Catching up with good friends after a semester apart at Chinta Ria: Temple of Love, in true, Darling Harbour tourist style.
I have to admit I saw more groups of friends and businessmen and women than couples but maybe the Temple of Love applies to friend-love too. Or the couples were waiting for us all to leave. Speaking of friend-love...
Shout-out to C, C, T and D for putting up with my 'I MUST TAKE PHOTOS OF EVERYTHING!' tendencies. I'm also trying to avoid the obligatory food blogger format of photo of restaurant -> photo of menu -> photos of food and I think I've succeeded.
There is no photo of the menu. Hah.
I will, however, give you a link to the menu instead and more photos of the beautifully decorated interior.
The good thing about going out with a large group of friends is that you can split dishes. Given the restaurant is in Darling Harbour, the prices are understandably on the more expensive end. I think all of us ended up splitting dishes in groups of 5, 3 and 2.
I was a bit hesitant when ordering because I am not good with spicy dishes and I'm not sure if Malaysian dishes are usually spicy. I veered on the safe side suggesting the beef, but the dishes we ordered weren't as spicy as we thought.
Service was lovely - the waiters were pleasant and obliging (and lit candles on the table for us when it got dark haha!). We arrived perhaps around 7pm without a booking and they managed to seat us within 5 minutes. The food arrived very quickly (I think we waited maybe 15min at most for all the dishes?) so...early dinners are a good idea!
This was the King Toh Beef and it was amazing. It was cooked really well - crunchy coating and tender meat inside. It's not spicy - the sauce is actually a sweet soy sauce blend.
I think this is the Sambal Mee Hoon, given there are prawns...I could have sworn we ordered the Sing Mai Fun though o_o. Very fragrant flavour. I'm very sensitive to spicy food but even I didn't find this spicy, so it was good. The chicken and prawn were slightly under-seasoned though.
The Nasi Lemak Campur with chicken curry. The chicken was so tender and delicious and the curry wasn't as spicy as I was expecting. It had a mild, aromatic taste. Loved the achar salad - a great palate cleanser. There wasn't a lot of rice but, combined with the vermicelli from the Sambal Mee Hoon, it was enough.
5 of us shared these 3 dishes and we actually had left overs. Okay, so some of us don't eat a lot and a number of factors may have made others less hungry than usual, but the portion sizes are fairly generous, especially for the meat dishes. The bill amounted to $11.70 each, which is an amazingly decent individual price for dinner.
Sharing dishes does make for some long, rather embarrassing (basic arithmetic!) bill-paying. Thanks so much to the Chinta Ria staff for being lovely and accepting all those coins (●´▽｀)
Happy Summer~ (at The Galeries, at least)