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Three Roasts, Lamb Shank over Deep House, Tacos and Jollof Rice – These Places Have Laid Out Quite the Spread For Mother’s Day
Lunches, brunches and a few dinners for all palates and pockets.
Moms are done with generic gifts of flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day, this year falling on Sunday, 13 May 2018. But they are still falling for lovely lunches in the winelands or brunches by the sea and in the city.
We’ve found a few places that are serving this Sunday’s memorable meals.
NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL MOTHER’S DAY DO
Renowned local chef Ntlalo Jordan is hosting a dinner at Guga S’thebe in Langa to celebrate the community that raised him. And he’s doing it with acclaimed DJ Fosta, also from Langa, who, together with live musicians, will add his own flavour with deep-house beats.
The spread: Chef Jordan is making lamb shank with mash and baby veggies and stuffed chicken breast with a thyme jus.
Price: R200/p and R100 for kids over the age of five.
Time: 17:00 until late
Guga Sthebe | Langa | +27 (0)60 828 5835
A TASTE OF HOME
This Mother’s day lunch at Oude Werf in Stellenbosch might bring on a bit of nostalgia because you might remember these meals from your own mom’s kitchen.
The spread: Three roasts: Lamb, served with gravy and a homemade mint and onion jam; gammon, in honey and treacle sugar with homemade mustard, and succulent free-range chicken. There'll plenty of sides: roasted potatoes, Jollof rice, the fried rice spiced with nutmeg, cumin and ginger, warmed with chili peppers and stirred through with onions and tomatoes, and boereboontjies, mashed potato-and-green-beans side dish with bacon.
Price: R350/p. Bookings can be made for six or more people, so bring along grandparents, and other relatives.
30 Church St | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 887 4608
TREATS IN THE STREETS
We’ve got an exciting alternative to breakfast in bed. Cape Town Culinary Tours invites you to join them for food on foot as they lead you through some of the best eateries in the Cape. Learn about local heritage while tasting your way through the Mother City.
The spread: You’ll visit carefully selected restaurants within the city, including the Butcher Man, Beluga and La Petite Tarte for some outstanding homemade Cape Malay curries.
Price: R899/p. Use our discount code MOTHERSDAYCTMAG for 20% off your ticket.
Time: From 11:00
Ground Floor | Old Warehouse Building | Black River Park | 2 Fir Street | Observatory | +27 (0)87 550 8662
ONE DAY, TWO LUNCHES
Both the Ritz’s restaurants have Mother’s Day lunches. CASA’s Glam Lunch with Mum (filling up quickly), and a seven-course meal at Top of The Ritz, the revolving restaurant, limited to 60.
The spread: At CASA is a lavish lunch with a glass of bubbly and live entertainment. The seven-course lunch up top includes entrées of Knysna Oysters. Mains is choice between grilled sirloin or fresh linefish. Dessert is smoked chocolate mousse.
Price: R295 at CASA and R126/p for kids between 6 and 12. Then R850/p at Top of The Ritz, including a glass of bubbles on arrival.
Time: Glam Lunch with Mum is from 12:00 – 13:00. Top of The Ritz has two seatings only, at 12:00 and 12:45.
Cnr. Main & Camberwell Roads | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 439 6010
TAKE HER TO THE PROS
Where better to treat Mom to a tasty feast than the place that teaches hospitality? The Cape Town Hotel School has a buffet at their Granger Bay campus.
The spread: There are various options, including chicken and chickpea curry and roasted beef sirloin steak with peppered jus.
Beach Rd | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 440 5700
LUNCH ON THE BEACH
Shimmy Beach Club is hosting an a la carte Mother’s Day lunch at an idyllic oceanside setting. To go with the food, wine and sparkling view, there’ll be some other special touches, like the perfume activations by Versace and a complimentary glass of Graham Beck.
The spread: It’s ala carte so all their specialities are on offer, from the black mussels in a garlic and white wine sauce to pizza.
Price: Various as it’s an a la carte menu.
Plus: Shimmy has a specially designated kids area, making it a venue for the whole family. Children can enjoy a jungle gym, sandpit, while adults relax.
12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 200 7778
A HEART-WARMING BUFFET
Enjoy West Coast hospitality with a buffet guaranteed to satisfy winter cravings at Thali Thali Game Lodge, where the food portions are very generous.
The spread: Kick off with a hearty veggie soup and then tuck in to the mains – curry lamb potjie, apricot-glazed gammon, caramelised sweet potato, roast potato and rice. Apple pie with cream is for dessert.
Price: R220 for adults and R110 kids between 5 and 12.
Zoutekuilen Farm | R27 | Langebaan | +27 (0) 82 372 8637
THE ROAST OF ALL ROASTS
Your favourite upscale chicken eatery, Roast & Co., is serving up a glorious Sunday roast on this special day. Take a seat in the cozy fairy-lit courtyard and sip on the complimentary glass of Warwick Estate wine served on arrival.
The spread: Roast & Co. has an impressive menu celebrating the chicken, and there are also unique dishes to share, such as chicken Caesar croquettes and baked camembert.
Price: The menu is a la carte, so prices vary.
98 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town | +27(0)21 424 6372
A THEATRICAL CELEBRATION OF MOM
Looking for something a little dramatic? The three-course meal at Stardust is served by performing waiters. There will be multiple starters, mains and desserts all served to your table.
The spread: A choice of three starters, including, springbok carpaccio and smoked salmon. Mains of slow-roasted lamb ribs and a seafood platter, crayfish tails, prawns... the works. Desserts are chocolate torte, sorbet or creme brulee.
118 Sir Lowry Road | Cape Town, 8001 | +27 (0)21 462 7777
A MEAL WITH A MELODY
Good food and good music make for the perfect duo. Cape Town’s favourite New York-inspired revue bar, The Piano Bar, has a three-course meal for the afternoon (or evening) accompanied by live music from local talents.
The spread: There are meat and vegetarian options for both starters and mains. Choose between lemon basil risotto or pulled lamb tacos to start and beef fillet or spinach and ricotta cannelloni for mains.
Time: 13:00–23:00. Live music will be going from 1pm–3pm and again from 8pm–11pm.
47 Napier Street | De Waterkant | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 1096
RED OR WHITE, MOM GETS A FREE BOTTLE
Observatory’s eclectic and quirky gem of a restaurant and bar, A Touch of Madness, is giving a free bottle of Pandora’s wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Cab Sav, Merlot or Shiraz) for every booking of four or more for Mother’s Day.
The spread: Take your pick from a variety of fresh salads, tacos and burgers.
12 Nuttall Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 4650 | email@example.com
A SEVEN-STATION BUFFET
Kick it up a notch and spoil mom with a dining experience like no other at The Towers restaurant at the Cape Town Marriott Hotel. From baker to butcher, this restaurant is serving it all.
The spread: There’s a salad station with just about any salad you could think up, plus, the choice of mains is nice. Carvery is slow-roasted leg of lamb, chicken, sirloin and then there’s curry, fish stew, stroganoff and more. There are desserts and candy jars filled with macaroons and chocolate truffles
Price: R395/p and R160/p for kids under 12
Time: From 13:00
Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0)21 525 3888 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spacious and charming, The Wild Fig in Obs is catering a delightful Mother’s Day spoil. Enjoy a long, lazy lunch in the courtyard or grab a spot next to the roaring fireplace. Mom’s get a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival.
The spread: Take your pick from a handful of starters, from warthog carpaccio to a steaming pumpkin soup. For mains your choices include crispy duck, kudu medallions and wild mushroom risotto. The selection of desserts sound too good to pass up (there’s a red velvet cheesecake in the mix).
Price: 3-course menu is R315/p and a 2 course menu is R265/p.
Liesbeek Avenue | Valkenberg Estate | Cape Town |+27 (0)21-448 0507
LUNCH WITH A VIEW (AND EXTRA SPOILS)
Tobago’s at the Radisson Blu is a seaside buffet. In addition to the lunch, there’s a cupcake and tea pairing experience. Mom gets wine, a chocolate tasting and spa voucher from Waterford Estate and a gift from Amani Spa.
The spread: The lunch itself is abundant. Starters of snoek, carpaccio and mussels. Mains of roast chicken, beef fillet, green bean bredie, and a towers of desserts: marmalade puddings, pavlova, cakes and macarons. Plus the tea and cupcake pairing.
Price: R425/p and children under 12 eat half price. Children under 3 years eat for free
Radisson Blu Hotel | Beach Rd | Waterfront | +27 (0)21 441 3000
A GRANDE AFFAIR
This one’s all about location. Reserve a table at the exquisite Grande Roche Hotel vineyard in Paarl. The menu, is elegant and refined. The lunch comes with a welcome drink.
The spread: Confit tuna a la nicoise is one starter. There’s an Austrian beef ragout as an option for mains and a rose water-scented saffron risotto creme for dessert.
Plantasie Street | Paarl | +27 (0) 21 863 5100 | email@example.com
CUISINE AND COUTURE
126 Cape Kitchen and Cafe at the Hilton Hotel are offering a Mother’s Day brunch with a touch of glamour. Book and mom will receive a surprise gift from Givenchy on arrival. Plus, she’ll stand a chance to win a Givenchy gift hamper worth R5000.
The spread: There will be a seafood section with salmon and mackerel, a hot buffet with braised beef and grilled linefish masala and loads more to choose from. The cake selection for dessert includes a chocolate milk tart, strawberry cheesecake, an almond and orange and more.
Hilton Cape Town | City Centre | Buitengracht Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3710
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