Flowers and chocolate may cut it most years, but we suspect your mother likely deserves a bit of extra pampering this Mother’s Day. So, on top of our handy gift-guide, might we suggest surprising her with brunch as well? Of course, restaurants remain shuttered for in-person dining, but that’s not stopping our favourite brunch spots from serving up something special for the day. From Toronto to Montreal to Vancouver, here are a few of the best brunch delivery and take-out options to give your mother the Mother’s Day she deserves.
Gare de l’Est Brasserie
This East End brasserie has been bringing the French dining experience to Toronto since 2017. For Mother’s Day, it’s serving up a brunch kit for two that includes a menu of some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes, along with a bottle of prosecco and an eye and face mask for post-brunch relaxation. Be sure to get your order in before Wednesday, May 5th.
No more burning the hollandaise and overdoing the the eggs. This King West bistro is here to save you from yourself with its brunch prix fixe menu, along with offering mimosa and rosé spritz kits. Make your life even easier by ordering one of Lapinou’s flower bouquets, courtesy of Botany Studio. Find it all here.
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
For Mother’s Day, the beloved brunch spot has went out all out with its “Pancake Motherlode”. Alas, to the surprise of no one, it’s all sold out. Fear not, you can still create your own pancake feast with the Mildred’s Pancake Essentials kit. You can even add some buttermilk biscuits and currant scones to your cart, and, if you’re feeling cheeky, why not add a cocktail kit too?
The Belgard Kitchen
Housed inside the Settlement Building, Belgard Kitchen is dishing out meal kits covering all your brunch needs. What’s on the menu? Lebeau waffles, salmon gravlax, and Belgard bacon, among other things.
The Fairmont Hotel’s lobby restaurant is known for its tea-time offerings and brunch. Their take-out menu includes a fried egg sandwich, a free-range egg omelet, and buttermilk pancakes served up with seasonal berries, lemon sugar, and maple syrup. For outdoor dining, Notch 8 also offers a picnic kit for two. Check it all out here.
Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant
For the vegetarian in your life, there’s the always reliable Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant. This South Granville spot isn’t offering brunch, but they are offering Mother’s Day picnics for some outdoor celebrations. Think: tomato soup and kale caesar salad to start, followed by eggplant parm and truffled mac and cheese mains.
Belgian-inspired cuisine is what this Chinatown restaurant specializes in. After being closed due to provincial restrictions, it’s re-opening on Thursday, May 6, which is conveniently just in time for Mother’s Day. Take a peek at the menu here.
If you’re looking to impress your mother by making her Mother’s Day meal yourself, the Ritz Carlton Maison Boulud is here to help with its at-home assembly kits. Top it all of with a Mother’s Day edition of their beloved chocolate and caramel tart.
Arthurs Nosh Bar
Arthurs is known for its classic Jewish fare, like gravlax, latkes, and challah (with butter). But it also serves up other treats like syrniki (cottage cheese pancakes) and avocado toast. Check out the extensive menu here.
If your home-cooked brunch didn’t work out, you can always save the day with Restaurant Mélisse. The Old Montreal favourite is serving up a special pasta for Mother’s Day. Menus in both English and French can be found here.
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