Mr Chew’s ChinoLatino Bar
Chew on this!
Mr Chew’s ChinoLatino Bar is the latest from the award-winning Troika Sky Dining as of 2017, and serves to produce the latest in pan-asian modern dining as can be derived from the name ChinoLatino. Combining the familiarity of traditional asian dining with the vibrant flourishes of South American flavors, the concept of the restaurant becomes anything but monotonous. Located in the penthouse of WOLO boutique hotel, Bukit Bintang, we sought to preserve the original structures of the penthouse, producing a witty combination of gourmet hall and exclusive suites, whereby the space circulation references that of a home in which one can progress from the main course to desserts by adjourning to separate spaces.
From the lift entrance, guests enter a long dark hall, lit with contemporary chandeliers from the ceiling and encompassed with bright colored stained glass doors on each side. The long red carpet with the eccentric red drum in the middle seem to announce the newcomer’s arrival resembling the long corridors of an oriental palace. At the end of the corridor, a vast dining hall greets the diners with full height glass windows highlighting the KL city view, also allowing a high influx of natural lighting.
Behind a long, subtly metallic black-finished cocktail bar, a witty full height portrait combining the portraiture of an imperial chinese empress and Frida Kahlo vibes, is painted over the wall framed on each side with gold frames and exposed bricks. The mixture of old city heritage laced with the rich textures of the dining upholstery reflect the visual vibrancy of both Asian and South American culture. The combination of bright blues, greens, wicker and geometric parquet provide the viewers with the concept of being in an eclectic oasis of funky flavors. The seating area by the bar consists of seats segregated by high backed sofas to provide intimate spaces shielded from high traffic, whereas further from the bar, seats catered for larger numbers are open, allowing a clear view of the beautiful waves of the preserved marble table tops.
In another area, the six course dessert bar lies framed overhead with bright tiffany green moulded timber panels. The bar stools are upholstered with water-colored Christian Lacroix fabric, its inviting colors emphasizing on the sweet flavors of the dishes. An extensive white marble counter top highlights the dishes being prepared on it, providing a showcase of sweet desserts. Beside the bar, a patterned metal screen subtly hides an open staircase leading upstairs.
Apart from the main dining hall, semi-private compartmentalized dining spaces sit behind closed stained glass doors as seen from the main corridor. These come with sofa lounges, with plush cushions lining each side of the walls.
The restrooms each come with individual porcelain chinese bowl basins, each painted with intricate patterns. The counter, tap and mirror frames are covered in brass, with the mirror frame also functioning as a towel holder.
A dark red spiral staircase leads to a semi-private cocktail bar, clad in cylindrical pipe finishes in varied diameters. The upstairs dining spaces resemble vintage speakeasies for after hour drinks. The furniture design becomes more executive while still preserving an eclectic style, while two seater tables with high-backed seats function as semi- partitions against passing traffic.