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Sakura season comes to Raffles’ The Writers Bar

Sakura Afternoon Tea with guest chefs from Swissôtel Osaka has a limited run.

Known for featuring innovative themes and luxurious high tea experiences, Raffles Makati’s The Writers Bar recently launched a new exciting theme: Sakura Afternoon Tea, which will be available for a limited period.

Supported by Swissôtel Nankai Osaka, Raffles Makati features two Japanese guest chefs—head chef Yoshida and executive pastry Chef Nakamura—and for the launch partnered with tea master Kenta Ikeda of Ikeda Seicha.

A taste of Japanese high tea at Raffles’ The Writers Bar

The chefs concocted an authentic Sakura Afternoon Tea menu, which showcases TWG luxury tea flavors with an option to upgrade into Secha (loose) seaweed-like flavor, Genmaicha (loose) roasted pop rice or Matcha (powdered) Ikeda Seicha green tea, plus two luscious tiers of savory and sweet canapés—matcha sesame tofu with black beans and lotus root, teriyaki chicken sandwich and egg salad, salmon roll with tofu, daikon radish matcha madeleine, mitarashi dumpling, sakura and berry mont blanc, sakura and cream cheese mousse, strawberry panna cotta and yuzu jelly, to name a few.

Raffles Makati hotel manager Aubrey Ada, and tea master and CEO of Ikeda Seicha Kenta Ikeda demonstrating the making of authentic Japanese matcha.

The launch was hosted by Raffles Makati hotel manager Aubrey Ada, tea master Kenta Ikeda together with Keiko Ozaeta, managing director of Ikeda Seicha, who explained the fascinating tea ceremony ritual. The chefs demonstrated matcha making activity, while Raffles Makati executive chef Bela Rieck introduced Head Chef Yoshida san and Executive Pastry Chef Nakamura San to present and expound on the interesting story behind its authentic Sakura Afternoon Tea menu.

The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati is open daily from 2 to 11 pm, where the Sakura Afternoon Tea is served from 2 to 3:30 pm and from 4 to 5:30 pm. Each set for two is P2,900 nett with optional upgrades for mocktails, cocktails and champagne. Reservations are required to enjoy afternoon tea and other offerings at The Writers Bar through