It’s no secret that we love the idea of an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and some warm fresh scones, washed down with a cup of English breakfast tea. However, let’s not forget that we live in London, meaning there are thousands of international culinary delights just a tube or uber away at any point, so give your afternoon a makeover this spring at Sosharu.
Say hello, or kon’nichiwa, to the hottest new afternoon tea on the block. Japanese izakaya-style restaurant, Sosharu, has launched a new afternoon tea filled with both sweet and savoury treats accompanied with an array of unique tea blends and cocktails, inspired by the iconic wagashi (confectionery) and tea ceremony traditions of Japan.
Replace the cucumber sandwiches with a selection of savoury monaka (wafers topped with fresh tuna sashimi) or one of Sosharu’s signature dishes, like open tamki (taco style seaweed shell filled with fish or winter vegetables with sushi rice, tosazu jelly, spiced mayonnaise and avocado). Say goodbye to the beloved scone and think matcha iced fingers and chocolate sesame praline petit gâteau with miso caramel instead. Instagram your eats? Jason Atherton and Alex Craciun have made sure that the afternoon tea will be Instagram-worthy, with a taiyaki (traditional fish-shaped cake filled with rhubarb and white chocolate crème) taking centre stage. That fish emoji will come in useful…
To quench the thirst, guests will be transported to the Japanese culture via an extensive selection of green tea blends, including kukicha with cherry blossom, hojicha with ginger, genmaicha with matcha and sencha asamuchi. For those that enjoy something a little stronger, head for one of the cocktails. The Wabi mixes rhubarb, contratto bitter, peychaud bitters, prosecco and lemon sorrel, while Sabi blends matcha, shochu and Pernod Richard with prosecco and jasmine flowers.
Sosharu’s afternoon tea is available now
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Written by: Lois Fearne