Let’s get the sentimental stuff out of the way first. Sure, she may nag, embarrass and drive you downright mad at times, but most of us have a special place in our hearts for our mothers, who’ve been there for us through thick and thin, nursed us when we’ve been feeling poorly and cooked us meals, night after night. We think being a good mum is perhaps the world’s toughest job – and one that doesn’t receive the credit it deserves. So, as this year’s Mother’s Day rolls around, we grateful daughters and sons here at Foodie have tracked down the finest epicurean offers out there to pamper these very special women in our lives. In no particular order:

GLOHS semi-buffet at Feast

At brunch on Sunday, 13 May and dinner on either Saturday, 14 May or Sunday, 14 May (two seatings: 5:45pm and 8:30pm), treat your mum to not only a bountiful semi-buffet spread of antipasti, seafood on ice, salads and desserts + choice of main course but also gifts courtesy of GLOHS, an organic, all-natural Canadian skincare brand. Complimentary hand massages and specially priced GLOHS beauty sets will also be available. $548 per person (50% off for kids 12 and under).

1/F, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, 3968 3777, feastreservations@east-hongkong.com

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A symphony of eclairs from L’Éclair de Génie

The it girl (or boy?) of the pastry world, L’Éclair de Génie’s creative cream-filled choux oblongs have some new MD additions this year. Priced at $48 each, the fruity, floral flavours – vanilla cassis, cherry hojicha, cherry rose and vanilla peach – are as pretty as a picture and would make for a great gift box set. Click here for L’Éclair de Génie locations.

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Brunch by the Shore

Setting up shop on Shore’s stunning outdoor terrace, this special Mother’s Day edition of Brunch by the Shore showcases a bounty of fresh, delectable brunch goodies, from salad bar, egg and waffle stations and a meat-laden grill to mimosa and lemonade stands. The party is scheduled for 12–4pm on Sunday the 14th. Price: $680 for adults (non-mums!), $480 for mothers and kids under 10 eat for free. Free-flow Veuve-Clicquot champers included (well, not for the kiddies, natch).

3/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2915 1638

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Nourishing brunch and wellness class at The Restaurant by The Kinnet

Nestled within wellness centre The Kinnet, this restaurant will be nourishing your mother’s body and soul come Mothers Day. From 10am–6pm on the 13th and 14th of May, treat your dear ol’ mum to a three-course brunch for only $300/person. The menu features tasty, feel-good sharing plates (ricotta pancakes with mixed berries, house-made granola with yoghurt and figs with Parma ham), a choice of main (from avo eggs Benny and smoked salmon bagel to breakfast spaghetti and baked fish of the day) and a dessert platter, plus coffee or tea. A complimentary group wellness class ($250 value) is included in the brunch price. If you head to The Kinnet on the 13th (11am–5pm), you and your mum can take part in the Redesigning Your Life series of talks on women’s health and beauty courtesy of the non-profit Women Helping Women Hong Kong. Two talks or classes led by industry experts are priced at $680, to include a take-home goodie bag. To book for the wellness day, phone 2562 2899 or email gina.li@whwhk.org.

3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, 3968 7623

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Dalloyau’s pastry beauties

This newest branch of historic French patisserie Dalloyau is now open at SOGO in Causeway Bay (with three other boutiques located at Harbour City and Pacific Place), and in celebration, Pastry Chef Ken Thomas has crafted a selection of pretty pastries with Mother’s Day in mind. These include champagne rose macarons ($24 each), a rose- and raspberry-flavoured Religieuse ($58) and the Pétales Fruités ($238) – a showstopping heart-shaped vanilla cream cake layered with raspberry and blueberry marmalade, chestnut biscuits and Breton shortbread. Merci!


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Cheese wheel cakes by Feather & Bone

No, not cheesecake – but cheese cake (that space is critical). In this case, Feather & Bone’s customisable (and, frankly, genius) cheese wheel cakes are comprised of stacks of cheese wheels of your choice. Though originally designed for weddings and big events, mini cheese wheel cakes ($290) are available, perfect for any cheese connoisseur mums out there. These can be customised with the fromage of your choice. Order online, email info@featherandbone.com.hk or phone 2836 3789.

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Mercato’s brunch and family-style dinner

On 13 and 14 May for $650 a head, let your mama have the night off with a family-style set dinner crafted by Chef Anthony Burd. Eight courses – from burrata with lemon jam and basil, to black truffle pizza, to lobster and shrimp ravioli, to strawberry St Honoré – will leave you all feeling suitably stuffed. Mercato’s delectable brunch is also on offer over the MD weekend, with the addition of four special dishes – the lobster Benedict ($348) sounds the most decadent. Free-flow drink packages from $198/person.

8/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central, 3706 8567

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Italian brunch and goodies from Spasso

Always a Foodie fave for its lavish Italian semi-buffet brunch, Spasso is offering lots of extras on the 14thPolaroid cameras and film for memento-making (old school all the way), gift vouchers from Pagoda and Yeechoo, tea packs from Praynaym and lucky draw opportunities. Brunch is priced from $398 per person depending on main course choice, with free-flow packages starting at $168.

G5–8, 12–17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, TST East, 2730 8027

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CIRQLE’s rosé-themed brunch

If you’re headed Southside on Mother’s Day, CIRQLE’s brunch at Ovolo Southside is a stellar option, featuring a chilled buffet salad bar, hearty main courses and a smorgasbord of desserts. $290 for adults, $180 for children aged 12–15 and kids under 12 eat free. A two-hour free-flow beverage package is yours for $290, to include Palm Rosé, white and sparkling wines and Pimms Cup cocktails. Parties of 6 or more get complimentary rosé cocktails.

4/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 3460 8157, outlets.southside@ovologroup.com

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Omacasa (geddit?) brunch at TokyoLima

One of our top openings of the year to date, cool new-kid-on-the-block TokyoLima presents a vibrant four-course Nikkei (read: Japanese-Peruvian) brunch for $398 per person from noon until 2:30pm on the 14th (free-flow package +$180). All mums will receive a fruity and floral Mum’s the World cocktail, made with cherry blossom, acai liqueur, Prosecco and lychee.

UG/F, 18–20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152

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Sunday roast at Rhoda

In tribute to Chef Nate Green’s beloved grandmother, for whom this hot-to-trot restaurant is named, comes Rhoda’s three-course set lunch on the 14th, served from noon until 3pm for $348 per person. The star of the show is Chef Green’s wild Hereford strip loin with Yorkshire pudding, roast spuds and all the trimmings. Kids 8 and under get a complimentary main course and dessert from the children’s menu.

G/F, Upton, 345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2177 5050

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Collaboration with Clarins at Cobo House

Embracing the farm-to-table philosophy, Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar’s Mother’s Day menu showcases many of the herbs and edible plants harvested from the restaurant’s own rooftop garden. The four-course lunch and dinner menu on the 14th – featuring the likes of crab and tomato velouté, the unique combination of prawn with popcorn and habanero and Australian beef tenderloin with foie gras brûlée and black truffle Parmesan foam. This being superstar Singaporean pastry chef Janice Wong’s restaurants means that the sweets section is the pinnacle of the menu, with the cheesecake espuma and her signature chocolate bonbons the highlights. The MD menu is priced at $598 per person, inclusive of a Clarins gift box for every mum ($180 retail value).

8 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, 2656 3088

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This is an oldie but goodie; we never grow tired of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s creative Japanese cuisine – plus the InterCon’s harbour views are hard to beat. The options are many and varied this Mother’s Day at NOBU. There’s a five-course set lunch on the 14th from noon until 2:30pm ($648 per person or $848 to include unlimited champagne and sake; mini set for kids under 11 at $300) and an eight-course omakase dinner menu ($1,188 per person). But the best of the bunch for us is the Japanese afternoon T-Set, offered on the 13th and 14th, with an abundance of savoury (umami) and sweet treats. Go for the Simply T-Set ($528 for 2) – with a choice of Rishouen green tea, matcha drinks or coffee – or, if your mum doesn’t mind getting a bit tipsy, the Fizzy T-Set ($868 for 2), which includes glasses of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut.

2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, TST, 2313 2323

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Mad Hatter afternoon tea party at Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

Launching on Mother’s Day, take your mama on a journey down the rabbit hole with this hidden speakeasy’s Alice in Wonderland–inspired afternoon tea set. Priced at $498 for two, the set includes coffee/tea and an array of playful, innovative sweet and savoury treats, from the Tick Tock Roll (Boston lobster roll), to the Queen of Tarts (matcha tart), to the Cheshire carrot cake. Since Dr Fern is a gin expert, we recommend throwing caution to the wind and upgrading to a gin and tonic for $50 – on the house for all mums on Mother’s Day. Tea served daily between 2–5pm.

Shop B31A, B1/F, LANDMARK ATRIUM, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2111 9449

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Stephanie Pliakas is the Digital Editor of Foodie. From Michelin-starred fine-dining to the local comfort-food eats dished out at cha chaan tengs, she has immersed herself in the 852’s ever-changing food scene since making Hong Kong her home more than a decade ago. When Stephanie is not devouring something delicious, she’s cooking and baking up a storm at home (whilst listening to true crime podcasts).

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