Some proclaim, everyday should be ‘Mother’s Day’, as mothers and indeed grandmothers, and if you’re lucky enough great-grandmothers, are the matriarchs of so many families. They are tireless, selfless and quite frankly strong women who make sacrifices every day for their families. It goes without saying, that we should be grateful for our mothers. However, in today’s day and age, we have almost become de-sensitise with so many different ‘Special Day’ events that we forget it’s the small things that really matter.
I know my mum will cringe at the mere idea that her kids will try to impress her with a fancy restaurant or an expensive present. No, not my mum, she will instead embark on a lengthy lecture on why we shouldn’t be wasting our money on unnecessary gadgets and what-nots. Then gaze back in time and explain to us kids how difficult it was for her back when she was younger and that she didn’t have such luxuries. I think, in her wisdom to teach us a lesson, all my mom really wants to do is to have the family together and cook a really nice dinner – her way.
At the end of the day, all mothers should be revered and celebrated. Mother’s Day is just another day where we simply say thank you for everything they have done for us and will continue to do. No matter how big or small the gesture, moms will always be happy and proud of their children.
The Couturing team have picked five of their favourite high-tea restaurants to impress their moms (including mine!).
Om Nom Dessert Bar
Located at the Aldephi Hotel, Om Nom provides high-end desserts for the sweet tooth. There is a sense that the desserts coming out of Om Nom is more art than food but do not let that distract from the playfulness in the flavours.
Cost: $65 per person, minimum 2 guests
Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria
03 8080 8827
The Tea Salon
Imported from Sydney to the newly built Emporium Melbourne, the Tea Salon is like stepping into a decadent garden tea party while avoiding Melbourne’s unpredictable weather. Adding to the atmosphere is the uniquely mix-match crockery which adds a sense of Alice in Wonderland whimsical taste.
Cost: From $39-$59per person
Level 2 295 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Victoria
03 8609 8188
The Langham Hotel
It is quintessential high-tea experience with all the trimmings. Make sure you dress to impress as to be sure to look the part. The Langham is most famous for their signature Tiffin High Tea which is served on a traditional three tiered silver stand including scones with Chantilly cream and preserve and twists on old English favourites.
Cost: ‘Mum’s Grand Afternoon Tea’ (located at the Clarendon Ballroom) – $99 adult and 49$ children OR ‘The Chocolate Bar’ – $99 adult and 49$ children (located at the ARIA Bar and Lounge)
1 Southgate Ave Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
03 8696 8888
The Hotel Windsor
Serving traditional high-tea since the late 1800s, learn the proper etiquette of how to hold a tea cup and place your napkin ahead of time via their website. The Hotel Windsor will provide a historical insight to the art of serving traditional English afternoon tea.
Cost: $99 per adult, $65 for children aged between 7 and 12, and $45 for children aged three to six.
111 Spring Street, Melbourne
03 9633 6000
Found in the newly renovated Myer building, the Mural Hall has remained unchanged keeping true to its 1920s style. Enjoy sipping tea in an art deco atmosphere with vintage paintings hanging on the wall.
Cost: $70 per person
6/314-336 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9661 1546