Cherry blossoms have been blooming around the city for some time now, prompting both Vancouverites and tourists to stop and take a couple photos or just gaze at its simplistic beauty.
To capture the blooming buds in a more tangible sense, several eateries around town have incorporated cherry blossoms as an ingredient in special items or menus.
Here are five places to find sakura-inspired food around Vancouver.
Minami Yaletown (1118 Mainland Street)
Check out a sakura menu that includes items like a Minami Sakura Roll—shiso infused shari, creamy snow crab filling, spinach, asparagus, wrapped with Kanpachi, topped with sakuradenbu, sakura salt, and raspberry sauce. Expect an artistically crafted sakura-infused dessert to end your meal, as well as a sakura cocktail to quench your thirst.
Lucky's Doughnuts (various locations)
Eat a limited-edition sakura doughnut that’s almost too pretty to devour. Available through April 14 for $5 each, these classic filled Bismarcks are infused with Japanese sakura blossoms and filled with house-made sweet red bean paste. Topped with a strawberry-sakura glaze, matcha meringue, and a mini sakura blossom shortbread cookie.
The Urban Tea Merchant (1070 West Georgia Street)
Luxury tea brand TWG Tea recently launched its new Sakura! Sakura! Tea, a green tea with hints of cherry blossom. Pair it with The Urban Tea Merchant's sakura tea-infused macarons. The tea salon also offers a sakura tea set, featuring Japanese-inpired savouries and sweets for a delectable afternoon.
Sakura Days Japan Fair (5251 Oak Street)
An annual attraction that is also a part of Vancouver's Cherry Blossom Festival, enjoy Japanese festival food, cooking classes hosted by Guu Japanese restaurant, premium sake sample flights and sake by-the-glass, and a Japanese tea ceremony held at VanDusen Botanical Garden on April 9 and 10.
Market by Jean-Georges (1115 Alberni Street)
Try a delicious five-course sakura tasting menu ($98) and pair it with Junmai sake. Indulge in appetizers like the side stripe shrimp, combined with eggplant salad, green beans, grated daikon momji, and sake vinaigrette. Remember to save some room for dessert— it will served on a black dish and decorated with cherry blossoms, the matcha sponge cake with biwa, and ume plum semi freddo.