Spring has arrived in full force in Brisbane. It only lasts about 3 weeks so I intend on making the most of it before the onslaught of an El Nino summer.
To celebrate the arrival of the season in the southern hemisphere, Sake Brisbane has launched a cherry blossom banquet menu, and I was lucky enough to be invited along for a preview.
One of the first things I noticed upon arrival was the cherry blossom tree inside the restaurant – it is a live tree that has been brought in especially for the festival. Cherry blossom branches also festoon the walls, and out on the balcony is a twinkling cherry blossom tree – fake but convincing enough to fool one poor bee!
I start with the special “Cherry Jelly” cocktail, which combines cherry puree and sweet cherry liqueur with sparkling ume (plum jelly). It is delicious but, I must admit, a little bit bizarre to have to chew bits of your cocktail!
We sample a range of items from both the normal Sake menu and the cherry blossom banquet menu:
Popcorn shrimp (a highlight!)
Steamed prawn dumplings
Fresh Queensland scallops with ocean trout caviar and ponzu sauce
As well as:
- pan seared ocean trout with sweet pea puree and asian mushrooms tossed with butter soy;
- fried lamb backstrap with pickled beetroot puree, Jerusalem artichoke and baby carrot; and
- very strawberry sorbet, mousse, jelly, marshmallow and crisp consumme
Unfortunately those options made it into my mouth before I could get a decent photo. You’ll just have to trust me when I say they were all delicious.
I have been to Sake several times now, and every time I am impressed by the food – it continues to be innovative, fresh and to the highest standards. The cherry blossom festival is a great idea, and I can certainly vouch for the banquet option. The banquet with matching sake is $128, or just food is $88 and well worth it.
The cherry blossom festival runs until 30 September.
45 Eagle St
Eagle St Pier
Ph: 3015 0557
As usual, full disclosure, I was a guest of Sake Brisbane, but all opinions are my own.