May 11, 2018
In the heart of Chinatown, Opium bar is a sprawling Eastern cocktail den, serving up drinks and dim sum in shabby-chic Oriental splendour. And now, they’ve created Peony as a delicate offshoot from this lively hub. Patrons enter through the Jade Door, into a luxurious drinking den that’s secluded from the bustle and noise beyond. The delicate pinks and greens of its logo point to a more sophisticated approach, that emphasises the ceremony of drinking sake – as served from finely-made bamboo-handled teapots patterned with pandas or rare birds. And sumptuous furnishings draw on an exotic range of influences, featuring delicate Chinese wallpapers with blossom designs, elegant, soft colours and quiet comfort that’s presided over by your hostess Rasa. The cocktail menu prioritises prettiness, with drinks served in delicate cut-glass vessels and garnished with orchid flowers. The bijou selection includes the Peony Punch sharer, which mingles dragon fruit, vodka, coconut juice and cranberry – perfect for an elegant tete-a-tete. The Emperor’s Garden uses rice wine and cardamom to create a lingering aromatic scent, while the Golden Sazerac features rum finished with lemongrass smoke.There’s also a suitably refined choice of dim sum on offer. This is a high-end refuge, with appropriately steep prices, and it’s generally reserved for private hire. But if you’re looking for a little exotic splendour, it could be just the haunt you need.