Whether you choose to reward yourself with your girlfriends or want a fancy date night with your other half, don’t let this annual celebration pass you by without some serious food indulgence! We’ve rounded up some of the most tempting Mother’s Day menus on offer across the city.
We’re big fans of AHA’s semi alfresco setting on Wellington Street. It makes the art deco-style restaurant feel very spacious (which we all know is a luxury in Hong Kong) and beautifully bright. So we were delighted to hear that this year the restaurant is pulling out all the stops to offer a good-value, three-course Mother’s Day set menu ($458). All its ingredients are specially sourced for freshness, so there’s a choice of seared king prawns or seared scallops to begin. But it’s the vegetarian shimeji mushroom mille-feuille starter with caramelised onion and ricotta that’s got our tastebuds tingling. Then it’s either sea urchin taglioni, roast chicken or braised Wagyu beef cheeks for main, before rounding off the meal with a delicious sounding homemade orange and almond cake. And just to make sure you have a lasting memory of this special day, the restaurant will take a polaroid picture of you and your dining companions, which will be presented to you in a frame before you leave (now that’s what we call attention to detail!).
Sassy Perk: Don’t forget to quote Sassy Reader to the restaurant to receive a complimentary glass of prosecco with the purchase of every set Mother’s Day menu Just make sure you book because there’s limited availability!
When: Saturday, 11 May and Monday, 13 May, 6pm to 10pm
Where: AHA, G/F, The Wellington, 118 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $458 plus 10% service charge
Contact: 2881 1811, [email protected]
Aulis (the first overseas restaurant from well-reputed British chef, Simon Rogan) demands a special occasion with its limited 12-guest-seating, famed farm-to-table proposition and its $1,480 per head price tag. What better opportunity than Mother’s Day to be truly pampered and get a taste of dishes like beetroot with smoked eel, truffle pudding, five-flavour cod and an exciting combination of stout, molasses and burnt milk.
When: Sunday, 12 May, 7:30pm
Where: Aulis, UG08, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $1,480 per person
Contact: 2817 8383, [email protected]
Aqua’s going all out to make you feel like the Queen Bee with its honey-sweet offerings! Its special “Bee-cause Brunch” has an exclusive dish, Yuba bean curd and Japanese sweet potato with Manuka honey sesame sauce, and includes free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne from 12pm to 3pm. What we’re most interested in trying out though is The Bee’s Knees cocktail ($118) made with Ketel One Vodka, fresh grapefruit, lime juice, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Italicus (which gives a citrusy flavour to the drink), with a hint of rose and lavender.
When: Sunday, 12 May, 12pm to 3pm (cocktails served throughout the day)
Where: Aqua, 29/F & 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: $688 per person
Contact: 3427 2288
On Mother’s Day, you could make your way to BELON, a neo-Parisian bistro with French roots but locally influenced cooking. The restaurant prides itself on its dedication to quality, with a daily changing menu using the freshest, seasonal ingredients. French basics like naturally leavened bread, and roast chicken with pommes anna are made from scratch daily. BELON received one Michelin Star this year besides earning Highest Climber on Asia’s 50 Best, coming in at #15.
When: Sunday, 12 May, 12pm to 2:30pm
Where: BELON, 41 Elgin Street, SoHo, Hong Kong
How much: $458 per head (set menu to be taken by the whole table)
Contact: 2152 2872, [email protected]
If your mum is in town, treat her to an indulgent meal of grilled Spanish specialities at The Optimist this Mother’s Day. Its dinner offering is for groups of four to eight and requires pre-ordering. There are family style starters of broken eggs or “Huevos Rotos”, seafood charcoal baked rice and a selection of mains including the Australian Angus beef Tomahawk and the baked eggplant.
When: Sunday, 12 May
Where: The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $450 per person
Contact: 2433 3324, [email protected]theoptimist.hk
If you have a taste for spicy Indonesian food, Kaum’s dinner offering is worth checking out. We particularly love the Gulai Udang (prawn curry), Nasi Goreng Babi (fried rice with pork belly) and the Kankung Bumbu Belacan (stir-fried morning glory). Every à la carte dinner booking on Mother’s Day includes a complimentary dessert. “Kue cocklat di dalam bulu” is a molten dark chocolate cake that’s cooked in a bamboo tube before being plated alongside a delicious chocolate and coconut ice cream combination.
When: Sunday, 12 May
Where: Kaum, Potato Head, G/F, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: À la carte or set menu for $600 to $800 per couple
Contact: 2858 6066
Exclusively for Mother’s Day, John Anthony is offering a complimentary glass of sparkling rosé when you order the pink lobster har gow special ($90). The first 30 bookings for lunch and dinner also get a lovely bouquet from ANDRSN flowers. John Anthony is sure to appeal to all the environmentally conscious as the focus of the restaurant is as much on sustainability as it is on food, which is Cantonese at heart but with influences of regions along the Spice Route.
When: Sunday, 12 May
Where: John Anthony, Basement Level, Lee Garden Three, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: À la carte
Contact: 2898 3788, [email protected]
For busy mums who want to pair a relaxing lunch with beauty treatments, Kömune is the place to brunch with the family. For three days over the weekend and up until the public holiday on Monday, May 13, its serving a lavish spread, including grilled shrimps, corn fritters, truffled risotto and handmade cakes and tarts (plus, a 90-minute free-flow of house wines and beer). There will be the added bonus of a live band performing on the terrace. The restaurant is also adding on a perk from Benefit Cosmetics as the brand will have a pop-up at the venue on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 where mothers can get their brows waxed and learn makeup tips from experts. They also get to take home a little goodie bag from Benefit Cosmetics.
When: Saturday, 11 May to Monday, 13 May, 12pm to 3pm (Benefit Cosmetics Brow Station pop-up available only on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12)
Where: Kömune, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $398 per person, $199 per child
Contact: 3460 8157, event[email protected]