I went to Chinta Ria on a recommendation of a friend of a friend. This friend of a friend also happened to be an American study abroad student, so I was a little apprehensive. Finding the place was a little difficult and I know I have walked passed it hundreds of times and not noticed it.
Upon entering you are greeted by a giant smiling Buddha. The inside looks like a funky warehouse conversion, lots of bare concrete, high ceilings and an exposed kitchen. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, so it was not busy and we were seated straight away. We started our meal with Golden Browns, which are similar to deep fried won tons but the filling has a different consistency. They were piping hot and when dipped into the sweet chili sauce made the perfect starter. Our mains were the Red Temple Chicken with a side of Rotti and Vegie Hokkien noodles. The red temple chicken was not what i had expected it, came out swimming in red sauce which also covered the whole roulade. I was expect to be able to taste a lot more garlic but the overall balance of flavors made it very moreish. The Vegie Hokkien portion size was generous and meant that we had plenty for dinner later that night. All in all i enjoyed my meal it was fun, fresh and reasonably priced.
Golden Browns – Won ton skins filled with chicken, mushroom, onion and water chestnut filled, Deep fried $7
Vegetarian Hokkien Noodles – Wok fried vegetables $17.50
Red Temple Chicken – Chicken roulade smothered with a lightly spiced red sauce of chilli, lemon grass, coconut, garlic and tomatoes. – $25.50
Roti – $4.90
The front entrance to Chinta Ria – Temple of Love.
201 Sussex St