Local Malay

Seashells, Gemalai Village

We visited this venue twice during our stay. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Our dinner was on a private wooden platform raised over the rice fields. So authentic and peaceful.

The kids loved the chicken satay, while Josh and I ordered a shared set menu including lamb shanks served in a large straw basket with prawn crackers, onion soup, fried chicken, rice and many other tasty bits and pieces.

The lamb shanks were tender and the gravy had enough hit to make it a delightful curry.

Our lunch was also a Malay meal which highlighted it’s Indian and Chinese influences – beef curry, tandoori chicken, salad, soup, rice and vegetables in oyster sauce. So much food, be ready to share this meal family style.

On a side note the Western breakfast served was actually quite dismal. So when eating at Seashells stick with the local food.

Restoran Siti Fatimah

Our guide drove us out to a small village in Ulu Meleka near Taman Sentosa where the locals cook home made food and share it in this simple eatery.

It’s a self-serve setup with choices including fish, chicken, beef, tofu, squid, soya and vegetables.

From what I gathered the cost is around 5 MYR per dish (but this varies) so a plate with 3 dishes is about 15MYR (US$4).

My kids ate all the potatoes in the beef curry, which also happened to be a favourite of mine. If you’re looking for real Malaysian food the way the locals eat it, this is as real as it gets.

Budget Friendly

Finding a budget friendly dining option in Langkawi is easy. Most restaurants offer relatively low prices for the average Western budget. But these two particular stood out to us.


Indian Palace

Located just off Cenang Beach along the main road, you can pick the right table for ocean views and let the kids play in the sand while waiting for food.

This restaurant served the best Indian we’ve had since our stay in Penang, Malaysia back in 2012. A spicy rogan josh, creamy butter chicken, tandoori chicken, expertly prepared garlic naan and a serve of rice left Josh and I more than full.

Meanwhile the kids indulged in cute heart-shaped chicken nuggets and a platter of cucumber and tomato cut into interesting shapes.

Restoran 1 Malaysia

This is a government-owned food court located in Eagle Square overlooking the sea. At low tide the water can get quite smelly as it recedes to reveal mud, but the bay views are still stupendous.

Much like Long Beach in Penang, you can choose dishes from multiple vendors and enjoy at your dining table. We tried a coconut based beef curry and a tomato based chicken curry. The kids had plain rice and fried chicken.