Updated on June 1, 2015
There are many good Langkawi restaurants!
Excellent food and prices await!
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Since we stayed at The Andaman Resort which is secluded all the way in the northwest part of the island, going out to eat easily turns in to a 2+ hour event with most of that time spent driving/looking for the restaurant (some are hidden). The prices you will pay at the restaurants outside of the resort is probably about half and the portions are very good. These restaurants are also less likely to have crying babies, unlike The Andaman's restaurants (though they may have loud groups or smoking).
The concierge recommended two places that were close by: Mangoes and Shin Mi Seafood Village. Another restaurant that was highly recommended and was looking forward to but never made it, was fatCupid (its much farther from the resort).
Mangoes is a restaurant that was highly recommended by the staff and concierge – they serve Eastern European/German cuisine. The restaurant has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. It's also very popular with the expat community. We attempted to go one night only to discover they were closed for a private party. That night we went to Shin Me Seafood Village which was close by and had a nice dinner (see below). It's a good thing we spent the time finding the restaurant during daylight hours otherwise we would not have found it after nightfall.
I love Eastern European cuisine – if you do too, I would also highly recommend Mangoes. Be warned, it's a small restaurant and smoking is allowed. I would return for the food, 100%. But because of the smoking, I probably won't return.
This is Mangoes Restaurant. It is hidden. When you turn left onto the correct street, it's the right side at the end of the street (opposite the commercial building which might make you think you're in the wrong place). It looks like someone's house (the wooden sign is above the garage). Once we found it, I wasn't sure where to walk (turn right at the wooden sign and go around back).
The menus are written on the chalkboards which the waiter moves around near each table.
The pumpkin soup was delicious!
The main course (first picture of this post), chicken cutlet with mash and onions was very good as well. I loved the buttery flavor of the sautéed onions together with the mashed potatoes.
The owner was obviously very passionate about all the foods but especially the desserts. Everything is made fresh in house. We choose an ice cream Pavlova, a meringue based dessert. I had never heard of this but it was fantastic (and I would probably never order anything meringue)!
SHIN ME SEAFOOD VILLAGE
You may have noticed this restaurant on the left side of the road as you drive towards the Andaman. When we arrived, my first thought was “it looks like a disgusting Chinese restaurant”. Shin Me was recommended by the front desk and concierge for seafood. I thought they were joking. The reviews on TripAdvisor were good and it ranked #66 out of 298 — and it was very easy to find.
Who wouldn't want to eat here? Those blue plastic bottles scream gourmet don't they?
The side that faces the parking lot looks more like a restaurant I might like vs bad Chinese restaurant.
Don't expect anything but the fanciest plastic chairs here.
After we ordered, I realized they had a live seafood section where you can choose your fish from the tank. I would have returned a second time to try one groupers from live section. Shin Mi offered several “live seafood” options including grouper, prawns, lobster, and clams.
This appetizer was a bit greasy but delicious (I think they were filled with sweet potato).
The whole snapper was fantastic! We thought we might not finish it but…
I was still hungry so I ordered these veggies. I expected something with lots of sauce but was surprised when this came out… not sure what vegetable it is but it was lightly cooked without any heavy sauces. I would order the same dishes again!
What the restaurant lacked in decor, they made up with fresh tasty seafood and reasonable prices. Give this place a shot if you are in the area!
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