Cherry Blossom Festival at Daniel San

Pink food on a table
Photograph: Supplied/Daniel San

Time Out says

Tuck into pink bao buns and sakura-coloured sushi at this Manly seafront bar

While we may not be lining up to see flowering cherry blossom trees in the Auburn Botanic Gardens this year – the park is currently closed to visitors – the team behind Manly's modern Japanese eatery Daniel San has decided to mock up its own version of a pink-hued sakura paradise. From late September and for the whole month of October, the airy beachside venue will transform into a blushing floral bower, decked out with thousands of cherry blossom stems to emulate the two weeks in spring when the streets of Japan are filled with blooming cherry trees.

Cherry blossom season is a time that represents renewal and growth. Communities gather to reflect on the beauty of the flowers, in a celebration known as hanami. In tribute to this event on the Japanese calendar, Daniel San is introducing an all-pink menu; rosy bao buns, pink-toned sushi, and sweet, blushing sakura mochi ball skewers with ice cream centres. Drinks also get a pink spin, with a riff on a Gin Fizz and a sakura Martini.

They are also hosting a bottomless cherry blossom Bellini brunch, which includes a sakura tasting plate for $59 per person. Bookings are essential.

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