Chinta Ria Mood For Love, Sydney

  13 November 2011


Oh hai Simon Goh! So like, there’s a new kid on the block with crazy awesome authentic Malaysian food.

Tucked away on the top level of Westfield is the new branch of Chinta Ria, Mood For Love (Level 6 Westfield, Corner Pitt Street Mall and Market Street, Sydney). Make your way past the heavy wooden doors and step inside a room inspired by the movie In the Mood for Love, written and directed by Kar Wai Wong. When faced with copyright issues, Simon went the extra mile and organised the filming of new sequences which are projected against the wall.

The Nipple Bar is in the far corner of the room, pumping out cocktails and we can’t resist trying a few with saucy names like Love Bite and Touch Lips.

We start off with the cutest ever Otak otak ($11) that arrive in tiny bamboo steamers. The mackerel mousse is smooth and light and just enough spice that borders on oh crap that’s burn-y but oh man that’s so tasty I just can’t stop.

Achar ($10) is pickled vegetables at its crunchy best.

Satay is always a tricky one and is always something I am extremely fussy with but these beef and satay chicken skewers ($12 for 4) were perfect, charcoaly edges and juicy meaty innards with a ridiculously addictive peanut sauce to dunk in.

Chai tow koay radish cake ($11) is panfried deliciousness /slides bean sprouts away.

Monk’s mushrooms ($18) is a rainbow of mushrooms- shiitake, enoki and oyster mushrooms brought together to celebrate the mushroom world.

Of course we can’t go past dessert and a mix platter offers the most incredible durian pannacotta ($9.80), Ondeh ondeh ($8.80), Kueh dadar ($8.80) and Pandan sago ($8.80).

ChocolateSuze dined as a guest of Chinta Ria Mood for Love

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