The Opposite House, Beijing reveals its newest bar-restaurant outlet: SUPERFLY. A new remixed and remastered collection of the Sichuan and China evolution – its food, music and culture.
The neighborhood hangout, set within Beijing’s lively Sanlitun district, takes a creative spin on Sichuan’s buzzed about “Fly restaurants” – casual eateries famously known for their delicious Sichuan cuisine and the go-to hangout places for locals. SUPERFLY will be bringing this vibe to town, serving up delicious comfort food, Asian craft cocktails and draft beer from award-winning local brewery Great Leap.
“Superfly was designed as a fun, casual, neo-pop Chinese bistro that channels the energy and eclecticism of China’s youth culture,” says William Harris, one of the founding partners of AvroKO Design LLC. The design and branding of this retro-futuristic space was led by AvroKO’s Bangkok studio and Brand Bureau, AvroKo’s sister studio, who managed to creatively blend iconic typologies of the past with a vision towards the future.
Colorful and boldly patterned ceramic tiles in greens, blues and whites take cues from neighbourhood staple Cha Chaan Tengs, as do the salmon-colored terrazzo tables. Vintage wallpaper patterns behind the bar are contrasted with pops of neon and an array of eclectic lighting.
Symbols of Chinese creativity and artistic exploration are represented by rich graphic novels, Kung Fu Comics and pop-culture posters. A signature video art installation with a multi-screened, hybridized collection of early martial arts videos and quirky, old school children’s cartoons create an animated visual tapestry that feels at once familiar and strangely new.
The liveliness continues with framed views of the open kitchen, with Pullman booth seating in brass and fabric-wrapped arched niches flanking the action. Sleek leather banquettes and chairs in shades of forest green and chartreuse sit beneath modernistic custom chandeliers crafted from brass and hand-blown red glass.
A bustling and airy outdoor terrace is surrounded by lush greenery. Patterned tile flooring and contemporary furniture bring the indoors out, while an additional tile clad bar opens from the facade to provide specialty service.
Food & Drinks
Inspired by Sichuan cuisine, SUPERFLY is an accessible neighborhood hangout with an electric vibe and a focus on delivering delicious everyday food and drinks that just hits the spot. The kitchen team is led by Michelin-starred Chef Li Dong from Jing Yaa Tang, taking his commitment to flavor and quality but transforming it for a fun casual experience featuring authentic Sichuan ingredients as well as childhood favorite recipes.
Highlight dishes such as tian shui mian (sweet water noodles) are made with homemade noodles that are al dente in texture with various spices and a dash of Sichuan peppercorns, sugar and some crushed peanuts to give extra layers to the taste, which is sweet and spicy in flavor.
Taking inspiration from Great Leap Brewing’s beloved double cheeseburger, Chef Li Dong has transformed the favorite dish into their very own G.L.B Super Dumplings by using the same beef patty as the juicy filling of dumplings. SUPERFLY will also be serving Great Leap Brewing crafted beers that incorporate high-quality teas, spices, honeys, fruits and vegetables into the beer menu.
On the cocktail side of things, SUPERFLY will be featuring a fun cocktail list curated by Proof & Company, Asia-Pacific’s leading independent spirits company and one of the world’s most awarded drinks consultancies, offering a playful experience that celebrates the unique tastes of Chinese food and local culture.
One highlight is the Arctic Rickey, which takes inspiration from Arctic Ocean Soda, China's first popular homegrown soda, which remains beloved to this day. The drink is boosted with a generous splash of Peddlers – a Chinese Crafted Gin – then infused with herbs and botanicals to enrich the complexity and aroma of the cocktail.
Meanwhile, the S.L.S. G&T is a twist of Salty Lime Seven – a traditional southern Chinese drink made with salty lime and mixed with 7up. This classic drink is transformed it a refreshing yet savory Gin & Tonic, perfect for pairing with SUPERFLY’s spicy dishes.
For more details or reservations please call 6410 5220 or email email@example.com.
[All images via The Opposite House]
SUPERFLY, The Opposite House, Bldg 1, 11 Sanlitun Lu 朝阳区三里屯路11号院1号楼 (6410 5220)