Newens Tea House’s lovely Cherry Blos­som Af­ter­noon Tea lives up to the sakura sea­son that in­spired it.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Savour - By JEN­NIFER CHOO

Is there any meal quite as civilised as af­ter­noon tea? Newens Tea House at Feast Vil­lage, Starhill Gallery, adds a cul­tural di­men­sion to this beloved af­ter­noon rit­ual through its A Jour­ney Through Tea se­ries. Care­fully cu­rated treats are paired with teas ac­cord­ing to a monthly theme. Hav­ing started 2018 with Tra­di­tional English High Tea and ush­ered the Lu­nar New Year with Spring in China Tea in Fe­bru­ary, March of­fers Cherry Blos­som Af­ter­noon Tea - just in time for the charm­ing rit­ual of hanami cel­e­brat­ing Ja­pan’s sakura sea­son.

This Ja­pa­nese-in­spired tea set com­mem­o­rates the glo­ri­ous cherry blos­som sea­son with a trio of dainty sakura-themed mini cakes, each a minia­ture work of art; a clas­sic Cal­i­for­nia hand roll served in a porce­lain vase; a plat­ter of fresh savouries of sal­mon sashimi, maki­mono tam­ago (omelettes in a roll) and maki­mono kani (crab­meat in a roll); and pra­lines. This el­e­gant pre­sen­ta­tion is paired with aro­matic Wild Cherry Tea, a del­i­cately nu­anced brew that en­cap­su­lates the sen­so­rial de­lights of spring. www.starhill­ ¬

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