Header photo: Mother’s Day brunch dessert platter by Zuma
Whether Mama is staying in or going out this year, she deserves to be celebrated! Here are our top picks for making her feel like the queen she surely is on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, 8 May this year:
Ami’s “fine bistronomie” lunch & dinner menus
Casual fine dining is our preference these days, and one of our favourite spots for this type of elevated yet approachable cuisine is Ami. Executive Chef Nicolas Boutin has cooked up two fab Mother’s Day menus – lunch ($788/person for 4 courses or $988/person for 5 courses) and dinner ($1,188/person for 5 courses or $1,388/oerson for 6 courses) – showcasing seasonal French ingredients. Chef Boutin has ingeniously added a brightly coloured ingredient to each dish to attract Mum’s attention, from the yellow-orange starter of lobster and smoked pike roe, to the main of roasted pigeon with crimson beetroot mousseline, to the coral-pink rose-shaped dessert (pictured above) made up of strawberry Chantilly cream, rhubarb confit and honey ice cream. We recommend booking a table in the lovely outdoor garden area for a fresh change of pace.
aqua luna’s afternoon tea cruise
An afternoon tea experience like no other, book in for the Mother’s Day afternoon tea cruise ($399/adult; $100/child aged 4–11; +$100/glass of Veuve Clicquot) aboard iconic red-sailed junk aqua luna. This being Hong Kong, the teatime treats are not scones and finger sarnies but dim sum bites courtesy of Dim Sum Library, with the yum cha goodies ranging from black truffle shrimp dumplings to rose-shaped buns filled with red bean (veggie options are available upon request). You can set sail from 7–9 May, picking up and dropping off from Central Pier 9 or Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1.
Ask for Alonzo’s pasta + Prosecco
This authentic, easy-going Italian eatery’s four locations on HK Island (Happy Valley, Quarry Bay, SoHo and Tai Hang) have a Mother’s Day special on board that comes with a complimentary glass of Prosecco or Mamma Mia negroni on the 8th – this delicious-looking saffron and crab linguine ($198). Stay tuned for more special treats for mums from the Ask for Alonzo teams on the day including Hair Arte Capelli vouchers for a bit of post-meal pampering.
Bathers’ beachfront lunch
Lunch beside the sea! We can almost hear the lapping waves when we think about indulging in the three-course set lunch menu ($375/person) at Bathers on Lower Cheung Sha Beach. Dig in with Mum to share starters like burrata with tomato, rocket and lemon, Caesar salad and salt-and-pepper squid. There are four options for mains (roast spring chicken, fish and chips, cheeseburger and a spicy eggplant pasta dish), and the Mother’s Day meal concludes with a choice of lemon pavlova or freshly baked chocolate brownie. Then it’s time to hit the beach…
Chilli Fagara’s DIY dumpling kits
For those mums who need a little help in the kitchen, we love Chilli Fagara’s wrap-at-home chilli dumpling kits ($198 for pick-up or $228 via Deliveroo) – a great way to get little ones cooking too. Each kit includes all the fresh ingredients needed to create 10 signature Chilli Fagara dumplings filled with either marinated minced pork or vegan KARANA jackfruit “meat”, along with illustrated wrapping (often the hardest part) and cooking instructions. The Sichuan eatery’s beloved MA and LA sauces are also included, but we recommend kids steering clear of these babies – they’re made with numbing homemade Sichuan peppercorn oil and fresh red chillies. Pre-order until 8 May for delivery via Deliveroo or pick-up at Chilli Fagara. To order from the restaurant, phone 2796 6866, email email@example.com or DM on Facebook or Instagram.
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Feather & Bone’s caviar & champagne pack
Ooh, fancy! Treat your mum to this decadent Mother’s Day caviar & champagne pack ($998), filled to the brim with Oscietra caviar, crème fraiche, blinis and a bottle of Philizot et Fils champers – perfect for an afternoon pampering sesh. This gift set can be ordered online for pick-up or home delivery from late April.
Or, if you choose to dine in at a Feather & Bone restaurant on Mother’s Day, your mama will be treated to a glass of Prosecco on the house.
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HUE’s meals with a view + aromatherapy gift
In addition to its stunning harbour views, your mum will love modern Australian restaurant HUE’s three-course lunch menu ($780/person) or four-course dinner menu ($950/person) this Mother’s Day. The starters options, such as spanner crab with salmon caviar, pickled onion and tomato consommé and roasted courgette with feta crumble and olive fondue, sound light and refreshing, while the mains pack heartier flavours – think Ibérico pork pluma with spiced pineapple, garlic chives and chimichurri and Wagyu sirloin with bone marrow, veal tongue, leek and bordelaise sauce. Mum can take her pick of fruity or nutty for dessert (strawberry and cream cheese mousse red velvet cake with strawberry sorbet or peanut butter parfait with chocolate cream, caramelised banana and cocoa-nib coulis). To top it all off, mothers will be gifted with an Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Mind & Muscles Collection kit ($260 value) for at-home enjoyment later on.
Island Shangri-La’s Bubbles, Blooms & Bliss for Mum staycation
This staycation at Island Shangri-La has it all! The Bubbles, Blooms & Bliss for Mum package (from $3,000/night) is valid for stays between 5–8 May and includes a one-night stay with room upgrade, bottle of bubbly, welcome cake, breakfast for two, $1,000 dining credit, one-on-one bespoke scarf-styling session by FREYWILLE and FREYWILLE Alphonse Mucha silk scarf ($1,050 value) as a takeaway pressie for Mum. Three-day advance reservation is required.
Relish’s Breakfast in Bed delivery
Mother’s Day might just be the only day out of the whole year that mums will be able to enjoy breakfast in bed, and one great option for this brekkie escapade is catering company Relish’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed package ($250/person, with 2-person minimum). This AM feast, delivered in recyclable boxes, comes with an assortment of freshly baked pastries, bacon and egg pie topped with tomato-chilli jam, chia seed, coconut and blueberry pudding, Greek yoghurt with muesli and strawberries and seasonal fruit kabobs. Really want to gild the lily (literally)? Add on a stunning flower bouquet ($500). Order at least 48 hours in advance.
TOASST x Matchali’s Sip & Savour gift set
This collab by wine club TOASST and matcha specialist Matchali will keep your mum sipping happily from sunrise to sunset. The Sip & Savour gift set ($1,580) includes an expertly curated two-bottle wine pack (Feudo Maccari Saia 2018 and Ladeiras do Xil Branco de Santa Cruz 2018) alongside two Matchali tea tins (ceremonial-grade matcha and Japanese artisanal hojicha) and a bamboo whisk for an immersive at-home Mother’s Day experience. Free delivery to HK Island and Kowloon.
Vive Cake Boutique’s Mother’s Day collection
Founder Vivien Lau’s cake creations are always a joy to behold, but this Mother’s Day at Vive, the collection has special meaning, with mothers this year facing even more challenges than usual owing to the ongoing pandemic. Lau says, “Mothers worry the most, so I wanted to offer joy, beauty and a sense of lightness with my cakes and show them how much they are loved and valued.” The beautiful trio of one-pound Mother’s Day cakes includes Perfect MOM-ent ($880), featuring a customisable topping (+$50) of heart-shaped chocolate to crack open, Flores de Amor ($1,280; pictured above), covered in gorgeous seasonal flowers, and the light MOM-believable ($880), where Sultan D24 durian is the star of the show. Delivery throughout Hong Kong, priced from $200.
Zuma’s free-flow brunch
Is Mum a fan of free-flow brunch? Well, we have just the one for her! Ever-popular Japanese restaurant Zuma is putting on a special-edition brunch on Sunday the 8th that can be booked to incorporate 2.5 hours of bottomless bubbly. Highlights of this slap-up Mother’s Day brunch (from $758/adult to include food only; $350/child aged 4–10) include unlimited sushi, sashimi, maki, yakitori and tempura to start, a choice of main (we’re drooling at the sound of the Chilean sea bass with green chilli-ginger dressing) and a whopper of a dessert platter headlined by Valrhona milk chocolate molten cake with raspberry ganache. No need for cooking dinner after this spread…
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