Chō Chǎ Foodstore

Top choice Asian

in Chinatown, Merdeka Square & Bukit Nanas

Behind the raw concrete and timber facade of the old Mah Lian Hotel is this restaurant and teashop with a plant-filled courtyard and the original hotel tiles. Chō Chǎ's 'tea sommelier' serves an extensive selection of speciality brews between 11am and 7pm, but it's the delicious modern Asian cooking using fresh farm-to-table ingredients that's the standout. Good wine list, too.

If you come for dinner, head to the lush 1st-floor cocktail bar Botak Liquor for an pre- or post-meal drink.