Mother’s Day Dining Guide 2019

Celebrate Mom by treating her to delectable dishes and sweet delights at these B.C. eateries

Celebrate Mom by treating her to delectable dishes and sweet delights at these B.C. eateries

1. Burdock and Co.

Toast one exceptional woman with the work of another. Chef Andrea Carlson encourages families to spend a little time at the table at Mount Pleasant’s Burdock and Co. with a delicious brunch. With dishes that strike a balance between traditional and modern, and offerings for everyone from vegans to carnivores, the farm-to-table menu includes a two-course meal with petits fours, coffee and tea.
Burdock & Co., 2702 Main Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $40 per person; Reservations online

2. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café

Take a special treat over to Mom’s with one of the sweet confections dreamed up by Thierry Busset at Thierry. The passion fruit rum baba showcases fresh tropical fruits atop a passion fruit cream-filled brioche, available in sizes from individual to large with prices ranging from $8.25 to $52.95. Orders are being taken now, with pick-ups from May 10th to 12th.
Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Café, 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver; Details online

3. Caffé La Tana

Celebrate la madre over fresh pasta at Caffé La Tana. After dining, browse shelves stocked with goods for home cooking. Gift boxes perfect for Mother’s Day giving include items like olive oil, recipe cards and more. Additionally, fresh cut flowers will be available for purchase on Sunday, May 12th, and a pop-up collaboration with Grain Handmade will be in store.
Caffé La Tana, 635 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; Sunday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Cardero’s

Harbour-side favourite Cardero’s launches its new Sunday brunch with a Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 12th. Continuing Sundays throughout the year and available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the new option includes a selection of savoury new items in addition to the popular lunch menu, among them: Mediterranean eggs served with house-made hummus, avocado, tomato, feta and warm pita bread; smoked steelhead salmon latke topped with fresh arugula, roasted tomato and hollandaise sauce; and Avocado Smash, a modern classic with poached egg, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and arugula served atop grilled Italian cheese bread. The bar team will also be mixing mimosas and other favourites.
Cardero’s, 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver; Reservations online

5. The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge

Considering a getaway to beautiful Rossland for Mother’s Day weekend? North America’s newest mountainside resort, The Josie Hotel, is dishing up specials as well. At the hotel’s on-site restaurant, chef Marc-André Choquette and his acclaimed culinary team will host a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet, featuring brunch favourites, a salmon BBQ and a dessert buffet.
The Velvet Restaurant and Lounge at The Josie Hotel,4306 Red Mountain Road, Rossland; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $39 per adult, and $15 for children under 12; Details online with reservations at 250-362-5155

6. Ladurée

Ladurée celebrates with an ode to the rose, “the queen of flowers.” A Mother’s Day tea will be served on Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th,  featuring fruit salad, macarons, mini viennoiseries, Ladurée pastry, finger sandwiches, and coffee, tea or hot chocolate, plus an option to add à la carte menu items, such as the popular rose-raspberry French toast. A custom rose garden macaron gift box designed by artisanal wallpaper artists A Paris chez Antoinette Poisson is available, as is a new gourmet rhubarb-Marie Antoinette tea macaron that boasts whipped cream infused with Ladurée’s Marie Antoinette tea, black China tea, rose petals, citrus fruits and honey, and is accompanied by a delicate rhubarb compote.
Ladurée Boutique and Tea Salon, 1141 Robson Street, Vancouver; Ladurée Carriage Pop Up, 737 Dunsmuir Street (inside Holt Renfrew), Vancouver; Tea: $50 per person, or $60 with champagne or Ladurée Royal Cocktail; Details online

7. Yew Seafood and Bar

At Yew Seafood and Bar, the annual Mother’s Day brunch buffet returns, as does the venue’s first spot prawn boil dining series event of 2019. At brunch, a selection of dishes, action stations, a raw bar, charcuterie and carvery stations, offer everything from freshly shucked oysters, to soups, salads, and a selection of kid’s favourites. Desserts include Grandma’s old fashioned chocolate cake, pecan caramel tart, freshly baked brioche and prune pudding, signature tiramisu, passion polka dot pana cotta, trifle, a Bananas Foster action station and other sweet treats.

Perhaps Mom prefers treats from the sea? Spot prawn season opens at Yew coincidentally that day with the family-style spot prawn boil dining series. Tie on a bib (yours to keep), and raise a glass of complimentary B.C. wine before enjoying fare, including grilled onion and baby gem salad, Chilliwack corn, heirloom potatoes, charred jalapeño cornbread, and other sides which accompany fresh B.C. spot prawns and a B.C. maple and pineapple upside-down torte.
Yew Seafood and Bar, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver; Brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $105 per adult, $53 for children six to 12 and $26 for children under five; Boil Dining Series: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for $78 per person; Reservations online

8. Fable Kitchen

Chef Trevor Bird and his team at Kitsilano favourite Fable Kitchen add an optional Mother’s Day brunch menu for $32, which sees diners beginning with house-made banana bread and maple butter, before moving onto a choice of Vancouver fish cake, mushroom-spinach hash, Fable scrambled eggs or eggs benedict (with ham or spinach). Guests can wrap up with a French toast-corner dessert, with blueberry-bay leaf jam and mascarpone. The offering also includes coffee or tea, as well as the choice of grapefruit or orange mimosa or a large glass of fresh squeezed Cyoni orange juice. Plus a complimentary jar of Black Pepper Jam for every mom!
Fable Kitchen, 1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver; From 9:30 a.m.; Reservations online

9. Homer Street Café

In addition to regular menus, Yaletown’s Homer Street Café features two fresh catch halibut specials on Sunday, May 12th. Brunch offers a butter poached halibut, with poached hen’s egg, hollandaise, grilled asparagus and pickled fennel, while dinner presents a Schinkenspeck-wrapped halibut, with grilled asparagus, crispy potato salad, local caviar and a beurre blanc sauce.
Homer Street Café, 898 Homer Street, Vancouver; Reservations online

10. Temper Chocolate and Pastry

Pastry chef Steven Hodge celebrates in West Vancouver’s Dundarave wit two creative options: a Mother’s Day brunch box and a raspberry chocolate mousse cake. The pre-packaged brunch box, running $60, includes chocolates, granola, tea, buttery croissants and a handcrafted chocolate bar. Pre-orders are being accepted now, with pick-up on Saturday, May 11th or Sunday, May 12th, while a handful of boxes will be available in-store on both days. (Customization is available for an additional charge.)] The decadent raspberry chocolate mousse cake, available for $7.50 per slice or $35 for a full cake, is made with 75 percent whipped chocolate ganache and fresh berries, and is available from Thursday, May 9th to Sunday, May 12th.
Temper Chocolate and Pastry, 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver; Details online

11. Tableau Bar Bistro

In Coal Harbour, chef Catherine Stewart has added four French-themed specials to the menu for Mother’s Day at Tableau. At brunch, enjoy grilled asparagus, Comté cheese and a poached hen’s egg on brioche or a hand-peeled shrimp croissant tartine, with avocado, spring greens and sunny side egg. Later in the day, dinner offers Haida Gwaii halibut, grilled asparagus, wild mushrooms and sauce vierge or caramelized scallops and poached Salt Spring Island mussels, with spring pea farrotto and a charred scallion beurre blanc.
Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver; Reservations online

12. The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is toasting Mom with afternoon tea. Served in the property’s stunning lobby, a tranquil respite from the busy streets of the downtown core, the event will feature live music from acclaimed local pianist Perry Dickison, along with the finest sweet and savoury bites. The afternoon tea tower will include sandwiches ranging from salmon lox with cream cheese and watercress to smoked Duck Breast with pickled Cherries. Sweets include strawberry opera cake with Valrhona chocolate and classic French Macarons, plus, of course, traditional scones with clotted cream and freshly prepared preserves.
The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver; Seatings at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; $75 per person; Reservations at 604-695-3321

13. The Teahouse

A Stanley Park classic, the Teahouse serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features a lemon and blueberry croissant bread pudding. Diners can opt for a night on the town instead, with a special prime rib dinner that includes three courses for $42.50 or simply the prime rib itself for $35. With the three courses, guests can select either the classic Caesar Salad or soup of the Day to accompany the 10 ounce roasted prime rib with Yorkshire pudding plus a house-made chocolate cake or lemon tart to finish.
The Teahouse in Stanley Park, Ferguson Point, Vancouver; Reservations online

14. The Flying Pig

The Flying Pig’s various locations are dishing up a number of special features for one day. Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch with a feature of Atlantic lobster and avocado benedict, with a garden green salad for $19. Opt for a family-style experience and go with the platter of vanilla waffles, fresh berries and whipped cream, corned beef hash, fried eggs, cheddar gratin, scrambled eggs, back bacon, grilled breakfast sausage and multigrain toast for $17.50 per person. At dinner, a Haida Gwaii halibut with crispy pancetta and rock prawn risotto, buttered beans, tomato and caper butter sauce runs $34, while the feature platter of grilled striploin, wild mushroom demi glace, seared ahi tuna steak, sautéed tiger prawns, citrus risotto, grilled asparagus, and beet and baby arugula salad is priced at $32 per person.
The Flying Pig, Various locations, Vancouver and Victoria; Reservations online

15. WildTale

At WildTale’s original Yaletown location, a special Mother’s Day lunch service is available, featuring a lobster BLT with Atlantic lobster, crispy bacon, iceberg lettuce, beefsteak tomato, garden green salad and hand cut fries for $19.50, or ahi tuna niçoise with Dungeness crab, french beans, steamed potato, olives, tomatoes, grated free range egg, dill and lemon mustard vinaigrette for $22.50. Dinner that day at both WildTale locations features halibut cheeks provencal for $33, or surf ‘n’ turf with grilled beef tenderloin and butter-poached lobster tail for $35. 
WildTale, 1075 Mainland Street and 165 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver; Reservations online

16. Two RIvers Specialty Meats

The team at the North Shore’s Two Rivers opens an hour early for a one-day-only prixe fixe brunch serving. The three-course menu includes house-made scones with local preserves to start, followed by a choice of appetizer and main. Rather a lighter meal? Special entrée options will be available on an à la carte basis until 7 p.m. Guests are also invited to raise a glass with a selection of boozy brunch cocktails, from mimosas to Baileys coffees, available exclusively on Mother’s Day.
Two Rivers Speciality Meats, 180 Donaghy Avenue, North Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Details online

17. Yuwa Japanese Cuisine

Yuwa, on Vancouver’s west side, curates a stunning appetizer option for Mother’s Day with their “The Warmth of Mother” offering. One platter dishes up six delectable offerings, ranging from fried eggplant in a sweet soy sauce to chicken thigh meatballs.
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine, 2775 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver; Reservations online

18. Odd Society Spirits

Tea takes a turn at East Vancouver’s Odd Society for Mother’s Day. The downtown spirits purveyor offers an a “High Proof Tea” with inventive bites, locally-sourced ingredients, comforting teas and imaginative cocktails. All of it inspired by the whimsy of Lewis Carroll stories, dishes and drinks include fermented, smoked, nutty, green, floral and sweet flavours.
Odd Society Spirits, 1725 Powell Street, Vancouver; 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. seatings; Reservations online

Other special meal offerings on Sunday, May 12th include…

  • In Whistler, Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge is offering a sumptuous seafood brunch including chilled prawns and snow crab claws, marinated B.C. mussels with a coriander champagne vinaigrette and P.E.I. lobster eggs benedict from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Aura Restaurant, 2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler; $79 per person; Reservations online
  • Also up in Whistler Village, Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar offers a $37 five-course anniversary dinner, while Il Caminetto showcases a four-course prix fixe dinner for $39, both boasting spectacular menus crafted by chef James Walt. If your Mom is a fan of Spanish, Bar Oso has a special two-course prix fixe dinner for just $20.15.
  • Fable Diner presents a $27 optional special menu or brunch, with a savoury starter, choice of entree and sweet finish, plus coffee or tea and a mimosa or large fresh juice.
    Fable Diner, 151 East Broadway, Vancouver; Reservations online
  • Chef Bobby Milheron crafts masterful—and delicious—favourites at South Granville mainstay West, with menu items including brioche French toast with rhubarb compote, crushed avocado with poached egg or a corned beef brisket hash from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    West Restaurant and Bar, 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
  • In Richmond, Origo Club supplements its welcoming weekend tea, served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the option of a glass of Barons de Rothschild champagne for an additional $35 per person, or a featured Bisou Cocktail that mingles peach purée and homemade strawberry syrup with Barons de Rothschild champagne or soda for a mocktail.
    Origo Club, 110 – 6888 River Road, Richmond; Reservations online
  • A three-course brunch is on the menu at Market by Jean-Georges from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with features including roasted vegetable and truffle boulangère, Dungeness crab and avocado brioche and a B.C. morel mushroom and kale quiche.
    Market by Jean-Georges, 1115 Alberni Street (3rd floor of Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver), Vancouver; $72 per adult; Reservations online
  • Cibo Trattoria serves up four exclusive dishes for Mother’s Day including tagliatelle ai funghi and turkey alla milanese.
    Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver; Reservations online