IT IS spring in Japan. It is the time of the year when the lovely cherry blossom flowers bloom.
The pretty sight of the pink flowers is enough to make one feel enchanted by the beauty of mother nature.
In conjunction with the season, Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen restaurant is offering a Spring Delight promotion until May 15.
The promotion is catered around an interesting Japanese tradition called Hanami.
The Hanami tradition of welcoming the spring season is celebrated with flower viewing.
Thousands would throng the parks with their family and friends to sit under the cherry blossom tree and indulge in a cosy picnic.
Bento boxed meal, wagashi or better known as Japanese sweets, and the sakura tea is prepared and enjoyed.
Tonkatsu is known for its fried breaded pork dishes.
However, to commemorate the spring festival, the restaurant is serving the Sakura Set comprising a bento box meal and one wagashi set for RM43.80.
The bento set, called the Sakura Set, comes with breaded prawn, asparagus wrapped in pork, onion rings, tori karaage and yaki tamago, vegetables, Japanese salad and pickles.
The specially seasoned rice is garnished with fish paste powder with a dash of pink food colouring.
The presentation of the set is completed with roe.
The set comes with two choices of wagashi, which is the dessert.
Diners could either choose the set with sakura mochi and green tea with cherry blossom or sakura mochi with sakura ice cream and strawberries.
Interestingly, the sakura mochi with red bean paste filling is wrapped with the cherry blossom flower leave.
Meanwhile, the green tea has real cherry blossom flowers in it.
Tonkatsu by Wa Kitchen restaurant general manager for marketing (Food and Beverage Division) Cherine Yap said the restaurant is decorated with a replica of cherry blossom flowers for the promotion.
“In Japan people picnic under the cherry blossom tree during the season.
“We tried to incorporate the similar feel here at the restaurant.
“In Malaysia, Japanese restaurants rarely have promotions for the spring season and we decided to offer the sakura set,” said Yap.
The restaurant is running the SakurawithTonkatsu instagram contest.
To participate follow instagram account @tonkatsubywakitchen
TONKATSU BY WA KITCHEN restauran @ Lot 6.12.00, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2144 2992) Business hours: 11am to 10pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.