Lunch at Chinta Ria Mood for Love


Ever since I moved to Australia I have enjoyed eating Malaysian food with my partner. Our favourite comfort food Malaysian restaurant is Mamak, read my early review here

Not long ago we visited Chinta Ria at Sydney’s Westfield Mall in Pitt Street. My partner frequented the restaurant as a single with friends and colleagues, so he suggested that it will be a perfect place to grab a quick lunch.

Movie Inspired Decor and Menu

Chinta Ria’s decor is in the hues of red and orange which can be deemed as more of a romantic setting. The restaurant goes by its full name as Chinta Ria….Mood for Love which is inspired by a popular Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love.

Once inside the restaurant you will definitely forget that you are in a shopping mall because it’s far removed from the mall buzz and you will quickly settle to enjoy the food. Since the name itself is inspired by a movie, their menu isn’t far behind. Their menu is designed as if you are reading a film’s screenplay! Having read a couple of movie screenplays written by my friends, it was easy for me to spot the distinction with the fonts and design in their menu :-)

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The Food 

We chose Scene 1 in the Menu…i.e. starters. We went straight for two portions of Cissy Scallops ($ 4.5 each scallop) because the description looked just delectable and we weren’t disappointed!

Cissy Scallops

Cissy Scallops – steam half shell scallop with chilli sauce


We were at Chinta Ria for an early light lunch so we quickly ordered Scene 2 in the Menu…i.e Mains. We chose Mama’s Mood ($19) which is slow cooked chicken and shitake mushrooms with ginger and Chinese rice wine. We ordered rice with the curry.

Mama's Mood

Mama’s Mood


Their portions are good for sharing between two people especially if you order something which is curry based. Mama’s Mood curry had tender pieces of chicken which complimented the shiitake mushrooms, the flavour of Chinese rice wine was subtle and soft on the palate. This photo of Mama’s Mood is slightly different from what we ate, ours had more curry and it was served in a deep curry bowl. I guess this is a hurried picture from Chinta Ria, but this curry is highly recommended to all :-)

The restaurant has many other favourites like Flakey Prawns and Sassy’s Duck

Sassy’s Duck is braised with a fermented red rice marinade then wok-tossed with water spinach in traditional chinese wine and spices.

Sassys Duck

Sassy’s Duck

Flakey Prawns are wok tossed with cereals and spices

Flakey Prawns

Flakey Prawns


A meal for two will cost an upward of $60 (including alcohol).

Overall Rating

Food score: 9 / 10

Ambience: 9/10

Service: 8/10

Due to dim lighting I didn’t take pictures and asked Chinta Ria team to send me the photos. I have also heard that they are opening another outlet at Paramatta, so I am really happy!


188 PITT ST NSW 2000

Monday to Saturday:
11:30am – 10:00pm
Lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm
Dinner from 5:30pm until 10:00pm
(Last dinner order 9:30pm)

11:30am – 8:30pm
Lunch from 11:30am until 2:30pm
Dinner from 5:00pm until 8:30pm
(Last dinner order 8:15pm)


T. +61(0)2 8072 8888
F. +61(0)2 8072 8073

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