Surely one of the prettiest seasons, cherry blossom celebrations or Sakura will soon be taking place in Japan, blooming in the last week of March and the first two weeks of April in Kyoto (roughly between 20 March and 14 April). If you can’t make it to Japan to see the blossoms (you’d need to be quick, their beauty is fleeting) then check out these restaurants that will be dressing up for the month:
To celebrate the Sakura Festival, the Green Bar at Hotel Cafe Royal will be decorated with cherry blossom trees and is serving a new cocktail menu with drinks made exclusively from Japanese spirits including Suntory Roku gin, Suntory Haku vodka and Suntory Toki whisky. For those wanting to eat you can order sushi from grill and sushi bar, Laurent. We’ve got our eye on the crispy lobster roll and Wagyu beef nigiri.
Available 8th -21st April
As sexy as sexy can be, Berkeley Square based resto, Sexy Fish, is celebrating Sakura Season with all the floral pinkness it can offer. Marking the magical time of a spring in Japan, Sexy Fish will be following suit with a neon pink fish-shaped cake which looks amazing and plays on the restaurant’s name and features yuzu meringue buttercream, containing a rich white chocolate ganache and wrapped in fondant. To wash down the rich flavours, enjoy a blossoming Waka Haka cocktail, created by the hand of the bar team and their collab with The House of Suntory to create Sakura cocktails. The cocktail in question boasts Haku vodka with sweet cranberry, fortified wines and Bergamot, with more on offer for those having a blooming great time.
It’s sexy, it’s Instagrammable and its delicious… get down to Sexy Fish this cherry blossom season!
Sexy Sakura at Sexy Fish will run from Monday, 18 March, to Sunday, 14 April
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Lighting up our lives once again is our favourite Duke Street brasserie which, in response to cherry blossom season, has rustled up a limited-edition cocktail and dessert. Brasserie of Light has sprinkled floral dust on their offerings, with The Sakura cocktail highlighting flavours of Hibiki Harmony (Japanese whisky), Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Martini Reserva Rubino and Peychaud’s bitters; finished with a spritz of cherry blossom aromatics and garnished with cherries and edible flowers – wow! It’s what we believe to be a very Instagrammable cocktail, especially when partnered with the Cherry Blossom Dessert that sees cherry parfait, candy floss and delicate flower petals playing on the taste buds. It’s an unmissable flavour burst from this brasserie in Sakura season and we highly recommend!
Kicking off on the 20th March and running until 14th April
Pretty in pink as can be, Flesh and Buns in Fitzrovia are offering a delightful cherry blossom cocktail and soft serve to celebrate the seasonal. The dish which you’ll be eager to Insta, features gin, cherry puree, yuzu and cherry syrup in the cocktail, whilst the serve sits alongside the restaurant’s Nutella Tai Yai dessert, or on its own… depending on how greedy you feel!
Available until 31st March at Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia
It’s festival time at Mei Ume as they get their cherry blossom on for Hanami. The centuries-old custom of Hanami and the start of the cherry blossom season will see the restaurant situated inside Four Seasons Hotel London transforming their bar with elaborate cherry blossom inspired décor and an a la carte Japanese menu – our appetites are blossoming at the thought!
Popping up at Mayfair’s Hush is a Sakurao Gin and Franklin & Sons miracle, that will see a collaboration extraordinaire in celebration of the enchanting cherry blossom orchards of Japan. Hush will be transformed into an Instgrammable garden with Japanese florals and Sakurao Original gin to enjoy under a canopy of cherry blossoms, which in keeping with the theme highlights botanicals including sweet summer orange, green tea and the citrus fruits, navel and dai dai – phones at the ready we think!
From March 11th – May 12th
ROKA Charlotte Street, has once again transformed its underground bar, Shochu, into a spectacular cherry blossom-filled hideaway. The instalment encourages guests to take part in the Japanese tradition of Hanami, aka enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. Grab yourself some contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine accompanied by a cocktail and take in the magnificence of cherry blossom season.
NOBU London set on the iconic Old Park Lane was the first European venture for the world renowned Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Today Nobu London remains one of the top restaurants in the thriving London culinary scene serving ‘new style’ Japanese cuisine, where traditional Japanese techniques meet Peruvian flavours. Cherry blossom can be seen in more intricate ways such as in the Junmai Daiginjo, which is their premium sake with a cherry blossom finish. Delicious!
Where: Nobu London, Old Park Lane, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
If you’re a fan of all things Instagrammable and flowery, you can check out 11 Seriously Floral Restaurants here