Where to eat on Mother's Dayby Kate Milliken
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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.
72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough
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
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
107 Monument Rd
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.
66-68 Tyler St
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.
141-151 Westhaven Drive
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.
40 Omaha Flats Rd
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
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.
87 Vauxhall Road
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.
405 Mt Eden Rd
Mt Eden Village
Saturday lunch: 11.30am-2.30pm
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