Since the island of Langkawi is now a prime tourist destination in Malaysia, a number of restaurants, bars, grills, and food stalls can now be seen all over the island. World-class restaurants stand side-by-side with cheap local food stalls, which makes eating and drinking in Langkawi quite an experience. The cost of food, of course, is always a consideration since foreign tourists normally bring in a limited amount of money to make sure they don’t use up all their life savings. Dining at posh restaurants could cost a traveler about RM 150 per meal, while a meal in budget eateries is only about RM5 to RM20. Regular restaurants serve meals that cost about RM30 to RM60.
Although Langkawi archipelago has 99 islands, only two are inhabited and the bigger one is Langkawi Island. In Langkawi, most of the restaurants, hotels, infrastructure and commercial facilities are all situated in the town of Kuah, the island’s capital. The best places to eat are not difficult to find. There are too many good restaurants to decide which ones are the best. Different people have different taste preferences, of course. Below are perhaps the five top places to eat in Langkawi, however, in no particular order.
One, Hole in the Wall Restaurant in Mukim Ayer Hangat, a floating restaurant that is popular for its seafood and Malaysian dishes. The house specialties are dishes that make use of freshly caught fishes, crabs, prawns and lobsters. Guests not only enjoy the delicious foods but also the scenic surrounding.
Two, Telaga Arabic Restaurant and Cafe in Cenang Beach, the liveliest beach in Langkawi. Telaga is the first Arabic restaurant in the island and is known to serve the freshest and most delicious seafood, western and Malay foods in a very relaxed ambiance. It is also known for its sunset dinners, parties and weddings. It serves breakfast as it is open from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM. Another Telaga Arabic Restaurant is located at Harbour Park.
Three, Bon Ton Resort and Restaurant also in Cedang Beach serving traditional Malay dishes. Foreign tourists, of course, would love to taste local foods, and Bon Ton has them. The restaurant is part of the Bon Ton Villas that is made up of eight exclusive and individually designed villas, a swimming pool, mini-bar, and lagoon
Four, Beach Garden Resort, a bistro and beer garden also located in Cenang Beach. Langkawi is the only Muslim destination that allows the selling and buying of liquor. This is a German-owned restaurant that is known for its steaks, pizzas, seafood, draft beer and French and Italian wines. Located right on the beach, guests will also enjoy a swimming pool, free Internet access, and a library, believe it or not.
And five, Red Tomato Garden Café, another bistro in Cenang where guests enjoy a time with friends and plenty of beer. It is popular for its home-made bread and fat-free pasta.
These are just five samplers. There are plenty more exciting restaurants, which include Rasa Restaurant, Sunday Bistro and Restaurant, and Restoran Wan Thai. Keep in mind, also, that when eating and drinking in Langkawi, tipping is not necessary but greatly appreciated. Loose change will do.