Mother’s Day looks a bit different this year – no treating mum to a restaurant meal or celebrating with the extended family – but you can still make her feel like a queen while social distancing, especially once house visits of up to two people are allowed from May 1.
We’ve created a guide to Australian-made and designed gifts for mum this year, but if you fancy throwing a meal into the mix (and avoiding the washing up), consider spending money with some top Sydney eateries for a real treat.
A three-course feast from Three Blue Ducks – $60 per person (minimum of two)
Spoil mum with a restaurant-quality meal worthy of a Masterchef judge, pretty much ready to go, with minimal extra cooking required.
It starts with sourdough from Iggy’s, alongside a smoked-fish rillette and burrata with macadamia and beetroot. Mum can take her pick of mains – there’s slow-roasted lamb shoulder, whole baked snapper, chilli-glazed roast chicken or whole chermoula cauliflower.
If mum fancies a tipple with lunch, add on a bottle of sparkling wine and cold-pressed orange juice for a DIY Mimosa ($33), or a wine and beer package (from $35).
Or a Three Blue Ducks brekkie box – $100
Start mum’s day right with a hamper of breakfast goodies guaranteed to make her morning. Inside she’ll find a bottle of chardonnay, croissants and sourdough from Iggy’s, cold-pressed OJ, fresh strawberries and grapes, house-made jam with mixed berries and Davidson plum, cultured butter, Chow Cacao chocolate, and the Blue Ducks in the Country cookbook.
Orders for both the feast and breakfast box close at 2pm on Wednesday May 6, with delivery and pick-up from Three Blue Ducks Bronte available on Saturday May 9 or Sunday May 10.
Breakfast in bed (with flowers) from Pepe Saya, Merna’s Crumpets and Mr Cook – from $95
Last month Sydney cult butter maker Pepe Saya and Carriageworks stallholder Crumpets by Merna released a sell-out brekkie box with hand-churned cultured butter and artisan sourdough crumpets. Now they’ve partnered with Alexandria florist Mr Cook for a chocolate version paired with blooms for Mother’s Day.
The pack includes six chocolate crumpets, jars of Pepe Saya maple butter and mascarpone, and a bar of Zokoko chocolate. There are two options for flowers: $95 will get mum a bouquet of either roses, tulips or chrysanthemums, while $185 will get a bouquet of pastel-hued mixed seasonal and locally grown blooms and foliage.
The Breakfast in Bed Mother’s Day set can be ordered via Mr Cook, with free delivery Sydney-wide. Orders must be placed by Sunday May 3 for delivery on May 9.
Made for Mum cheese hamper from Simon Johnson – $99
You know a cheese platter’s bound to be good when it comes from a renowned gourmet provedore with a purpose-built fromagerie. Purveyor of fine goods Simon Johnson has put together a spread of premium edible delights for mum’s night in, with two cheeses and all the fixings.
Each hamper comes with Woombye Cheese triple-cream brie and Marcel Petit Comté, as well as smoked salmon, olive-oil grissini, chicken liver pate, rosemary crackers, fruit jam, butter, fruit loaf and chocolate. Add in a chic serving board so she can graze in style.
Pre-orders for the Made for Mum cheese hamper are now open, with delivery scheduled for Thursday May 7, Friday May 8 and Saturday May 9.
Roast dinner box from Pomelo Online – $179
From the team behind New York-inspired cafe Bowery Lane, new meal-delivery service Pomelo Online is helping you pamper mum with a hearty, comforting meal.
The roast-dinner box can feed four to five people, and includes braised lamb shoulder with pomegranate molasses, quinoa tabouleh, roast chat potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, baked berry cheesecake, a cheese board and a bottle of sparkling pinot noir chardonnay – a classic Sunday roast, with added panache.
Order cut-offs depend on your delivery area and preferred date. In Sydney there’s a flat delivery fee of $20.
Mother’s Day lunch by Porteño – $70 per person (minimum of two)
Sydney’s favourite South American diner doesn’t deliver, so this gift requires a bit of extra legwork. The Porteño crew is cooking up a fiesta of slow-baked salmon; roast lamb shoulder with chimichurri; crispy fried brussels sprouts; braised white beans with sweet peppers; potato and cauliflower bake; and an apple, pear and rhubarb crumble for a sweet finish. It’s also got a tight selection of affordable wines to match with your meal.
Orders close on Thursday May 7, with the lunch available for pick-up between 11am and 12pm on Sunday May 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8399 1440 to order.
Mother’s Day hampers and wine packs by One Penny Red – from $145
As with Porteño, this Summer Hill restaurant doesn’t deliver, but it’s offering three food hampers that feed up to four people, and two booze packages so you can take your pick of what to bring to mum’s.
There’s a brunch menu ($145) with polenta pancakes, sugar-cured bacon, maple syrup, cultured butter, granola, labneh and spiced fruits. Or if you’re heading over for lunch, bring a spread ($225) of smoked salmon; tiger prawns with tartare sauce; baby cos wedges; tabouli; flatbread; and an orange and almond cake with mascarpone mousse. There’s even a vegetarian option ($185), with charred cauliflower, baked gnocchi with Napoletana sauce, two salads and the orange-almond cake.
Pair your hamper with a booze pack of three wines plus all the ingredients you need for a DIY Aperol spritz session, or a more upscale wine pack featuring three premium drops.
Orders close at 12pm on Tuesday May 5, with the Mother’s Day hampers and wine packs available for pick-up between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday May 9.
Mother’s Day Box by Barrel One – $80
If you live northside, this might be the pick of the bunch. Barrel One Coffee Roasters has put together a box full of treats perfect for our current isolation situation. It includes a petite bunch of flowers, a loaf of sourdough and two croissants by Staple, Tatura butter, two avocados, lemon, orange juice, and the option of 250 grams of Double Roasters coffee, should you want to fill mum’s house with the aroma of home brew in the morning.
Orders close at 12pm Friday May 8, with contactless delivery between 6.30am and 8.30am on the day.