Sep 162012

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.

Sake Brisbane
Level 1
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.

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