Here are the best sakura-themed eats to feed your pink fancy, from an entire afternoon tea spread to a delightfully floral cocktail!
We know you’re feeling just as travel-starved as we are while we ride out this Covid-19 wave. As we seek consolation in the fact that we are, at least, not under a lockdown, we’ve found ways to scratch that wanderlust itch: vicariously, through food. Embrace the pink, because we’re going on a cherry blossom-themed journey this sakura season, even if we can’t hop on the next flight out.
Sakura strawberry cheese tart at Cafe&Meal Muji
Available till 1 April 2020
We love Cafe&Meal Muji for palate-pleasing seasonal eats, and springtime is no exception. Cherry blossom season sees the introduction of the sakura strawberry cheese tart, beautifully made in the shape of the bloom. Sakura mousse and strawberry jam come together in this butter tart, topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting and hiding a sakura jelly centre within.
Psst: There’s more seasonal creations on the spring menu like the poached salmon flakes salad and lychee sunset tea. And with every purchase of a Spring Set Meal, you get to add-on a spring menu dessert at only $5 (U.P. from $7.90)! Promotion ends on 1 April 2020.
Cafe&Meal Muji, Spring Set Meal, $18.80 / Sakura strawberry cheese tart, $7.90, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura, Raffles City and Jewel Changi
Sakura afternoon tea at Lobby Lounge
Available till 4 May 2020
Spring has sprung into a multi-tiered platter of cherry blossom sweets at Lobby Lounge. The sakura afternoon tea set sees items like the sakura cheese cake, lychee sakura almond tart and sakura raspberry velvet presented in their elegant pink glory. The seasonal flower is even incorporated in the savoury cherry blossom hummus with smoked chicken, as well as the buttery sakura scones.
Sakura afternoon tea, Mon – Fri at $30++ per adult, Sat – Sun at $62++ (inclusive of seafood and cheese platters), Lobby Lounge, Conrad Centennial Singapore, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982
Always Sakura tea and macarons at TWG Tea
Available till 21 June 2020
TWG Tea never fails to delight with the dizzying array of tea options and the happiness-inducing macarons. This spring (and virus) season, we think the Always Sakura tea and macarons are the perfect stay-in treat. If the calming aroma of this floral tea blend and the sweet pink macarons (filled with a smooth milk chocolate ganache) don’t lift your mood, we don’t know what will.
Always Sakura tea, $42 per tin / Always Sakura macarons, $2 per piece or in gift boxes of 6 ($12), 12 ($24) or 24 ($48), TWG tea, multiple locations including Ion Orchard, Raffles City and Changi Airport
Sakura at il Cielo
Available till 30 May 2020
It looks like a painting of a sakura tree and tastes like a chocolatey dessert. This is Sakura from il Cielo’s seasonal spring menu, and we can’t think of a better way to end a meal at this Michelin Plate restaurant. Expect a bittersweet, floral bite with Valrhona dark chocolate terrine wrapped in an edible sakura leaf, balanced out with the light sakura gelato, crunchy Japanese lily bulbs and chewy tapioca pearls.
il Cielo’s seasonal spring menu, from $138 for a four course meal, level 24, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
Is It A Mojito? At Neon Pigeon
Available on the permanent menu
For the tippleholics who want to commemorate spring, Neon Pigeon shakes up “Is It A Mojito?” – and the answer to that is yes, but with a twist. Expect a sakura-infused white rum cordial mixed with yellow chartreuse, sea buckthorn, apple cinnamon syrup and pineapple rum. We’re all for this floral take on a cocktail classic!
Neon Pigeon, Is It A Mojito? cocktail at $21++, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109