There is a multitude of Mother’s Day brunches and buffets in Vancouver

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      If you’re not bringing your mom breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day, now’s the time to figure out where you’re going to take her for brunch. In fact, maybe just ditch the idea of delivering a tray of tea and toast altogether and make sure the day in her honour is done right. Here are just some of the options available, no matter what her dining style.

      Global Mom

      Aside from dim-sum spots offering their usual menus, there’s no shortage of places offering brunch fare that stretches far beyond the usual Benedicts.

      Hotel Le Soleil’s Copper Chimney Restaurant (567 Hornby Street) is firing up the tandoor oven for items like a salad of tandoori chicken and Brussels sprouts, as well as a Do Ranga Stacked Sandwich: tandoori chicken and masala lamb with an apple-pear-walnut dressing. Its Mother’s Day menu also features masala fish and chips and butter-chicken or lamb-curry skillets, among other items.

      Sai Woo (158 East Pender Street) is offering moms a complimentary mimosa to accompany dishes like congee, cashew pancakes with Szechuan peppercorn syrup, or a Benny with Chinese sausage and wilted greens on a scallion biscuit.

      At Minami (1118 Mainland Street), miso soup and aburi sushi start off a set menu that also includes sake kasu miso sablefish, hatcho miso boneless osso buco, and jasmine-tea tiramisu with strawberry-balsamic ice cream.

      View-seeking Mom

      With panoramic views of False Creek. Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (1600 Howe Street) recently launched its brunch menu, which features dishes such as natural chicken and waffles with spiced syrup, avocado purée, house bacon, and botanical greens; then there’s the steelhead-trout Benny with corn bread, poached eggs, organic pea shoots, smoked hollandaise, and a smoked-paprika emulsion. Ancora’s executive chef, Ricardo Valverde, injects West Coast cuisine with Peruvian and Japanese flavours.

      Just steps away from English Bay is Beach Bay Café and Patio (1193 Denman Street), where Felix Zhou recently took over as executive chef (and where friends of mine recently caught a glimpse of the Burrard Inlet whale). You can feel the ocean breeze in the bright room, which will be serving up numbers like black-truffle scramble and lingcod fish and chips. A bonus: mimosas are bottomless.

      The Craft Beer Market in the Olympic Village is offering a buffet for Mother's Day.

      Beer-loving Mom

      Craft Beer Market (85 West 1st Avenue) is putting on a buffet for Mother’s Day. Look for a charcuterie station, a carving station featuring roast beef with a St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout jus, craft macaroni and cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, Old West Coast 7 Spice Chili, and more to go with more than 100 beers on tap, from Four Winds’ Saison to Tree’s Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale.

      Musical Mom

      Canadian Idol finalist Stephen Lecky, who uses a mix of tap shoes, guitar, loop pedal, saxophone, and flute, will be performing live at the Currents at Bayshore Restaurant (at the Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive). Buffet highlights include superfoods salads, a carving station, a kids’ buffet table, and a chocolate fountain. At Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Avenue), diners can indulge in chef Paul Stephen’s buffet while violinist Mark Ferris and harpist Janelle Nadeau play live.

      Coast’s seafood extravaganza includes a Chill Bar featuring fresh snow crab.

      Hungry Mom

      Buffets are ideal for the hard-working mama who has built up an appetite and is seeking a feast. Glowbal (590 West Georgia Street) will be bringing back its 100-plus-item brunch buffet, with classics like eggs Benedict, carving and omelette stations, pastry tables, breads, artisanal cheeses, and more. Coast (1054 Alberni Street), which is also owned by the Glowbal Hospitality Group, is putting on a seafood extravaganza. The Chill Bar features items like freshly shucked oysters, jumbo tiger prawns, snow and Dungeness crab, mussels and clams, and smoked fish, as well as made-on-the-spot sushi cones, rolls, and sashimi.

      Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island (1253 Johnston Street) will include slow-roasted prime rib, chilled mussels, smoked trout, peppered mackerel, and the resto’s famous chili squid.

      Several hotel restaurants are putting on big buffets, including Diva at the Met, at the Metropolitan (645 Howe Street); Mosaic Grille, at the Hyatt Regency (655 Burrard Street); and Oceans 999, at the Pan Pacific Vancouver (999 Canada Place).

      Mission Kitsilano will have plenty of options on Mother's Day.

      Foodie Mom

      Is your mom the type to follow food news religiously, obsess over what she’s going to make for dinner while she’s having breakfast, and consider cookbooks fine bedtime reading (not that there’s anything wrong with that)? Then chances are she’ll flip when she finds out you’ve booked a table at one of the city’s top restaurants.

      Consider the tasting menu on offer at Bauhaus Restaurant (1 West Cordova Street). The four courses include white-asparagus soup and fresh halibut; à la carte brunch items will be available as well. Aside from its regular brunch offerings, Fable Kitchen (1944 West 4th Avenue) is creating a set menu that includes house-made banana bread, a choice of three mains, and a French toast “corner” to finish. At Hawksworth Restaurant (801 West Georgia Street), options include brioche French toast, crispy halibut tempura with pickled ramps, and seared albacore tuna with calamari, flageolet beans, chorizo, and smoked carrot.

      The city’s most underrated restaurant, Mission Kitsilano (2042 West 4th Avenue), is now serving weekend brunch with a set menu that changes weekly. On Mother’s Day, expect rhubarb-and-thyme scones with house preserves; a French omelette with asparagus and fromage frais; a salad of heritage kale, cauliflower, and buckwheat in a green goddess dressing; tarte flambée; and house-made banana bread and seed bread with honey-birch butter.