When Cantonese restaurant Madame Fan opened at The NCO Club last year, its namesake bar was quietly launched as well, though most of the fanfare was directed at the food, due to restaurateur Alan Yau’s backing of the program. But now, with a new head mixologist at the helm, the plush cocktail lounge is finally officially revealed, shaking up the 40-seater space with a series of Asian-influenced concoctions.
Inspired by the famous Chinese ballad of the same name, Tian Mi Mi ($24) brings on the sweetness with a bit of an edge, from its mix of whisky, smoked camomile liqueur, mandarin, honey, and white and black peppercorn. It’s zesty, it’s floral, it’s spicy — and it comes with a honeycomb slice because, well, love’s got that saccharine quality, we guess.
As a take on the classic Martinez, Madame Fan’s Yu Cha ($26) blends Beefeater 24 gin and whisky with tie guan yin tea and shiso vermouth, resulting in herbal and bittersweet notes served in a pretty porcelain teapot.