Langkawi, like the rest of Malaysia, has a diversity of influences replete in its cuisine. Contact with nearby China and India means the food in Langkawi has influences from both regions. This makes for a curious range of flavors, each of which you can taste on the island’s many restaurants.
The main drag of restaurants is on Pantai Cenang, where you will find everything from the simple hawker stalls where you won’t even have a place to sit while you eat, to elegant five-star hotel dining. One of the tastiest restaurants on the drag is Champor Champor, which offers home-cooked local food, and is set in a beautiful open-air garden. You can get Malaysian as well as Western food here, and for those world-weary travelers, there is even a spa at the back of the restaurant!
Seafood is a must for everyone visiting Langkawi. For one of the most extensive seafood menus (as well as one of the most expensive), head to Orkid Ria, also located along Pantai Cenang. This restaurant is very popular among locals and tourists alike, so be prepared to wait for a table if you go for dinner. Nom is another favourite – with gastronomic offerings from Thailand, India and Malaysia. Located in the Bon Ton Resort, this restaurant is on the pricey side, but certainly worth the extra money.
One of the more popular restaurants among locals is Restaurant Siti Fatimah. It is owned by a local Malay family and offershome-cooked northern Malaysian food at very reasonable prices. The specialties here include fried sambal fish and coconut chicken curry.
For a change of scenery from the East Asian foods on offer at the island, head to Arabica. This café style eatery offers Moroccan and Lebanese foods. It is located in Kuah town, inside Plaza Langkawi.