It isn’t an understatement to say that many of us travel to Japan this time of the year to catch the sakura season in full bloom.
Yet, given the dreary, drawn-out conditions of the pandemic, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be flying over anytime soon. After all, sakura season only lasts about two weeks, and we’re certainly not going to spend half a month holed up in a hotel just for a glimpse.
If you’re missing a bit of Japan’s springtime bloom, read on for all the sakura-themed bites you can feast on right here in Singapore.
(Hero and featured image credit: Raffles Hotel Singapore)
The Grand Lobby’s thematic afternoon tea continues with Japan’s springtime bloom, spotlighting the seasonal flowers with their Sakura Afternoon Tea. Here, guests can indulge in a slew of sweets like the Sakura Panna Cotta, crisp Sakura Ice Cream Monaka, and decadent Sakura Strawberry Éclair, all dressed in blushing shades of pink. Wash it down with the Hanafubuki cocktail, crafted with a potent combination of gin, vermouth, sake, cherry blossom and umeboshi.
The limited-edition Spring Sakura Pastry Box from Janice Wong Singapore comes with a collection of fresh cakes, tarts, mochi and bonbons, all fashioned in pink. Inside, diners can expect treats like the Strawberry Basque Cheesecake, topped with chantilly cream and fresh strawberries, the Sakura-shaped Strawberry Yogurt Bon Bons and the Strawberry Almond Tart. If you’re looking for a sneak peek at the sweets, some of these items will be available for a la carte orders as well.
Japanese grocer Kuriya Japanese Market (KJM) is celebrating the spring season with over 20 special offerings. Here, feast on bites like the Sakura Ebi Inari, laced with seasoned sakura shrimp, or the Sakura Hako Sushi, a trio of Japanese sea bream, salmon and tuna in one block of sushi that’s crowned with seasoned sakura shrimp. Fancy some dessert? Dig into the Sakura Yogurt Pudding, perfumed with sakura flowers and light cherry notes. These sakura-inspired offerings will be available instore or for pickup and delivery here.
Syun is transporting guests to Japan with its first-ever Sakura Feast, a seasonal seven-course set menu that features dishes delicately perfumed with sakura flowers. This includes dishes like the Mizu-tako carpaccio with hassaku (Japanese grapefruit) salsa shaped in cherry blossom bloom and the “Sake” steamed sakura-dai (Japanese sakura sea bream) with sakura risotto, fava bean and sakura-ebi. Ready for some drinks? The Roku Gin Tonic and Roku Gin Mojito have been specially crafted with Japanese botanicals such as the sakura flower, yuzu peel, sencha tea, sansho pepper, gyokuro tea.