If you are among those who felt that it sucked to celebrate Mother’s Day during consecutive pandemic years without an elaborate brunch prepared by someone else, this might be your year.
Because we know now that the novel coronavirus is spread primarily through aerosol transmission, you can review restaurants and make your dining decision based on your mother’s age and health (and yours), vaccine status (three is best; four is better, if eligible), size of room (the bigger the better), and whether or not patio, rooftop, or outside dining is available.
A quick online perusal of Vancouver restaurants offering Mother’s Day brunches or special menus shows at least a few dozen this year.
Below, we share a diverse snapshot of three that caught our eye: traditional, Italian, and Asian.
(1133 West Hastings Street)
In the Pinnacle’s P2B Bistro and Bar, a traditional Mother’s Day brunch is being offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 8, with a smoked-salmon Benedict, a truffle-and-morel quiche, and a West Coast fry-up (with sausage, bacon, eggs, grilled tomato, and baked beans) among the offerings after a preliminary charcuterie antipasti plate. Roasted chicken, a seafood (crab and scallop) omelette, and an albacore tataki bowl round out the other mains.
Kids can dive into waffles with chicken fingers (or their own sticky digits), blueberry pancakes, French toast, and scrambled eggs, with a “grand dessert buffet” awaiting all who can finish (or who, wisely, left room). Adults are $79, kids six to 12 will cost $37, and it’s $20 apiece for tiny brunch munchers from one to five. Reserve a table at their website.
(1115 Alberni Street)
This restaurant and lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel downtown is bringing back its popular Mother’s Day brunch board for two ($69) on the big day, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fresh strawberry bread with cream-cheese icing jostles for space amid seasonal fruits, mini parfaits, filoncino bread and a mini frittata, smashed rosemary potatoes, bacon, and San Daniele prosciutto.
Included are two mimosas or glasses of Prosecco and two coffees or teas. Cheesecake French toast ($18) and a Tuscan-style panzanella salad ($21) are both available as à la carte options. Reservations are recommended.
Heritage Asian Eatery
(382 West Broadway)
This casual Mount Pleasant purveyor of fresh-take classic Asian comfort foods is offering a special Mother’s Day family feast for four (both dine-in and takeout; available Saturday and Sunday) for $128. (Although the feast is not, technically, only for brunch, that afternoonish dining staple’s hours are notoriously flexible, no?) Included are “bright pink” crab, scallop, and prawn dumplings (see photo); five-spice chicken wings; truffle siu mai; barbecued pork belly; prawn and pea-tip spring rolls; dandan noodles; gai lan; black sesame balls; and a take-home jar of the house chili sauce.
Call (604) 559-6058 for reservations and advise if you will be ordering the family feast. Note: parking may be limited on Broadway due to SkyTrain construction; if anyone in your party has mobility issues, they may have to walk from a side street.