Cherry Blossom Lunch – Sakura Celebration at Sake no Hana:
An unexpected benefit from blogging is the insight I’ve gained into other cultures. Travel, of course, is the main opportunity to learn how others live, but London’s multicultural food scene can also provide a new perspective. I love good quality Japanese food and I find Japanese culture fascinating. Although I’d heard about the popularity of the Cherry Blossom season, until my recent invitation to lunch at Sake no Hana, I didn’t realise just how significant it was in Japanese society.
According to Wikipedia
In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life
There’s much more – the cherry blossom season in Japan is tracked by the meterological office and special Hanami celebrations are held throughout the country. A visit to Japan while the cherry trees are in blossom is now firmly on my wishlist. Though, an invitation to the special Sakura (cherry blossom) lunch at Sake no Hana thanks to Mina from KingsRoadRocks made me feel as if I might just have been magically transported there.
From the main entrance throughout the restaurant, everything was transformed with pretty cherry blossom trees, the delicate pink flowers contrasting against the black lacquer walls. Even our menus had a cherry blossom theme.
The Sakura lunch at Sake no Hana comprises a set Sakura Gozen at £32 and some optional extras.
There’s a special two-part cocktail which is included in the price of the Gozen – a carafe of jinzu gin, green chartreuse, grapefruit juice, burlesque bitters and shiso – a minty basil herb is served first as a palate cleanser. Its a light, clean taste. Then, a small jug of rose vermouth, cherry, cranberry and lemon juice is added to create a softer drink to enjoy with the food.
White miso soup is a pleasant way to start the meal
The sakura crystal box takes things to a new level. There’s a beautiful selection of sashimi, three tuna nigiri including o-toro and chu toro and three maki rolls. A perfect amount of food for lunch
Although, then we come to the extras – treats which somehow need to be tried.
Dessert, if you choose to indulge is a beautifully presented sakura cotton cheesecake with fresh cherries, cream cheese and cherry sorbet.
And, just in case you are still hungry, or in need of more pretty food, there are cherry blossom macarons with cherry blossom tea ganache.
Find out about the other options for Sakura at Sake no Hana, including a whole range of cocktails and some special dining options.
Sakura at Sake no Hana is available until 19th May.
Sake no Hana
23 St. James’s Street,
London, SW1A 1HA