Where to eat on Mother's Day

by Kate Milliken / 08 May, 2018
Homestead cafe crumpet

The crumpets at Homestead cafe are a must-try.

The non-chocolate food guide to Mother's Day

Do away with obvious, throw-away gifts and take Mum for a meal she’ll remember.

Lunch and art at Pah Homestead

Located at the end of a grand, tree-lined road nestled in Monte Cecilia Park, this is a peaceful place to enjoy a leisurely lunch with Mum this Sunday. The heritage building is home to Homestead cafe offering comforting, classic dishes invented by executive chef and food writer Sam Mannering. The homemade crumpets are a must-try, with a range of sweet and savoury topping options. After lunch, take a look around the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, a rotating collection of 8000 contemporary works with a commitment to nurturing emerging talent.

Homestead Cafe
72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough
8am-5pm

Shop and eat at the Pukekohe and Clevedon markets

Pukekohe Country Market

The second-ever Pukekohe Country Market is going to be dedicated to all the mums out there. With a selection of arts, crafts, and jewellery as well as a comprehensive array of food and drink caravans, we’re confident your mum will love her day in the country perusing what the market has to offer.

Sun 13 May, 10am-2pm
Pukekohe A&P Grounds
58 Station Rd
Pukekohe

Clevedon Village Farmers Market

Breathe in some country air at the Clevedon Village Farmers Market. There’s a range of seasonal offerings from local suppliers including Clevedon Valley Buffalo Company, Hermon Bagels, and much more. While you’re in that neck of the woods, the Clevedon Coast Oysters Shop is just ten minutes away and offers fresh oysters and views over the water at Waitawa Regional Park.

Sun 13 May, 8.30am-1pm
Clevedon Showgrounds
107 Monument Rd
Clevedon

Amano

Tortellini from Amano.

Lunch at Amano

Splash out on fresh pasta made by the skilled hands of chefs Jo Pearson and Andrew Hanson at inner-city bistro Amano. The restaurant's exposed beams, dried flowers and mother of pearl accents create a chic setting in which to eat simple but thoughtful dishes from the Italian-inspired menu. 

Amano
66-68 Tyler St
Britomart

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Brunch at Buoy

Its nautical style and seaside location makes Buoy a great place to enjoy brunch with a view. If it’s a sunny day the extensive outdoor seating is the perfect place for some food, and perhaps a Bloody Marina (their version of a Bloody Mary), beside the moored yachts. The menu runs through creamy balsamic mushrooms on toast to eggs Benedict. The kumara sourdough toast, which you can have with a variety of toppings such as coronation chicken, is a satisfying lunch option. After brunch, go for a walk around the Westhaven Promenade – if you haven’t eaten enough to render yourself immobile, continue over the Jacobs Ladder pedestrian bridge over the motorway and explore Victoria Park and Wynyard Quarter.

Buoy
141-151 Westhaven Drive
Westhaven Marina
7am-4pm

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Sculptureum sculpture walk

Matakana’s Sculptureum is an art, food and wine experience developed by Anthony and Sandra Grant, comprised of their own personal art collection. Sculptureum sprawls over 10 hectares with three art-filled gardens, six galleries, a vineyard, function centre and restaurant – the perfect place to get a cultural and culinary fix with Mum this Mother’s Day. Afterwards, delight in food sourced from local producers at Rothko Restaurant. The menu is designed to showcase the best food the area has to offer.

$40 pp. Bookings required.
Sculptureum
40 Omaha Flats Rd
Matakana

The Hunting Lodge Winery & Restaurant

The Hunting Lodge, which formerly served as a cellar door and venue, recruited celebrated ex-Clooney chef Des Harris last year and refreshed their restaurant. The seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu reflects Harris’ trademark skill of sauces, parfaits and charcuterie; the duck liver parfait with duck ham and feijoa chutney is a particular highlight. The restaurant is housed in a manicured cottage which dates back to 1868 and there’s also a newer, deli-style cafe, where you can grab a sweet treat, cheese platter or fresh sandwich and eat it on a picnic blanket on the lawn.

The Hunting Lodge
305-307 Waikoukou Valley Road
10am – 5pm

Chateaubriant

French bakery-cafe Chateaubriant is the perfect place to collect some authentic French food, from almond croissants to beef bourguignon pie. Located in scenic Devonport, why not get an assortment of delectable baked goods and eat them overlooking the water at historical North Head? If the weather isn’t permitting, there’s space in the character-filled cafe to enjoy the food, too. 

Chateaubriant
87 Vauxhall Road
Devonport
8am-4.30pm 

Lunch at Top 50 Cheap Eat Zool Zool

Mount Eden’s Zool Zool is a great casual lunch and dinner spot. Celebrate Mother's Day early and go on Saturday - it's closed Sundays. The focus here is ramen, and chef Kazuya Yamauchi (of Metro Top 50 Restaurant Kazuya) and his team make the noodles and broth daily, but there are also izakaya snacks and a great drinks list too. We love the Tantan ramen in a sesame chilli broth – the perfect balance between sweet and salty. 

Zool Zool
405 Mt Eden Rd
Mt Eden Village
Saturday lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm

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