Am I the last one to Mr Chew’s? Seems like everyone I know have been here except myself. I’ve seen a lot about this place on my social media feed, but I didn’t really know what to expect as I didn’t pay much attention to the details. If everyone raves about it, should be worth checking out right?! Once every month, we would actually explore somewhere “fancy” for dinner just to celebrate…Us. This time, it happened to be on the day of Colony’s official launch at Vipod Residences – a stylish and exclusive co-working space in the heart of city. So for us, we decided to kill two birds with one stone. Dressed up for two occasions, and they’re only about a kilometer away.
It only took us about 5 minutes getting to Lot 10’s parking space. Reason why we ended up there was because there’s none in WOLO building itself. Unless you’re comfortable with valet services, Lot 10 would be a good option as it’s just across the street from WOLO. Otherwise, I suggest to go with Uber or Grab if you’re in high heels.
Mr Chew’s is on the Penthouse of WOLO, with high ceiling windows and dining area spread over 2 levels. Unfortunately, night views of KL city sky scrappers aren’t the focus here since the penthouse is not above 10 levels (nothing to see here lah, unless you enjoy watching Lot 10 and KL traffic jam). What’s captivating was the giant quirky portrait of a Chinese Empress with a bottle of liquor next to her. Nevertheless, I still liked the high ceiling. Always enhances the ambience, making it more open and elegant.
I must say the service in Mr Chew’s was impeccable, from the moment we were seated until the end of our meal. We began our evening with some Mr.Chew’s Tidbits (appetizers) which were presented to us. RM5 for 3 out of 6 choices. We ordered a glass of white wine and a refreshing glass of Jiangxi Fresca (RM38) to go with them. I was a little bit confused by what Mr Chew’s menu had to offer as it’s labeled as Chino Latino Bar. I assumed it was a crossover of Chinese-South American like kind of food and drinks. Seems like it was an influence from all over Asia like Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and even local flavours.
We had two tapas and one main to share. First up was Nori Taco with Sushi Rice, Salmon Belly & Salmon Roe, and Tobikko Mayo (RM28). The friendly staff told us this was everyone’s favourite, and we had to order. It was actually sushi rolled in fried nori. Interesting. Quite tasty too.
Another recommended tapa was the grilled Betel Leaves with Five Spice Duck, Foie Gras, Toasted Hazelnuts & Shao Xing Stewed Cherry Sauce (RM28). Not bad. It did remind me of the traditional Thai snack, Miang Kham if any of you are familiar with Thai food.
We always enjoy a good steak. So we ordered the Home Blended Soy Sauce Marinated Grilled OP Steak with Chive Flowers & Garlic Chive Butter (RM190) for our main. That piece of steak was really really tender, but slightly sweet on the marinate.
We were moved from our dinner table to the dessert bar for our 6 course dessert degustation. This was the highlight of the night in Mr Chew’s. RM60++ for tea pairing and RM95++ for booze pairing. Not difficult to guess which was my choice right? Tsk tsk.
The first 2 courses were Mixed Berries Honeycomb Sago Crisp paired with Opihr gin, and Kumquat Marshmallow paired with Umeshu Ice Lemon Tea Fizz. Frankly speaking, I didn’t quite enjoy the dessert. But the gin though, mmm.. Yum!
And then it got better. The third course was Tonka Bean Ice Cream & Red Bean Mochi paired with Matchalada (gin mix green tea, white chocolate and milk). While the forth was Lotus Paste Puff with Teh Tarik Ice Cream, Espresso Foam and Shaoxing 18 years. I like anything with red bean and lotus paste!
Mr Gadget chose the Banana Burrito (tonka bean ice cream, deep fried banana, shaved gula Melaka, coconut) for his 5th, which was initially my first choice, and I went for the Dessert Tacos (mango pomelo, strawberry, hazelnut chocolate) instead. The Banana Burrito was my most favourite. It was a bit more rich in flavour than the rest, and happens to be the most popular dessert here as well. On the other hand, the Dessert Tacos were dull. It was beautifully presented with smokey effect in a teapot, but I wasn’t quite sure what I was eating.
Our final course for the dessert degustation was Fermented Glutinous Rice Pudding paired with Ginger Tea Stones and Ginger Rice Wine. This was a pretty good digestive and a nice one to end the night. I can’t promise that I’ll be back here because of the food, but the service and fun dining experience were definitely two thumbs up.
What was good about Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar:
- Pleasant and warm ambience (elegant and chic deco)
- Impeccable service (staff were very friendly and accomodating)
- Dessert degustation at the dessert bar was a fun experience (interesting concept but average tasting)
- Drinks/cocktails were good
- Prices were quite reasonable
What was bad about Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar.:
- No parking space within the building
- Dining tables for 2 were too close to each other (I can hear my next door guests’ entire conversation)
MISSGETABOUT SCORE: 7.5/10
Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar Details:
Website: Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar
Address: The Penthouse, WOLO Hotel, Corner of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 4065 0168
Facebook: Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar