Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver celebrates spring with sakura-inspired tasting menu

Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver celebrates spring with sakura-inspired tasting menu

You may remember that we enjoyed a #Pugstaycation at the gorgeous Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver recently. And our dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Market by Jean-Georges, was incredible! If you’ve visiting Vancouver, this property is a must-visit for sure.

From now until the end of April, our local Shangri-La Hotel is celebrating the arrival of spring and Vancouver’s beautiful abundance of cherry trees bursting with pink and white blooms—40,000 to be precise—with a sakura-inspired tasting menu at Market by Jean-Georges.Created by executive chef Ken Nakano, the “Sakura” tasting menu pays homage to his Japanese heritage, and is inspired by his mother.

“I remember having bountiful picnics beneath the beautiful cherry trees in Queen Elizabeth Park with my family each spring,” said Nakano. “The flavours of this menu are inspired by my mother, and the Japanese cooking techniques that she instilled in me. For example, with daikon, she used to tell us if we grated it with too much force or anger it would become bitter and unpleasant. She taught us precision, and how to handle ingredients with respect.”

Clams steamed in sake
Guests can anticipate dishes such as Side Stripe Shrimp, with Eggplant Salad, Green Beans, Grated Daikon Momiji, and Sake Vinaigrette; or a savoury Sablefish, marinated in Sake Lees, Crispy Rice, and Edamame Purée. With a passion for authentic farm-to-table cuisine, Chef Nakano showcases the finest Canadian ingredients from coast to coast, which shine through on the Sakura menu with ingredients such as Northern Lite BC Rice, naturally grown in the Fraser Valley, as well as Ocean Wise seafood from the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Haida Gwaii to Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island.

Junmai Nigori
As an accompaniment for the Sakura menu, guests are encouraged to try the Junmai sake pairing from the award-winning Artisan SakeMaker. Handcrafted on Granville Island by sakemaker Masa Shiroki, Osake is Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium sake. The “Sakura” tasting menu is $98 per person, with sake or wine pairing available for $70 per person.

The Sakura and Sake menu is available until 30 April, 2016, at Market by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. For more information or for reservations, call Market by Jean-Georges at 604-695-1115 or visit

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