Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cherry Picks

Cherry Blossom season means two things. 1. There will be inept tourists everywhere. And 2. Every single restaurant will offer some sort of cherry dish or cocktail.

Yesterday I sampled some of the tastes and sips that will be served in the coming weeks. My favorite of all was Mie N Yu's cherry blossom cocktail, made with SurReal grape vodka, cherry-infused plum wine, cranberry juice and sour mix (above). It goes down so easy and tastes like a Popsicle. Also good was Asia Nine's cherry infused sake, and I don't normally order sake at Japanese restaurants.

On the food side, M Street Bar and Grill offers flaky cherry and brie purses, which are tasty but the cherry sauce is too heavy, while Asia Nine's blossom fried rice with cherries and tofu is really good.

For desserts, I loved Domaso's chocolate cherry napoleon, which is sinful, and Café Mozu at the Mandarin Oriental served these little chocolate cones with cherry sorbet and compote that sadly won't be on the real menu. They'll have cherry clafoutis instead.

There are lots of restaurants that weren't represented yesterday, and I hope I get to try bourbon and chocolate cherry cobbler from Georgia Brown's, poached foie gras with cherry blossoms at Bourbon Steak and Urbana's chocolate brioche and English toffee bread pudding with cherries and cherry gelato.

Visit for a full list of participating restaurants.

Mie N Yu's Cherry Blossom cocktail. Photograph courtesy of Mie N Yu.

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