Think Chaoyang Park West Gate, and the first place that springs to mind is Suzie Wong’s. Just a few doors down, though, this place is the club’s polar opposite. While Wong’s takes its name from 1957 novel The World of Suzie Wong and its Hong Kong hooker protagonist, Cheese and Wine Made in Heaven is clearly targeting a more angelic crowd.
Instead of gaudy red lights, you will find an über-simple decor, consisting of rustic wooden tables, a chalkboard listing wines by the glass, a bookcase-lined wall packed with over 200 bottles, and every turophile’s dream: a chilled room stocking everything from soft creamy goats’ cheese to harder cheddar-types. The cheese and wine in question doesn’t have a divine provenance but instead hails mostly from France and Italy. Glasses range from 50 to 65RMB; bottles star t from 166RMB and can be bought to go. The selection changes regularly, according to the taste of the bar/shop’s Parisian owner, and includes some great dessert wines.
Platters star t from 120RMB for three cheeses and are served with fruits, nuts and baguettes pulled from charming wicker baskets. The absence of music means it’s perhaps not the best place to go on a first date (unless you’re really confident of filling those silences). But, thanks to the grown-up, casual café vibe, we envisage many a yummy mummy having a catch-up natter here.