Mother’s Day only comes around once a year, so why not make the most of it and treat that special woman in your life to a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings? Here are some suggestions:

The Marine

If you don’t want to travel far, look no further than Hermanus’ grande dame hotel, The Marine, where you can spoil mum with a delectable Sunday meal on Mother’s Day, 12 May. Lunch is served between 12:00 and 14:30 at a cost of R355 per person – and mum will leave with a special gift.

The menu starts with a choice of prawn-stuffed baby squid with lightly sautéed seasonal vegetables and a lime and chilli dressing or miso-glazed slow-cooked pork belly with pineapple salsa, sesame and honey soy dressing. It moves on to a delicious choice of mains: Seared Franschhoek salmon trout served with quinoa, young spinach, citrus reduction, and orange and grapefruit salad, or roast leg of lamb with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, and red wine jus. The meal is concluded with either an apricot roly-poly with milk tart ice-cream, peanut brittle and cinnamon anglaise, or pear and hazelnut Frangipane served with coffee or tea. Booking is essential. Contact 028 313 1000 or bookings@themarine.co.za

Over at The Classroom in Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Chef Kevin Warwick and his team are old hands at catering for special occasions, including weddings, family celebrations and formal functions. Their Mother’s Day Lunch is a set menu that offers a tomato cappuccino (amuse bouche), smoked salmon roulade salad (starter), roast leg of lamb with mint jus, smoked pork neck, roast potatoes and vegetables (main course), and chocolate coffee ganache tart with caramel ice-cream and vanilla fudge (dessert). The cost is R230 per person.For bookings contact 028 316 3582 or 082 359 5608.

Benguela Cove

If you fancy a short drive to a wine estate, why not head to the Moody Lagoon Restaurant at Benguela Cove, situated on the edge of the scenic Bot River Estuary. The restaurant is located next to the tasting room, making this the ideal place for a glass of wine or bubbly prior to lunch, while taking in the picturesque views of the lagoon.

Their three-course Mother’s Day lunch will be served between 12:00 and 15:00 and the a la carte menu includes gastronomic delights such as cured salmon served with pineapple gastrique, avocado, parsnip, celery and squid ink lavashe (R98) or smoked venison served with green bean achar, cauliflower, crispy pancetta and blush tomatoes (R95) for starters. Among the main course options are braised beef short rib with pappardelle pasta, mushrooms, blistered peppers and parmesan (R185) or local hake, chicken ballotine with white wine steamed mussels, risotto, chorizo and fennel (R178).

For dessert you’ll be hard pressed to choose between the roasted pear, caramel tuile, coffee foam, whiskey ice cream and cheesecake mousse (R90) and the chocolate tart, chocolate brownie, warm chocolate emulsion and chocolate ice cream (R98). Book online at www.benguelacove.co.za or contact 087 357 0637 / info@benguelacove.co.za  

Springfontein Eats

Springfontein Eats near Stanford is also pulling out all the stops to treat mums on Mother’s Day with a wonderful lunch menu that includes a terrine of poultry with sweet potato, hake dumpling in mustard sauce, braised veal with carrots and nuts, sorrel soup and vanilla… and a little surprise for all mothers. Expect the extraordinary flavours and finesse that Michelin-starred chef Jürgen Schneider and his team are known to bring to the table. Only local, organic produce is used at this farmstead restaurant on Springfontein Wine Estate and it comes highly recommended by serious foodies. Expect a tranquil setting, surrounded by a picturesque garden and vineyards. The cost of the Mother’s Day lunch is R380 for three courses and R460 for four courses. Bookings are essential on 028 341 0651/0571.

Mosaic Farm

If a more relaxed, family-style lunch is what you’re after, why not try Mosaic Farm on the edge of the Klein River Estuary, just a little further down the Wortelgat road from Springfontein. There is plenty of space for the children to run wild while the adults sit back and enjoy the scenic views.

On the menu you’ll find hot smoked salmon with leek and potato salad, char-grilled prawn kebabs with wasabi cream cheese and lime chilli salsa, smoked chicken and fresh mango wraps, spinach and goats cheese fritters, rare roast beef and red onion marmalade salad with rocket and beetroot and home-baked bread with pesto and marinated olives. Dessert treats include a red velvet and Champagne trifle, dark chocolate, salted caramel and banana spring rolls, and mini fruit skewers with vanilla and mint syrup.

The Mother’s Day lunch is served between 12:00 and 15:00 and the cost is R220 per person and half price for kids under the age of 12. Mum will also receive a R100 spa voucher to be used at the Mosaic Rain Milkwood Spa. Contact info@mosaicsouthafrica.com or 076 313 2814 to make a reservation.

Another family-friendly venue is Ecology Lifestyle Farm on the R43, where the Garden Restaurant serves authentic (and very tasty!) South African food. The Mother’s Day lunch menu will serve up butternut soup, roast leg of lamb or mutton curry, and malva pudding. The tasting room with its sun-dappled terrace is right next to the restaurant – the perfect place to indulge in the premium, boutique-style PaardenKloof wines and their newly-released Ecology range.

The play area and petting farm will keep the children occupied while mum relaxes and enjoys her special day. Ecology Lifestyle Farm is also home to an indigenous protea and fynbos nursery, and mum will receive a special bunch of freshly-cut flowers. The three-course Mother’s Day lunch is R250 per person, served between 12:00 and 15:00. Call 028 284 9809 to book.

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