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Celebrate Spring with the Conservatorium’s new Hanami Menu in Taiko

In Taiko, the modern contemporary Asian restaurant in the Conservatorium, Spring has officially been launched by the introduction of the new Hanami menu created by Chef Schilo van Coevorden. Schilo gave his own interpretation to the traditional Hanami picnic. In a refined twelve-course Hanami menu, guests are taken on a sensory journey along the irresistible seasonal highlights of Japan, China and Thailand.

The word Hanami (“flower viewing”), is a Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, welcoming the new harvest and celebrating the season when the rice is being planted. The Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the most colourful events in the world. Every year visitors from over the entire world visit Japan to see the iconic cherry blossom flower. By tradition, people gather under the flowering trees for festive picnics with bento boxes, sake and music. This festive happening has inspired Schilo to launch this beautiful twelve-course Hanami menu in Taiko.

The menu consists of: surprising Taiko snacks to start with, a seduction by sashimi made of Hamachi with sakura ponzu, a fresh spring salad of king crab and sake, Icelandic langoustines with daikon and sakuraleaves, Dutch asparagus in combination with mugi miso, Shaoxing and farmhouse egg and Chirashi sushi of veal tartar with garden peas. Followed by tom ka midkon with razor clams, coconut and Thai basil and Thai style duck dumplings with green mango. Enjoy the arctic char with wasabi and bamboo shoots and local lamb as the main dish in combination with kogi, black beans, morels and mushrooms served with aubergine and Schezuan peppers. To clear the palate, a fresh dessert of Dutch rhubarb and strawberries is paired with umeshu and finally, love at first sight with the sakura dark chocolate and cherry tree.

In contrast to the short-flowering sakura, in Taiko you can enjoy the above Hanami menu until the end of June, which is also available as a four-course menu.

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