A Place to Lift Your Spirits: Mr Chew's Chino Latino Bar and Restaurant
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A Place to Lift Your Spirits: Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar and Restaurant

MR CHEW’S CHINO LATINO BAR, Best Restaurant Bar

The vibrant portrait – a cheeky take on the Empress Dowager Cixi with a tortilla chip and a bottle of tequila by her side – decorates the chic, main dining area of Mr Chew’s Chino Latino Bar. The painting isn’t just deco; it mirrors the scintillating whimsy of this new bar – the brainchild of Chef Christian Bauer and Eddie Chew, Director of Troika Sky Dining in Kuala Lumpur.

Image: Chew Win Win

Occupying the penthouse of WOLO Hotel in Bukit Bintang, the establishment plates tantalising Asian-inspired creations (some inspired by Mr Chew’s family recipes!) like pan seared barramundi with spicy tamarind, chilli sauce, coconut cream and pineapple avocado ginger flower salsa; and palate-pleasing nori taco with sushi rice, salmon belly and salmon roe drizzled with tobikko (flying fish roe) mayo.

The Nori Taco is a must-try item on the menu at Mr Chew’s. Images: Chew Win Win

Cocktails at Mr Chew’s are crafted with equal finesse with a list of titillating tipples like Ancient Fashion (Japanese whisky, Creole bitters, 5 spices syrup and torched kumquat) and the light, breezy Mr Chew’s ‘Take-Away’ G&T (Opihr gin, pink peppercorns and guava, Three Cents Aegean Tonic).

The Take-Away G&T is another favourite here. Images: Chew Win Win

The Bar Awards KL 2018 will take place on 25 November 2018. To find out how you can nominate your favourite bar, or to attend the events leading up to the awards finale, find The Bar Awards on www.facebook.com/thebarawards

Look out for the 6th installation in our eight-part series of A Place To Lift Your Spirits on Friday when we bring you the Winner of Most Creative Cocktail Bar.

Kerry-Ann is a journalist who has dabbled in all forms of writing across the board, from print and digital media to broadcasting. When she is not working (which is almost never) she can be found at home making prank calls or playing the air guitar. Because she can’t play a real one.

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