And how did it work out? Not as planned.
The two restaurants I was looking forward to patronising, on the Pantai Tengah road, closed a few months ago: the Lebanese (Mona) and the Mexican restaurants. Although they appeared still to be open when I checked on the Internet. Mona will open in another location in a few months, I heard. But very disappointing.
So, the meals we had:
Day 1 dinner: Mexican Restaurant on Pantai Cenang.
Day 2 breakfast: Leftover dinner from the night before. Coffee
Day 2 lunch: Fish and chips at Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips
Day 2 dinner: Fruit and chicken from the night market and chicken and crisps we’d brought with us
Day 3 breakfast: Fruit and chicken from the night market and some coffee
Day 3 lunch: Not so hungry. So, chocolate.
Day 3 dinner: Chicken Kebab from the Istanbul restaurant
Day 4 breakfast: Leftover food we still had and fruit from a local shop
Day 4 lunch: KFC – (it was very hot and it seemed the coolest place in Kuala Perlis while waiting for the bus)
The Mexican restaurant was nice, but expensive. One dish shared between two would have been sufficient.
Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips was good as ever – I have previously written about it.
There is a night market every night in some part of Langkawi. They are marked on the tourist map. These are useful for getting food to eat there, or take away. And it’s cheap there. Go there earlyish and leave before dark as you don’t really want to be driving in the dark due to roaming black buffaloes.
Istanbul Restaurant was overpriced and the food average.
My latest formula for successful and economical eating in Langkawi.
- Rent transport – preferably a car. You’ll need it to get to markets and around in general.
- Stay somewhere that has a fridge to keep food and your beer cold. And a kettle so you can make coffee. Take coffee.
- Visit a duty-free store and stock up on beer / wine / spirits – whatever it is you drink – soon after you arrive. You really only find these stores in Kuah Town, Cenang and Oriental Village.
- When you go out take some drinks with you in the car as you normally won’t find alcoholic beverages outside of these places
- Check blogs for other people’s ideas on restaurants.
- Go to markets to eat and / or to take away the fruit and food you want.
- Keep an eye out for restaurants that might be of interest to you.
- Take advantage of Happy Hour
- Order a smaller number of dish(es) and share – or take away leftovers, as…
- Breakfast offerings are poor unless you stay in an expensive hotel which provides breakfast, so you want to have bought something in preparation
- Eat at least one meal at Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips – after a swim at Tanjung Rhu beach is ideal, as you can shower at Scarborough before your lunch