Mixologist Michael Chiem, one half of cocktail bar and soda factory PS40, shakes things up at the Chinese dumpling bar.
Inspired by Shanghainese fare, Michael Chiem who Australian Bartender named “one to watch” this month has crafted a refreshing mix of seven cocktails and three mocktails exclusively for select New Shanghai restaurants. These include Westfield Sydney, Emporium and Queens Plaza for those of you wanting to tumble down the rabbit hole into cocktail bliss.
The menu, which is available now for a limited time, exudes with Chinese and Japanese influences, making it the perfect accompaniment to the dumpling banquet you have planned. Chiem takes base spirits like yuzu sake and plum wine and pairs them with alternate Asian ingredients such as Sriracha, white rose tea, and coconut and pandan ice cream (check out the Southern Air) to create a handful of cocktails that are simple yet delicate.
Take for example, the Yuzu As We Do. It’s an all-out crowdpleaser which features yuzu sake, suze, white rose tea and sparkling water that comes off as light and crisp as a sweet wine. Or the Southern Air (pictured), a sweet but light gin-based concoction that’s best drunk as a dessert, not least because it features Messina coconut and pandan sorbet.
For something to sit on, try the #10. It’s Chiem’s take on an Old Fashioned and features pimento bitters and a Szechuan date syrup that blooms with character the longer you let it sit.
Take your time. Order some more dumplings.
You know you want to.
Address: Westfield Sydney, 1017-1020/188 Pitt St, Sydney
Opening times: 11am-9pm, daily
Website: New Shanghai