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Cockle Bay’s star attraction for those who appreciate good food and a fun ambience without paying a fortune, Chinta Ria is on the roof of the three-story complex. A round building dominated by a giant golden Buddha in the center, it serves cheap and delicious “hawker-style” Malaysian food. The food is good, but the atmosphere is even more memorable. Service can be slow, but who cares in such an interesting space, with plenty of nooks, crannies, and society folk to look at. There are seats outside (some within range of the noise of the highway, but it’s still pleasant on a sunny day). The chicken laksa is very good, and I am always a fan of gado-gado (a vegetarian dish with spicy peanut sauce).