The culinary traditions of Langkawi, an island about 30 km off the coast of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea, combine Chinese, Indian and Thai cuisine And what is your favorite? Besides local cuisines and restaurants the archipelago offers common eating-places that specialize in cooking European dishes.
If you expect to visit exclusively local restaurants, get ready for the abundance of spices and herbs, which are generously added almost to all dishes. We created the list of Top 5 restaurants that you should definitely visit during your trip to Langkawi. Choose one that you like or visit all of them! Let’s take a look!
Privilege Restaurant & Bar
Privilege Restaurant & Bar is often touted as one of the most exclusive premium-class restaurants on Langkawi island, and we put it on the first place of our list. It specializes in traditional Malay cuisine, there are also Indian cuisine and fusion cuisine. Although their menu is not very extensive, all the dishes are really delicious.
This must-visit restaurant is located in Telaga Harbor Park. If you really want to get a table with the view to the harbor you should book it in advance. But be sure, this is the most romantic place of the restaurant.
On weekends, the restaurant is often very crowded, and the waiting time can be significant. So be patient and try to enjoy the atmosphere. Working hours: Monday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Sunday – closed. Come here from3 to 7 p.m. and get discounts on drinks!
La Luna is waiting for newlyweds!
If you’re longing for a romantic dinner on the beach, overlooking the magnificent sunset, consider the restaurant La Luna at the Casa Del Mar Hotel. You will not regret it! So let’s take a closer look at the magnificent restaurant number 2 in our list.
Casa Del Mar in Spanish means “house on the beach”. The hotel and its restaurant are located on the most popular beach Pantai Cenang. The cuisine is a combination of western and local dishes, plus seafood.
One of the features of La Luna is a selection of classic and original cocktails made with fresh juices, local fruits, herbs and spices. There is one dining area inside and one more outside, near the beach in the shade of swaying palms. Depending on your mood, you can choose where you’d like to enjoy your delicious dinner.
If you are tired of delicate Malay cuisine, visit Coco’s Bistro. This restaurant is #3 in our top list.
It is a small bar and restaurant in the open air (but under roof), which is controlled by Lady Coco and her Irish friend Steve. While Coco is engaged in accommodating guests and organizing staff, chef Steve works in the kitchen.
What can we expect from the Irish chef? Of course, the Irish stew (lamb stewed with onions and potatoes, dressed with flour). Coco’s Bistro specializes in Western cuisine. The menu is small, but all the dishes are very tasty, portions are really generous, and the prices are quite affordable. Even on weekdays the restaurant and bar are almost full, so at the end of the week we recommend to book a table.
If you are planning an evening meal, come around 6:30to watch the sunset over the island of Rebak. Opening hours: from5.30 p.m to 11.30 p.m., Wednesdays – closed. The restaurant is situated on the back of a small hotel called Tidoq Inn.
The Cliff Restaurant & Bar
This restaurant took the fourth place in our list. Let’s find out why!
Any restaurant is evaluated by three main criteria: location, quality of food and service. Based on these criteria, The Cliff Restaurant & Bar can easily be in the top five restaurants in Langkawi.
This restaurant can be reached on the southern end of Pantai Cenang Beach on a rocky promontory with a panoramic view over the sea and offshore islands. This is the same rock that separates the neighboring beaches of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah.
Want to know what is the most important? This amazing restaurant is built right in the heart of the rock!
If you want to see the sunset (around 7 p.m.), sit at the D’Reef bar. It is designed for 40 people, has a roof but it is opened from all sides. The restaurant specializes in Malaysian and Asian cuisine. It is open daily from 12:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The main reason why we put The Brasserie to the fifth place is its expensiveness. But the food in this restaurant is unforgettably delicious.
The main feature of The Brasserie is its perfect location, just right on the beach of Pantai Cenang. There is an opportunity to dine indoor and outdoor, but returning guests are mostly occupying space in the open air, particularly, on the outdoor terrace. One of the memorable features is a magical sunset views over the Andaman Sea.
The Brasserie is owned by Lorenzo, who owns another top class restaurant L’Osteria in Pantai Tengah (Italian cuisine). You can easily talk to Lorenzo and ask him any question about food, restaurants or Langkawi in common.
The restaurant is opened daily from 12 to 11.30 p.m. The kitchen works until 10.30. Brasserie is located on the beach of Pantai Cenang behind Tomato Nasi Kandar restaurant.
Most of the local restaurants offer dishes at very attractive prices, which also is a nice feature for the followers of gastronomic tourism.
Where is it? Underwater World Langkawi, Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia – view on map
Phone: +60 4-955 1927
The most comfortable way to move around Langkawi is by car. It will save your time and will help you to visit more places of interest at the same time. Interested in how you can get a car? Use the mighty internet! Car rental service offers a great choice of modern cars at pleasant prices, just choose the one you like.
Depending on your mood you can choose the restaurant where you would like to spend your evening, enjoy unforgettable atmosphere of this magical archipelago, and we are sure that this list will turn your vacation into a fairy tale!
Have you recently visited Langkawi? We’d love to hear about your experiences. Where did you stay? Where did you eat? What did you do? Would you go there again? Add your comments below or send us a tweet @asiantraveltips.