You may have noticed your Instagram feed is full of florals right now – a sure sign that spring has indeed sprung. Indeed, if a restaurant hasn’t covered itself in blooms is it even worth visiting? Joining the likes of Peggy Porshen, The Ivy Chelsea Garden and Hush Mayfair is The Bloom Room at P.F. Chang’s Asian Table. The pan-Asian restaurant is big news in the States, with over 280 restaurants as well as locations in South America, Central America, the Middle East and Asia but the Leicester Square location is the only spot in London.
Upstairs all looks familiar but head downstairs and you’ll find it’s been decked out with the perfectly pink Japanese Sakura flower, known as the cherry blossom. It’s certainly ‘insta-worthy’ and proving they know their customer, they’ve even gone so far as to provide a moveable light ring (adorned with flowers, naturally) so you can capture the perfect selfie. As such it’s attracted the kind of girls that like to get dressed UP (we saw enough side boob to last us a lifetime) who have dragged along their long-suffering insta-husbands. But hey, who are we to judge, the constant light source helped us get a great shot of dessert.
On to the food & drink….
The Sakura Dream is a brand new cocktail created for the pop-up – a mix of vodka, pink grapefruit juice, guava and lemongrass, topped with a delicate sugar lattice. It’s also available sans booze if you’re not drinking.
You’ll order your food from the same menu as upstairs which centres around Chinese wok dishes and pan-Asian influences. We started with fiery tofu bites and giant vegetable spring rolls before moving onto dragon roll sushi. I was there with a veggie which highlighted the lack of plant-based options – if you’re in the same boat the side section will be your friend – we’re looking at you chilli aubergine, fried rice and wasabi mash.
Dessert was back on theme with specially created floral options. The light, citrusy cherry blossom cheesecake looked the part, adorned as it was with pretty pink petals, whilst the giant macaroon was filled with fresh raspberries and matcha ganache, served with the most delicious rose ice cream.
The Bloom Room is open Monday – Sunday 6.30pm until close. Tables are reservation only, guests must reference Bloom Room when booking.