5 Cherry Picked Foods to Try During #CherryBlossomFest

Opaline’s cheesecake. Image credit Kate Michael

Savor the tastes of Spring as restaurants around town are releasing specials surrounding the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  There are so many cherry-themed eats and treats to try! Here are five of our own “cherry picks”:

Opaline’s Bone-In Pork Chop. Image credit Kate Michael

Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons tempts with Katsu Sando, richly marbled cuts of A5 New York Strip Steak with all the Japanese trimmings wedged between a Japanese milk bread parker house roll.  It’s served in a bento box of course ($100), and pairs perfectly with a Sakura Spritz ($18) from the bar.

There are cherry blossom desserts aplenty, but have you tried the special limited edition Hoho at Buttercream?  The childhood favorite — but not — is rolled up and filled with cherry buttercream icing ($4.50) Decadent doesn’t do it justice.

Opaline Bar & Brasserie at the Sofitel has an entire menu of Cherry Blossom Picks, including Harney & Sons tea and scones, a cheesecake made with cherry rose wine, and a Fleur de Cerisier cocktail that even has cherry blossom tea infused into it ice cubes.  But the pièce de résistance is the Bone-In Pork Chop ($36).  Encrusted with almond and sitting on a bed of leeks and cherry jus, it’s a must try this season.

A Taste of Tokyo happens at the St. Regis through Sunday, April 14th.  The drink, a mix of Midori melon

St. Regis’ Cherry Blossom Tea. Image courtesy: St. Regis

liqueur, sake, green chartreuse, lemon juice and passion fruit adds some spirit to the venue’s Afternoon Tea… which gets a bit ‘blushed’ up anyway with seasonal inspired bites at 2 and 5 pm ($55 per person).

Occidental Grill offers a cultural favorite with a sour cherry twist.  The Sour Cherry – Yuzu Gyoza is a fried dumpling — but dessert. This one is oozing with nectarous filling and served with a scoop of cherry blossom gelato.

Taste them all while your appetite is in peak bloom!

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