Bookings fill up fast for Mother’s Day meals – here are our recommendations for any time of the day.

If you’re booking for an early bird, you could start the day with authentic French crepes or pastries and coffee at Britomart’s own French café, L’Assiette. Or, if you prefer a slightly later start, the flower-filled courtyard gardens of Ortolana and The Store are ideal spots to linger over brunches of vibrant seasonal produce and healthy juices.

For lunch, there’s no better place than Amano, which has just been named Auckland’s best all-day restaurant in the prestigious Metro Peugeot Restaurant Awards. (One bite of their luscious burrata with crisp Granny Smith apples, hazelnut and mint alone will be enough for her to forgive you for all the stress you’ve caused her over the years.)

Or, you could plump for an unforgettable afternoon above the harbour at Ostro, where they’ve just relaunched their Veuve Clicquot High Tea. Josh Emett’s tower of delicacies has more than a dozen taste sensations, including spanner crab and caviar, manuka-smoked chicken, house-cured Glory Bay salmon, tamarillo vanilla tart, yoghurt panna cotta, feijoa compote, Anzac crumble and more.

When your Mother’s Day outing includes a few younger members, a family feast at Mexico is a fun, stress-free dinner with the added bonus that the kids dine for free on a Sunday. And if your mum has the kind of sweet tooth where she’d be happy to skip the first two courses in order to have three desserts, Milse’s three-course dessert degustation is the sweetest way to say “thanks for everything.”