“You look thin! Have you been eating enough?” These are familiar words from mothers all over the world. Though it’s usually her job to make sure you’re well fed, this Mother’s Day
, treat your mom to a nice meal instead at one of these special brunches around Los Angeles.
Asia de Cuba
Make it a very merry Mother’s Day up on the Sunset Strip this year with Asia de Cuba’s bottomless mimosas, mojitos and Bloody Mary’s along with a prix-fixe brunch for just $42. As for the food, guests will be treated to specials like Cuban-style pastelitos, croissants, muffins and pastries; a choice of brunch entrée including the queso fresco enchilada and the restaurant’s smoked salmon torta; and sides like yucca moho fries and plantain maduras; along with a selection of the chef’s signature desserts. Brunch will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, (323) 848-6000; MondrianHotel.com
Chef Suzanne Tracht is a mom herself, so no wonder she’s taking Mother’s Day so seriously this year with not only a special brunch menu, but also a host of new spring dinner dishes created just in time for you and your mom to enjoy together. On the brunch menu there will be palatable plates like pot roast hash, lobster benedict with poached eggs, char siu pork with pea tendrils and lobster béarnaise, brioche French toast with roasted spiced apples, and house-cured salmon cucumber salad with bagel and cream cheese. On the dinner menu, meanwhile, the new spring dishes will include stuffed squash blossoms with lobster-shitake spicy ponzu, farmer’s market tomato with sweet onion and pickled ramp vinaigrette, and even a special blackberry gimlet cocktail. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and dinner will take place from 5 p.m.–11 p.m.
8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, (323) 655-6566; TheJar.com
Lazy Ox Canteen
It’s an internationally eclectic menu for Mother’s Day at this downtown hotspot. A la carte special dishes will include vanilla biscuit with smoked salmon, slow-cooked egg and lemon hollandaise; a soft egg scramble with bacalao, Manchego and fine herbs; and corn soup with whipped coconut cream and crispy pork belly, among others. Your mom will feel like the most cosmopolitan lady in town.
241 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, (213) 659-5299; LazyOxCanteen.com
Your mom deserves the very best…especially on Mother’s Day. So treat her to a fabulous brunch out at LA’s premier caviar boutique and restaurant, Petrossian. The Mother’s Day brunch menu will feature outstanding signatures dishes like the Egg Royale with soft scrambled egg and vodka whipped cream topped with a briny dollop of caviar, Petrossian’s caviar-scrambled eggs and caviar eggs benedict with smoked salmon, and bagels and house-smoked salmon, plus desserts like almond crème brulee with Russian tea cookies. The prix-fixe brunch will cost $50 per person, though diners can also order a la carte dishes like blueberry pancakes, nutella croissants, and even cocktails like lavender mimosas.
321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, (310) 271-0576; Petrossian.com
Executive Chef John Sedlar is whipping up a feast your mom would be hard-pressed to match, so tell her to take the day off and come with you to brunch at Playa where you can enjoy a la carte specials like artichoke hearts with asparagus tips, spring peas and cilantro-goat cheese pesto; crab cake with piquillo aioli and fennel salad; blue cornmeal-crusted trout stuffed with corn, kale and chipotles; and macerated springtime berries with Meyer lemon sorbet. That’ll show her how sweet you are. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 933-5300; PlayaRivera.com
Why venture out of the Valley when the food will be so good at Raphael this Mother’s Day? Executive Chef Adam Horton is preparing a panoply of gourmet goodies for his three-course prix-fixe brunch, which will be served from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. for $35 per person plus $10 cocktail specials. A two-course children’s option is available for $25. Among the special items are: brioche French toast with strawberry-orange condiment, warm maple syrup and orange streusel; baked apple salad with Maytag blue cheese, endive, watercress and cider vinaigrette; local albacore tuna Niçoise salad with grilled lettuce; a heritage pork burger with arugula and white cheddar; and for dessert, a Valrhona chocolate pot de crème.
11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-505-3337; RaphaelOnVentura.com
It’s a hodgepodge of globe-spanning gourmandizes to honor moms all around the world this Mother’s Day at Susan Feniger’s street food-inspired eatery in Hollywood. Among the international inspirations that will appear on the menu this year will be Marcona almond and goat cheese fritters with arugula salad and spring strawberry gazpacho; Danish chestnut popovers with sliced apples, dusted with powdered spiced sugar; soft Indian semolina with squash blossoms and fresh spring peas; crispy soft-shell crab with scallion pancake and Singapore dipping sauce, and more. There will also be mom-themed cocktails like the Mother’s Little Helper with Johnny Walker Red, Kahlua and cream; and the MOMosa with Grand Marnier, Amaretto and sparkling wine. Cheers to mom! Brunch will be served from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
724 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, (323) 203-0500; EatAtStreet.com
Have an alfresco brunch on the award-winning patio of this Santa Monica standout courtesy of Top Chef
favorite Nyesha Arrington. Her $65 brunch menu ($25 for children under 12) includes an open bar of unlimited mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Mary’s, as well as signature selections like the steak and eggs; the lobster omelet with tarragon crème fraiche and caviar; the goat cheese and spinach frittata with fontina; French toast with mascarpone whipped cream and market berries; and rigatoni with lamb bologneses and fiore sardo; as well as a dessert buffet featuring a selection of Wilshire’s brunch desserts such as mini cupcakes and coconut flan.
2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, (310) 586-1707; WilshireRestaurant.com