Put a Spring in your Step with Sake No Hana’s New Sakura Menu

May 4, 2018

‘Hanami’ which means flower viewing, is a long standing Japanese tradition of welcoming spring.  The annual celebration is about appreciating the temporary beauty of nature – people gather under the Cherry Blossom for food and drink songs and companionship.  Indeed it’s a lovely idea and with Spring having finally sprung here in London, we set aside a weeknight to head for one of our favourite central hotspots – Sake No Hana.

This contemporary restaurant is known for its style and unique ideas and if you dine at the restaurant anytime between now and the 18th June, you’ll get to experience Lydia Kasumi Sherieff’s beautiful artwork installation symbolising this traditional Japanese festival.  Renowned for her paper sculptures, Lydia was commissioned especially, to transform the restaurant with captivating large paper clouds of ‘Sakura’ or ‘Cherry Blossom Blizzard’ while you eat.  This simple, clever design is really worth a visit to the restaurant just to see for yourself.

To compliment this gorgeous installation, Head Chef Hideki Hiwatashi has created a special four course ‘Sakura Supreme’ menu, collaborating with Perrier-Jouët Champagne.  The menu is further enhanced by three new cocktails which were inspired by the artistic direction of the artwork.  With each drink served with a miniature edible piece of Geisha art on rice paper, you get your very own little taste of ‘Hanami’ in Mayfair.

With central London’s renowned and chaotic vibe, we felt instantly calmed by the pretty pink backdrop that Lydia had created.  Kicking off with a recommended Cherry Minto (Beefeater 24 gin, peach, cherry, fresh mint and soda water), relaxed us further and I adored the freshness of the cocktail which also made the perfect palette cleanser.  In true Japanese tradition Miso soup was the first dish.  I always find Miso to be so warm, tasty and delicious (and apparently it’s great for the immune system too) – a great start to the set menu.  Sake No Hana’s ‘Signature Sushi’ followed –  eloquently presented in a clear bento-box-slash-jewellery-box, with its own surprise wrapped in bamboo leaf – I thought this was a lovely touch and conversation worthy at the table.  The main courses are, I think best shared as you wouldn’t want to miss either.  I opted for the Sakura Salmon and Angus Beef Sumiyaki with Chilli Ponzu – both of which were delicious.  Dessert was a pretty Orange Blossom Panna Cotta, lusciously light and flavoured end to the meal.

If you are yearning to see the famed cherry blossom of Japan, but your feet have no choice than to remain in London, then you will delight in a visit to Saka No Hana.  This is a beautifully designed restaurant but the installation creates a whole new feel, the perfect backdrop to try their new limited edition four course menu celebrating this Japanese festival.  Available until June 18th and very reasonably priced at £38, including a signature Sakura cocktail (or £52 including a glass of Perrier-Jouet Blanc De Blancs Champagne), Saka No Hana provides a truly sensory experience.

Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Stacey Hellewell.

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