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Mothers Day Dining: 5 Fabulous Toronto Restaurants for Mom

BY CRAIG MOY

Mothers Day Dining Toronto Restaurants Brunch

The Drake Hotel features a Mother’s Day prix fixe and more (photo: Connie Tsang)

It’s likely that your mom has cooked you more meals than you (or she) can count. Return the favour by treating her to a fabulous Mother’s Day dining experience at one of these great Toronto restaurants.

MOTHER’S DAY DINING FOR HIPSTER MOMS
THE DRAKE HOTEL
A hub around which a significant portion of the west end’s contemporary arts-and-culture scene revolves, the Drake’s dining room and café are ever occupied by the youthful and trendy. But this is an egalitarian institution: elder patrons can have an excellent time here, too. For Mother’s Day in particular, the kitchen is offering a pair of mouth-watering brunch options: a three-course prix fixe featuring reinvented classics (a herbed waffle and hot-smoked salmon, for example), or, in the Drake Underground space, enjoy a family-style soul food feast as a live bluegrass band jams on stage.
• The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042; thedrakehotel.ca
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MOTHER’S DAY DINING FOR POSH MOMS
SPLENDIDO
Chef Victor Barry’s upscale institution has long been a favourite of Toronto’s classiest denizens, what with its elegant yet relaxed ambience, attentive servers and creative contemporary cuisine. Sustainably sourced ingredients are always in the mix in decadent dinner dishes like red deer tartar, Nova Scotia lobster and Ontario-pastured veal, though lately, the restaurant has gained buzz for its new brunch—a glorious spread of pastries, cheeses and elevated takes on classics like eggs benedict and French toast. Those who spare no expense can also pre-order shareable platters of seafood, foie gras, pork and more.
• Splendido, 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788; splendido.ca
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MOTHER’S DAY DINING FOR WINE-LOVING MOMS
SKIN + BONES
Leslieville’s newest wine bar has earned high marks for its flavourful food  top-tier wines and ebullient atmosphere. You and mom (and the rest of the family) can see what all the buzz is about: the restaurant is set to host a Mother’s Day prix-fixe lunch featuring wine pairings and a complimentary mimosa. Or just book a table for dinner to enjoy almost 40 vintages by the glass plus the full carte of chef Matthew Sullivan’s bistro-style offerings.
Skin + Bones, 980 Queen St. W., 416-524-5209; skinandbonesto.com
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MOTHER’S DAY DINING FOR HEALTH-CONSCIOUS MOMS
GRASSLANDS
Toronto chef and restaurateur Stephen Gardner proved with Fressen that vegetarian restaurants needn’t be the sole purview of the dreadlocked and Birkenstocked. Revamped and rebranded, Gardner’s chic Queen West space is adorned with natural woods and filled with a cross-section of Toronto foodies, all savouring Mediterranean-inspired vegan fare prepared with fine-dining flair. Mom is sure to get a good vibe from the well-curated wine and cocktail selection, too.
Grasslands, 478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127; grasslands.to
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MOTHER’S DAY DINING FOR MOMS WITH A SWEET TOOTH
MOROCO CHOCOLAT
Yorkville’s decadent boutique for all things chocolate is also a preferred venue for ladies who lunch (or brunch, or dine, or enjoy afternoon tea). On Mother’s Day, Moroco offers complimentary truffles with your brunch booking, which otherwise features entrees such as a lush lobster eggs benedict, chicken-and-mushroom crepes, and chocolate and maple syrup fondue for sharing. For lighter fare but no less sophisticated fare, consider sitting down for one of Moroco’s specialty tea services.
• Moroco Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-2202; morocochocolat.com
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