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Langkawi’s proximity to Thailand means the cuisine on the island is a curious mix of Malay and Thai flavors – and this creates is an exceptional array of tastes. The obvious specialty is fresh seafood, and you have ample opportunity to taste the local treasures along the beachside restaurants. La Luna at the Casa Del Mar Hotel on Pantai Cenang is a great private dining location on your very own piece of beachfront. They offer a seven course-tasting menu, which you can eat at a private table right on the crystal clear sand. The food is a fusion between European and modern Asian cuisine. There is an extensive cocktail list and a huge variety of wine.
Papadam Ria offers some of the best Indian cuisine on the island. While it may seem unusual to eat tandoori chicken in Malaysia, remember that many Malaysians ethnically descended from Indians. Thus, you can guarantee the food at Papadam is authentic, fresh, and of course spicy! Located on Pantai Cenang, this restaurant offers an elegant ambience and fresh food, with a view of the sea to boot.
The Lighthouse offers some of the most spectacular views of the island. Located on Pantai Tengah, this is a two-storey building that features open terrace or private dining and two bars. They serve Western, Mediterranean and Malaysian food with some of the freshest and tastiest ingredients on the island. You also have the chance to take classes with the restaurant’s chef, Chukri, who teaches informal classes in his own home near The Lighthouse.
The Sheraton Langkawi has a number of great dining options, including the Captain’s Grill, Spice Trader, and Feast, which are some of the island’s best restaurants. Try Spice Trader for an interesting fusion of many Asian flavors. The décor is romantic and exotic, with low-level seating and dim lighting. Come here for dinner and enjoy a great view of the sunset over the beach while relaxing on the plush cushions.