Long, lazy - often boozy - brunches have been staple of the Melbourne dining scene. With the popularity of the mid-morning meal at an all-time high, eateries in the city are changing it up to offer something new, be it a side order of bingo or fried chicken. For those looking for something different this Mother's Day, these bottomless brunches should work a treat.
Boozy Sunday brunch with a side of bingo make the bottomless brunch at Tokyo Tina's the most interactive and possibly most interesting offer around town. The restaurant, located at the cool end of Chapel Street, has launched its Bingo Academy – a $69 Sunday brunch session where diners can sip on bottomless bubbles, beer or Aperol Spritz whilst playing Bingo and enjoying the delicious Japanese street food on the menu. Every Sunday from 12pm - 2pm and 2pm - 4pm. 66A Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, ph + 61 (03) 9525 2774
Belle's Hot Chicken
Scones and tea can be swapped for fried chicken and cocktails for adventurous mothers this Mothering Sunday. Morgan McGlone's now-famous crunchy Nashville-style hot chicken and waffles can be enjoyed with a specially created Bloody Mary (or other Belle's cocktail jugs) to tone down, or tone up, the spice. The bottomless menu is available for $50 for a two-hour sitting on weekends from 11.30am across both the Fitzroy and the Richmond restaurant. 150 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, ph +61 (03) 9077 0788 or 107 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121, ph +61 (03) 0401 247 032
Angus & Bon
Housed in the old Prahran Post Office, this lofty space on Chapel Street, south of the city centre has a New York feel about it. Executive chef Declan Carrol has an impressive pedigree including Rockpool Bar & Grill, where he gets his love of the steak. The front bar and alfresco areas are perfect for that warming winter sun, while the inside provides a cosy space with atmospheric lighting where diners could easily lose a few hours. From 12pm to 2pm the Bottomless Brunch offers two whole hours of Bloody Mary's, Mimosas or Peach Bellinis for only $39 with any main meal, sandwich or burger. 168 Greville Street, Prahran, VIC, 3181, ph +61 (03) 9533 9593
Le Bon Ton
This southern American saloon-style joint is perfectly positioned in hipster Collingwood. Not only does it offer the popular slow-cooked-in-pit meats with varying degrees of spice teamed with absinthe, but it has a popular beer-garden and diners can get a brisket sandwich till 5am on weekends. With $49 bottomless sparkling cocktails every Sunday from noon until 5pm, Le Bon Ton is the perfect spot for hipsters to take mums, adding oysters for $1 and 50 cent chicken wings for the occasion. 51 Gipps Street, Collingwood, VIC ph +61 (03) 9416 4341
Fargo and Co
With brunch menu items as diverse strawberries and cream waffles; corn, manchego and chive croquettes with smoked salmon; and crisp cornflake chicken with waffles and maple syrup - Swan Street newcomer Fargo & Co will be perfectly positioned to entertain mum's in this east Melbourne buzzing food hood. On Sunday, from 11am to 2pm, a bottomless supply of mimosas and prosecco comes with brunch for $50 while a DJ spins tunes on the al fresco rooftop terrace. 216 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC, ph +61 (03) 8609 7270
The eternally popular Gingerboy in central Melbourne's Crossley Street is getting in on the action with bottomless Sundays. Pan-Asian menu items include chinese cabbage and onion dumplings, nam prik pao; spiced eggplant, okra and split pea curry puffs, with saffron yoghurt; steamed prawn and ginger dumplings, peanut soy; crispy pork belly bun. For $70 a head, mums and their offspring can also chug town two-hours worth of mimosa's or sparkling. 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, ph +61 (03) 9662 4200
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