A day in review – Mother’s Day 2017
Cheers to the ladies who created the Australian pallet and fostered our nation’s foodie culture – boy, do we have an awful lot to thank them for.
Dimmi had its biggest Mother’s Day to-date yesterday, with thousands of Aussies dining out across the country.
While women are no longer tied to the kitchen sink, a Mum’s influence in the kitchen is clear. Victor Liong (of Lee Ho Fook) still calls his Mum to “check if he has something right” in his latest creation. Andrew McConnell (Cumulus, Cutler & Co…) still makes his Mum’s chicken liver pate and Kylie Kwong still uses her Mum’s recipe book to inform Billy Kwong’s menu. What would the Aussie restaurant scene look like without these women?
Whether they taught us how to make our school lunches, refined our table manners, nurtured the importance of a weekend lunch or the revealed the joy of conversation and sociability when you gather friends and family around the table – Mum’s really are central to our foodie culture.
Key data points from Mother’s Day 2017
- Average spend was down on last year $52.94 (2017) compared to $54.32 (2016)
- Total revenue injected into the restaurant industry: $40M (2017) vs $34M (2016) up 17.6%
- Modern Australian still remains a favourite, however, Steak + Thai jumped up in to the ranks of this year’s top cuisines.
- Booking lead times: most M-Day booking were 5 days before the day, however, a whopping 30% were made than 48hrs before – that’s cutting it pretty fine!
Most popular restaurants in the country for Mother’s Day 2017:
- Criniti’s Group (NSW, VIC)
- Munich Brahaus, South Wharf (VIC)
- Akiba, Canberra (ACT)
- Criniti’s Parramatta (NSW)
- Sake Restaurant & Bar, The Rocks (NSW)
- Blue Door, Newcastle (NSW)
- The Meat & Wine Co, Southbank (VIC)
- The Malaya, Sydney (NSW)
- Criniti’s, Kotara (NSW)
- Wild Sage (NSW)
Most popular cuisine (Mother’s Day 2017):
- Modern Australian