Hanami is the Japanese tradition of viewing flowers, as well appreciating the beauty of the cherry blossom season. It’s traditionally celebrated in Japan by throwing wild outdoor parties and feasting underneath the pretty pink trees – and whilst the March weather might be a little too chilly for that in London, Mei Ume are doing their best to bring the festival to life.
Yep, Mei Ume can’t promise the wild outdoor parties, but it can certainly offer the second part of the celebrations: a big feast beneath the blossom. The Japanese restaurant, found at the Four Seasons Hotel in Tower Hill, has transformed into a delicate garden of cherry blossom, with pink and white blossom twisting across the restaurant. It’s such a gorgeous look, we can’t help but wish it was here all the time…
The makeover will be in place until April 29, and Mei Ume have paired the new look with an exclusive, traditional Japanese a la carte menu from Head Chef Tony Truong. The seasonal menu features the likes of Ika Karaage (crispy deep fried squid), Wagyu Beef Yaki Gyoza, and Nasu Dengaku: a delectable dish of miso-grilled aubergines. Unsurprisingly, there are also some spectacular sushi specials, including Beef Tataki and Prawn Maki.
Meanwhile, the bar will be serving up a stunning new Cherry Blossom Tea cocktail, created by mixologist Ayoub Radi. Composed of floral Mancino Sakura vermouth, vodka, and sparkling sake, it sounds right up our street, and is sure to tastes just as beautiful as it looks. At Mei Ume, sakura season never tasted so good!
Find Mei Ume at Four Seasons, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ. The sakura season menu and installation are in place until April 29.
Also published on Medium.