Our favourite Mother’s Day picks

From giving birth to you, to always knowing how to get those mystery stains out of your shirt, to raising you into the person you are today, there are a lot of reasons to thank mom.

So don’t just settle for a quick lunch at any old place, you know she deserves better. And since you’ve waited until right before Mother’s Day to make plans, we made sure to give you a number of choices and options to shower your mum with love! Now go make that booking at someplace nice.


A family affair at Stellenbosch Kitchen 



Stellenbosch’s favourite corner kitchen is going à la carte for Mothers’ Day, serving all the wholesome, yummy food that locals love! Head Chef Rob Rainsford is receiving high-fives on his Lamb Shank, served braised with roasted baby potatoes, and you can’t go wrong the grass-fed beef sirloin, with mushroom puree, caramelised onion, potato gratin, and beef jus. The prawn risotto is also popular, with garden peas, lemon preserve, grilled courgette, sweetcorn, and prawn butter.

For kids the Monster Burger is a best seller, with spicy aioli, onion marmalade, Healey’s cheddar and stacks of just-right french fries. Sunday 13th May will be a Big Dessert day. Celebration, a lovely fire, and Warwick Wines are offering the ever-special First Ladies a glass of red or white on arrival. Dessert ideas include the mixed berry and white chocolate parfait, with wild berry compote and strawberry sorbet, or banana bread, Amarula crème pate, banana ice cream and salted caramel.

Average price for three courses is around R350 per person. Lunch continues all day long.

To book, contact their Dining Team on +27 21 883 2893 or eat@stellenboschkitchen.co.za.


Helena’s Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa


Helena’s Restaurant is special. Tucked away inside Stellenbosch’s Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa, this Provence-inspired, popular 5-Star kitchen is all about heart-crafted, heritage food. For Mothers’ Day, Head Chef Kyle Conradie has designed a six course menu, presenting creatively-plated, flavour-filled dishes that celebrate life, harmony, and of course, family!

To start, the amuse-bouche is a seafood bisque with miniature corn bread;  colourful beetroot gnocchi follows, including roasted beets, fresh asparagus and marinated red onion, all held together on a warm, creamed goat’s cheese base. Citrus sorbet is the refresher in-between; and Karoo lamb follows, moistened by a cumin-infused lamb gravy, punctuated by a potato fondant. Generous servings of garden-goodness vegetables join this main, including brussels sprouts with pancetta, creamed beets with toasted macadamia nuts, and roasted sweet potato with baby rainbow carrots. An option to this is a tender freshwater sea bass, served with prawn aioli and mash potato. For vegetarians, a tomato filled with cannellini ragu is on offer.

And then Kyle’s finale: the sweetest, most darling canele and mini pavlova are companions to passion fruit curd, home-made vanilla ice cream and Canettevallei moskonfyt. Once you are pleasure-filled, we will lean you into lattes, or perhaps a creamy americano, and spoil mum further with wildflower cupcakes of red velvet richness; and orange and peach Turkish delight.

All this is presented centre stage in Helena’s elegant interior, always expressive of romance, and reflective of a bygone era. Four Gift Boxes will be presented in luxury draws.

This lovely lunch will served from 12 noon, at R475 per person, or at a cost of R250 for children under 14 years. To book contact the Dining Team on +27 21 883 3132 or email manager@helenasrestaurant.co.za.

View the menu here.


Join Backsberg this Mother’s Day for a full weekend of celebrating women


Join Backsberg for a leisurely, three-course lunch where guests may sit inside at Backsberg’s cosy restaurant or outdoors under the oak trees (weather dependent). Expect a banquet of culinary delights including homemade breads and pȃtés, creamy butternut soup, lamb on the spit, a variety of vegetable dishes and beautiful desserts including Pavlova, Malva Pudding, seasonal fruits and Chocolate Roulade.


Mother’s Day at Haute Cabrière Restaurant



Let Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller take the hassle out of the kitchen by preparing a Sunday Feast for Mum and the family. The menu is set around old-school family lunches with abundant tables taking you on a journey through the Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan wine ranges. Starters and dessert are plated and the main is served in platters – perfect for sharing. Wine during the lunch is included.

Price R370,00 per person, children 12 years and under R150,00.

Booking details:

Tel: 021 876 8500 | Email: restaurant@cabriere.co.za | Website: https://www.cabriere.co.za//restaurant/


The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town



Exclusively on Mother’s Day, The Ritz hotel will be serving lunch at Top of The Ritz, and it is limited to 60 lucky guests. R850 per person includes a seven-course meal and a glass of bubbly.

Bookings are essential, email info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online via http://www.theritz.co.za/book-table-top-ritz/
(Prepayment is required to confirm your booking.)

Please note that the maximum table size is a 6 seater and the price excludes drinks and gratuity.


Allée Bleue Wine Estate



Join Allée Bleue Wine Estate for a delectable 3-course menu hosted in the courtyard, including a glass of the estate’s Brut Rosé upon arrival. The courses include a choice of a meat or vegetarian main option as well as an inviting choice of desserts.

R195,00 Per Person. Bookings are essential.

Bookings: 021 874 1021 | Email : info@alleebleue.com | Website: http://alleebleue.co.za/


Avondale Wine Estate



Mother’s Day at FABER at Avondale, care of Chef Dale Stevens offers a set menu 4-course sharing lunch (2 starters, 1 main, 1 dessert) priced at R525 per adult. Children will receive a “kiddies” menu, with a choice of a main course and a dessert priced at R110 for 2 courses.

Bookings: 021 202 1219 | Email: faber@avondalewine.co.za, | Website: https://avondalewine.co.za/faber/


Terroir at Kleine Zalze



Master chef Michael Broughton will be offering his quintessential provençal style menu. Mums receive a garden rose and a flute of complimentary Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé.

Bookings: 021 880 8167 | Email: restaurant@kleinezalze.co.za | Website: https://www.kleinezalze.co.za/terroir/cuisine


Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House



Makaron will exclusively be open for lunch on Mother’s Day and Chef Lucas Carstens will serve his signature à la carte menu. Mums receive a complimentary glass of Méthode Cap Classique upon arrival.

Bookings:  021 880 1549

Book online via http://www.majekahouse.co.za/restaurant/makaron-restaurant/bookings/ or visit their website: http://www.majekahouse.co.za/restaurant/makaron-restaurant/about/