platter at Fish restaurant on Princes Wharf on 12 May. It costs $30; reserve a table now to avoid disappointment.
Acacia Restaurant at the Novotel Hotel in Ellerslie has two special options this Mother's Day. The first, Bubbles and Cupcakes, is an elegant afternoon tea from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, combining sweet and savory treats with a selection of teas and coffee. Mums will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival and go in the draw to win spot prizes. It costs $22 per adult and $15 for children.
Bubbles and Buffet is a special Mother's Day dinner service, 6pm-10pm on 12 May. For $47 per adult ($23.50 for children) you'll indulge in an indulgent evening buffet showcasing modern cuisine and a tribute to the sea. Mums will receive a glass of bubbles on arrival and there will be more spot prizes up for grabs.
Bookings, as always, are essential.
Every mum who is booked in to dine at The Flying Moa in Auckland on Mother’s Day will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival and will go in the draw to win a spa package for two. This special Mother’s Day deal counts for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Meanwhile, The Flying Moa will be putting on a special Moa Mums High Tea at 3pm on 12 May 2013. It costs $30 per person, for a minimum of two people, and bookings are essential.
Spoil your mum on Mother’s Day with a luxurious lunch or dinner at Kitchen restaurant at the Hotel DeBrett in the Auckland CBD. This restaurant hasn’t been named one of the top 50 restaurants in Auckland for nothing; suffice it to say, your mother will be impressed.
There will be live music courtesy of the Caitlin Smith Trio from 6.30pm and one lucky mum will win a night in a loft suite. Bookings are essential.
The Olde Creamery will be putting on a special Mother’s Day buffet lunch for the whole family. The first sitting is from 11-12.30pm, the second will be 1-3pm. It costs $29 per person, or $14.50 for children.
And the Olde Creamery will once again be hosting a high tea for Mother’s Day, this time on Saturday 11 May 2013. It’ll feature all the things that you would normally associate with such an occasion: tea, delicious cakes, scones and sandwiches. It costs $30 per person, or $15 for children.
Chameleon restaurant in Wellington will boast an extra-special Mother’s Day menu on 12 May 2013. Highlights include venison pate with apricot jelly to start, grilled Akaroa salmon for the main course and a dessert platter to finish.
It’s a bargain, too, at just $49 per person – book now to avoid disappointment.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Wellington’s Amora Hotel, where you can pamper your mum with an elegant buffet lunch and a complimentary glass of bubbly for $39.95 per person, or $14.95 for children.
It’s set to take place from 12pm to 2.30pm on Sunday 12 May. Bookings, of course, are essential.
Treat your mum to a decadent Mother’s Day dinner at Hippopotamus restaurant, which will be putting on a “petite degustation” for the special day. Enjoy four sumptuous courses for $75 per person or dine with matching wines for $110 per person.
And if you book before 1 May 2013, you’ll go in the draw to win a two-course lunch for two at Hippopotamus.
Give your mum the Mother’s Day gift that is sure to not disappoint: good food at the Fox & Ferret in Christchurch! Plus there will be a two-for-one special on stonegrills all day.
Mum can enjoy a free glass of bubbly at Caesars Family Restaurant and Bar on Mother’s Day, as well as a special meal fit for a queen.
Highlights from Caesar’s Mother’s Day banquet include garlic loaf or seafood chowder for starters, followed by roast pork, sirloin steak or chicken harissa, and warm chocolate mud cake for dessert.
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