Mother’s Day is almost here. Don’t delay, book a celebratory meal at one of these excellent eateries

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (this Sunday the 9th of May), and we would hate for you to miss out on all the delicious Mother’s Day offers being put on by some of Auckland’s best restaurants. Whether you’re looking to take mum out for a special lunch or an intimate dinner, these are the places to book now to show your mum (or the person who has fulfilled that role) just how much you love and appreciate them.

Soul Bar & Bistro
Show Mum some love by booking a table for dinner at this Viaduct Harbour hotspot on Mother’s Day. In celebration of the most important women in our lives, Soul will be offering a special three-course menu with dishes like truffle and cheese doughnuts with gruyère cheese sauce, prawn and saffron risotto with nduja and lime, and passionfruit curds with pistachio meringue. At only $65 per person, it’s hardly surprising that Soul’s lunchtime spots are already fully booked, so if dinner is on the cards, we suggest securing your table sooner rather than later.
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From left: Esther’s crushed vacherin with strawberry and rhubarb compote will feature for dessert; Siso’s spinach pie.

Esther at QT
Treat the most important woman in your life to a Mediterranean feast at the QT Auckland. Between 11am and 2pm on Mother’s Day, the hotel’s lauded restaurant Esther is offering a three-course, set menu of designed-to-share dishes from $99 per person. From starters like taramasalata and baked saganaki to mains like Te Anau saffron llnguine and Leigh line-caught snapper and a suite of tasty desserts to finish, the food is set to be a seriously delicious affair and if all that wasn’t enough, Mum will be treated to a crisp flute of Sgroppino on the house.
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Remuera’s newest hot-spot is offering a delightful lunch experience for mum with a $65-per-head, three-course, set menu. Comprising a line-up of delicious dishes like a spicy braised lamb with flatbread, hung yoghurt and dukkah, a spinach pie with goat feta, filo, toasted walnuts and brown butter and a mushroom risotto with mascarpone and pecorino, this is promising to be one tasty affair. End lunch on a high note with a serving of Siso’s decadent tiramisu or upgrade the experience to $80 per-person to enjoy a crisp glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne with your meal.
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From left: Lobster & Wagyu; Onemata’s purple kumara ravioli with braised short ribs.

Azabu Ponsonby & Mission Bay
Mother’s Day at Azabu is promising to be a tasty affair, with both the Ponsonby and Mission Bay locations putting on special Omakase set menus for lunch and dinner. (Not usually open for lunch, Azabu Ponsonby will be making an exception for the occasion.) Designed by chef Yukio Ozeki, the menu is promising a line-up of delectable Asian dishes and delicate, flavoursome bites and will prove the perfect way to mark this special day.
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Celebrate the day with a delectable Mother’s Day lunch at the Park Hyatt’s lauded restaurant, Onemata. Offering a three-course experience with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV for $95 per person, this waterfront dining spot is the place to be this Sunday (and its tables are filling up fast). On the menu, dishes like wok-roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon jam and nori hokey pokey and cauliflower caponata with Dusty Apron sourdough, sit alongside ones like purple kumara ravioli with braised short ribs, and a divine coastal spring lamb. Dessert is set to be a tantalising affair too with diners able to choose between a citrus roulade, a dedadent chocolate bar or a raspberry and burnt-buttermilk creation.
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Lobster & Wagyu
There’s nothing like a high tea to really give a special occasion the kind of pomp and ceremony it deserves. As such, Lobster & Wagyu’s special, Mother’s Day high tea is set to be one of the best ways to treat Mum this Mother’s Day. For $75 per person, enjoy a crisp flute of Moët Rosé followed by a line up of delicious bites to choose from, including Lobster & Wagyu’s famous Wagyu katsu sando, a mini hot buttered lobster roll, a mini classic lobster roll and a mini chop salad. End the afternoon on a high note with a selection of sweet treats and vanilla scones with jam.
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Euro’s Hawke’s Bay lamb neck.

Euro Bar and Restaurant
From 12pm until 4pm on Mother’s Day, Euro will be putting on a special, three-course menu, and it’s set to be a doozy. Starting with a crisp flute of Mumm ‘Grand Cordon’ Champagne, diners will be treated to dishes like Yellowtail kingfish with coconut, finger lime, taro and coriander, succulent Hawke’s Bay lamb neck, fresh market fish with hassle back potatoes and a Chocolate crostata with Valrhona Manjari chocolate fondant, salted caramel mousse and Koko Samoa. This is one you don’t want to miss out on.
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Celebrate Mum and all she does at this Herne Bay favourite, where a specially-designed, three-course menu will be available from 12pm until 5pm for $95 per person. Diners will enjoy a glass of Champagne Mumm Rosé on arrival before being invited to indulge in a menu where they can choose from dishes like burrata with confit leek, walnut cream and crostini, risotto with mushroom and truffle, First Light wagyu picanha and of course, Andiamo’s famous truffle fries and tiramisu.
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From left: Smoked kahawai with wakame rosti and a slow poached egg from Kingi’s brunch menu; Isadia Floral.

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of flowers on Mother’s Day? For this special occasion, Britomart restaurant Kingi has partnered with local florist Isadia Floral who will have beautiful bouquets for sale in the laneway adjoining the restaurant and The Hotel Britomart. Kingi will have its full, delicious a la carté breakfast menu available, and you can reserve both your table and a bouquet from Isadia by booking through Kingi’s website.

Botswana Butchery
One of our favourite waterfront spots, Botswana Butchery will be offering its famous hospitality and indulgent à la carte menu this Mother’s Day and will even be popping bottles of Champagne Mumm for only $99 to mark the occasion. Be sure to secure your table for lunch or dinner now, and give Mum the kind of afternoon she deserves.
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The Engine Room
From the flute of Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Champagne on arrival to the delicious, three-course menu (plus a tasty amuse bouche) The Engine Room is marking Mother’s Day in its signature, celebratory style. Offering a menu that includes the restaurant’s famous twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé, followed by its (equally famous) duck confit and wrapped up with a serving of profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce, The Engine Room is proving why it will always be one of our favourite places to celebrate a special occasion.
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Culprit’s chicken liver parfait donuts.

Indulge in a culinary extravaganza this Mother’s Day with Culprit’s set-menu lunch. For $80 per person, enjoy a raft of Culprit’s innovative dishes including the likes of mussel and kumara fritters, chicken liver parfait donuts, pressed lamb shoulder with kasundi and a selection of delectable sweet treats. Set to be a tantalising taste sensation (and sure to be popular) we suggest securing your spot without delay.
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Paris Butter
Why not opt for something a little fancy for your mum this Mother’s Day? Fine-dining favourite, Paris Butter is putting on a five-course degustation lunch (complete with a glass of Champagne) for $160 per person, and it really is one of the best ways to show your mum, or that special woman in your life, that you appreciate her.
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SPQR’s Mother’s Day menu includes the likes of scampi tail salad and eye-fillet carpaccio.

This Ponsonby Road stalwart is serving up a satiating, $55-per-head, three-course meal for Mother’s Day, and we’re predicting it will be popular. The offer spans both lunch and dinner and comprises a comprehensive menu of delicious SPQR dishes, from classic starters (think eye-fillet carpaccio or seared scallops) to satiating mains (think West Coast whitebait fritters or home-made pappardelle with bolognese) and of course, a line-up of obligatory desserts (we’ve got our eye on the tiramisu).
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Get Mother’s Day off to the best start with Lillius’ unique, four-course degustation brunch. Bookings will run from 11am until 4pm and the $75-per-head menu will boast a breakfast-y theme as Lillius takes the idea of the classic Mother’s Day breakfast to new heights.
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