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Italian feasts, rooftop seafood and bubbles galore – The Star has your Mother’s Day plans sorted

Gone are the days when we could rely on the annual Mother's Day market at school to buy mum a truly heartfelt gift. Sure lavender-infused soap, a scented candle, fresh pyjamas or, of course, a brand-new coffee mug may seem like a great gift idea, but it might finally be time to broaden your scope. While gifts are lovely, it appears that all most mums want is to spend some quality time with their children. Luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast is hosting the adult version of your school's Mother's Day market, where restaurants like Cucina Vivo and Garden Kitchen & Bar are helping you ditch the candle and treat mum to a delicious meal, some wine and, most importantly, a few hours of uninterrupted time with the ones she loves most. 


In case you hadn’t already realised, Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday May 8. Avoid keeping mum guessing and let her know that you’ve reserved a table at one of the restaurants below. From there, all you need to do is buy her a nice bunch of flowers (perhaps some native blooms?) and treat her to a day where she doesn’t need to cook, clean or think about anything remotely work-related. The Star Gold Coast has special Mother’s Day offers at six of its superb restaurants (as well as its day spa!), so you can be sure there will be something to suit every mum’s dining preferences.

Does your mum fancy an Italian feast? Look no further than Cucina Vivo’s indulgent three-course Italian lunch and two-hour beverage package. For $130 per person, you, mum and your loved ones can start with an antipasti platter brimming with wagyu bresaola, Caprese salami, San Daniele prosciutto, house-made pesto, olives, mozzarella and lemon-scented goats curd, alongside woodfired Queensland prawns and oven-roasted focaccia Romano. For mains, you can devour Darling Downs grain-fed Angus rib fillet, a seafood risotto bursting with more prawns, red snapper, calamari, Kinkawooka mussels and pipis and – make sure mum sees you eat your greens – broccolini and cavolo nero. Last but certainly not least, finish off the perfect meal with a dessert featuring a citrus tart, crème fraiche gelati and caramelised fig. Now, we know what you’re thinking. What about the two-hour drinks package? Well, wash down your meals with Domaine Chandon’s non-vintage sparkling brut, Catalina Sounds sauvignon blanc, Barossa shiraz and various local and tap beers and soft drinks. Lunch is between 12:00–3:00 pm, so book your table to avoid missing out on such an opulent Italian feast!

Perhaps your mum would prefer to sit in a stunning rooftop location with sweeping views of the Gold Coast? Why not take her to Nineteen at The Star where you can indulge in some seriously exquisite a la carte options for lunch and dinner. Mother’s Day specials include a grande fruits de mer seafood platter that features Moreton Bay bugs, Clarence River prawns, natural oysters, smoked mussels, Hervey Bay scallops and yellowfin tuna. Don’t forget to treat her sweet tooth with a strawberry Basque cheesecake with lime mousse!

If seafood is your mum’s love language, then Garden Kitchen & Bar is also worth a visit, especially considering she will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of a signature seafood platter. Is Asian cuisine is more her style? Fear not! She will also receive a free glass of bubbles upon arrival at Japanese restaurant Kiyomi, yum cha house Uncle Su and smorgasbord central Harvest Buffet with a set menu purchase.

Last but not least, if you want to spoil your mum with a little bit of extra love (or perhaps you can’t make it to lunch), we recommend getting her a voucher to Azure Spa & Fitness. This sensory oasis will allow your mum to kick back, relax and be treated like a queen. Its treatment menu offers plenty of spa, massage and facial options, including Mother’s Day specials like the two-hour Absolute Renewal Ritual. Talk about pure bliss.

It’s official, you now have no excuse not to spoil your mum rotten this Mother’s Day. After looking after you and your family for 364 days of the year, we agree that she deserves at least one day of fine food and relaxation. If you get in quick and make a booking, you might even be able to take out the favourite spot ahead of your siblings! To book any of the above experiences, head to The Star Gold Coast’s website.

This article was created in partnership with our friends at The Star Gold Coast. The Star Gold Coast practises responsible service of alcohol. 

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