Fei Jai Next Door
“I can’t lie, I miss you,” reads the custom-made neon sign that hangs on a wall of exposed brick and fresco plaster. The space is an industrial spin on the blackened ambience of next door’s eatery. It’s lucent, at once polished and raw, with a mixture of vintage chocolate leather and unsealed brass against white tiling and marble. There is a tunnel that runs between to two venues – their unifying feature.
A tight bar menu pays homage to Chinese classics, such as the soup-filled xiao long bao dumplings, and the Spanner Crab Congee Tea Cup: a shot glass of rice porridge topped with tender crab and fried shallots.
The cocktails tend towards the lighter side, with infused gins, vodkas and white rums. The wine list has an organic leaning, taking you on a tour through France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with a couple of German Rieslings. There is a White Chocolate Negroni with cacao blanc. And the Chinegroni, with apricot-infused gin and chai-infused vermouth.