Give Mom the gift of a gourmet brunch at West for Mother’s Day, available Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p,m. Highlights include crispy confit pork belly with braised kale and pastry chef Rhonda’s chocolate tasting for dessert.
Have a memorable Mother’s Day by making the most of it and heading to Van Dusen Botanical Garden for a walk through 55 acres of trails, lakes and flowers. Listen to live jazz music and capture fond memories at the photo booth at Heron Lake. Bring a picnic lunch, visit a the al fresco pop-up café by Truffles or make a reservation to dine at Shaughnessy Restaurant.
Take a trip to Germany (well, Gastown) for Mother’s Day! Sunday brunch at Bauhaus is à la carte and will be served on May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For dinner, try the Mother's Day tasting menu ($90), which features four courses including white asparagus soup, halibut with potato, duck breast with cauliflower and buttermilk parfait for dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (all mothers will be sent home with a special treat).
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to try Ancora’s new brunch menu, which includes dishes such as Naturally Good Farm chicken and waffles with spiced syrup, avocado purée, house bacon and botanical greens ($16), alongside the signature steelhead trout benny, which comes with cornbread, poached eggs, organic pea shoots, smoked hollandaise and a smoked paprika emulsion. Brunch is available on Sunday May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Treat mom to brunch or lunch at Minami. The special menu ($35) includes aburi sushi, a choice of mains such as kale caesar or sake casu miso sablefish and dessert of Jasmine Tea Tiramisu with strawberry balsamic ice cream, fresh berries, cherry reduction and strawberry tuile.
Treat mom to a delicious brunch and picturesque views of English Bay this Mother’s Day at the Beach Bay Cafe. The restaurant will be serving regular Sunday brunch with a feature of scallops benny for $24, along with several other tasty seafood dishes and bottomless mimosas ($15). Reservations are highly recommended. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Feast on free brownies at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.
Forget brownie points, you can score mom an actual brownie at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Purchase a lunch or brunch entree from the Kitsilano, Main Street or Park Royal food court locations on Sunday, May 8 to get a sweet treat for mom. All of the outlets are kid-friendly, so it’s a smart choice for young families looking for a brunch option.
Treat mom to a classic brunch at Hawksworth Restaurant. Special features for Mother’s Day include a Benny with Dungeness crab and spring asparagus on grilled sourdough with shellfish hollandaise ($30) and a dessert of verine with vanilla, strawberry and pistachio ($12). Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m.
Transport mom to Paris for the day with a High Tea at the newly opened Laduree. Afternoon tea costs $40 per person and includes madeline, financier, three macarons, yoghurt, salade de fruits, and Laduree tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Drawing inspiration from the 18th century, the Laduree tea salon features beautiful panels with allegorical depictions of the four seasons across the walls. Rose and almond green-hued furniture, Lyre back chairs and small floral benches are arranged around cream wooden tables topped with Carrara marble for a sophisticated tea with the family.
Treat mom to Tea at the Top of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., $59 adults, $29.50 kids); Mother’s Day Brunch at Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim with build-your-own omlettes and a pop-up cake shop ($89); or a Mama Mia Pasta Dinner at Fairmont Waterfront on May 7 ($54, $27 for kids under 12, free for kids under five).
Take home a Mother’s Day treat box at Beaucoup Bakery
Bring afternoon tea to your mom with an exclusive Beaucoup Bakery Mother’s Day treat box ($55). Featuring four Parisian-inspired pastries, housemade jam, and Bellocq tea bags, the gift set also includes a Mother’s Day card by local calligrapher Sheryl Chan of Blush Type and a small flower bouquet by local floral designer The Wild Bunch. Pre-orders are welcome with 24 hours advance notice. Pick up on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Limited quantities also available on Mother’s Day.
Faubourg Paris, Vancouver’s trio of boulangeries-patisseries, recently revamped its afternoon tea menu to include unique tea-infused sweet treats such as Earl Grey or camomile tea-infused madeleine and lychee oolong mousse tart. Treat mom to a two-tiered tea with savoury bites and an exquisite selection of Mariage Frères Teas at Faubourg Kerrisdale. Pick up a take-home treat of a chocolate cup made of pâte sucrée, filled with honey financier, caramel mousse, fresh blueberries and chocolate crumble (pictured). Afternoon tea is daily 12 to 5 p.m. from May 7.
Experience al fresco afternoon tea at the Shangri-la
Treat mom to an extra special afternoon tea at the Shangri-la Hotel on May 8. Held in the hidden gem sixth-floor heated outdoor terrace, the palm-tree-lined retreat is the perfect setting for a unique afternoon out. Guests can enjoy views of the North Shore mountains as well as live music courtesy of Vancouver based harpist, Janelle Nadeau. Executive Chef Ken Nakano and his team of expert pastry chefs have created a lavish afternoon tea tower with savoury items such as: Smoked Sockeye Salmon Bagels with Lemon Caper Cream Cheese and sweets such as Lavender Cupcake with Vanilla Cream. Exclusively available on May 8 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ($60 per person, children’s tea $30)
The whole family should be happy with a choice of old favourites like chicken and waffles and new treats such as French toast with bananas, rum, salted caramel and blueberry compote, or a savoury indulgence of Lobster Benedict with mushroom and leek white-wine cream sauce. All moms leave with a special treat. Joe Fortes is serving brunch from 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 8.
Boulevard's executive chef Alex Chen’s three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu ($59 per person) includes appetizer courses such as artichoke and burrata salad and Snake River Farm Wagyu beef carpaccio, as well as mains including traditional eggs Benedict and Italian sausage meatballs cocotte. Guests can treat mom to a gourmet three-course dinner for $65 per person, which features starters such as Sawmill Bay oysters and white asparagus salad, along with mains like classic chicken coq au vin and ‘Mama’s Sunday Roast’ with slow-cooked prime stripling. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 8.
Ooh la la, moms eat for free on Sunday, May 8 at Jules Bistro. Each table will receive one complimentary brunch dish from the menu of French favourites such as moules frites, breakfast cassoulet and salad nicoise. Brunch from 11:30 a.m.
Thank mom for everything she does with a special meal just for her
Get Mom a mimosa at Sai Woo
From cashew pancakes and daily congee to eggs Benny and mixed green salad, Sai Woo’s brunch menu will give mom plenty of choices. Every mother coming in for brunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 or Sunday, May 8 will receive a complimentary mimosa upon arrival.
Amy Watkins is a British writer who fell in love with Vancouver when she visited on an assignment and then moved here. She writes about travel for national UK publications and writes BCLiving's weekly events column.