Pantai Cenang Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Pantai Cenang

Pantai Cenang may not rival Bangkok’s Khaosan Road but it has its charms. Good restaurants are a dime a dozen and you’ll surely be spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine.

Dining out along Pantai Cenang can be a sense-assaulting experience. One where you can choose between the simplicity of hawker stalls, the din of noisy kopitiams or the elegant ambience of international restaurants. At night the streets along Pantai Cenang brim with scores of people and the bars and restaurants, which are fairly deserted during the day, are filled with noisy cheer.


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Backofen Restaurant

When you’re in the Pantai Cenang area, Backofen is one of the restaurants that should be on your must-visit list. Boasting a great mix of East-meets-West fare; try the signature bratwurst as well as the grilled lamb at this German restaurant. During the Christmas season this place is packed almost everyday; the food is reasonably-priced and service is great.

Address: 1584, Mukim Kedawang Pantai Cenang
Tel: 604 955 1667
Cuisine: Fusion
Price Range: Affordable

 

Beach Garden Resort Beer Garden

Notice: This property is now closed for business

Serving excellent Western and Asian meals, the Beach Garden Resort isn’t glamorously decked out but it is quite possibly the best place to hit along Pantai Cenang. Fillet steaks, croquette potatoes, beef salad, strudel and coffee are all par for the course at this German-run establishment.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
Location: Beach Garden Resort, Pantai Cenang (10 minutes away from the airport)
Tel: 604 955 1363
Cuisine: Western & Asian
Price Range: Expensive

Breakfast Bar

The Breakfast Bar may not look like much from the outside – it’s a small tropical beach-like hut – but the food is varied and delicious. From roti canai and spicy nasi lemak to delicious fresh baguettes and savoury scrambled eggs; the owner, Mukhtar, is a teh tarik master and more importantly the fare here is affordable.

Opening Hours: Daily, 07:00 – 14:00
Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang
Tel: 604 955 6533
Cuisine: Asian & Western
Price Range: Affordable

Champor Champor Restaurants & Bar

Champor Champor serves up tasty home-cooked fare; diners here recommend the tofu satay and coconut-crusted calamari. Set in an open-air grove-like garden set with plenty of plants and Asian carvings, this mid-priced eatery offers a combination of local and Western dishes. Featuring a spa at the back of the restaurant, service at this eatery is pretty average.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 01:00
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang (beside Backofen)
Address: Pantai Cenang, 07100 Langkawi
Tel: 604 955 1449
Cuisine: local & Western
Price Range: Affordable

Jimmy’s Café aka. Padi Cuisine & Café

Notice: This property is now closed for business

If you were to ask locals to name some of Langkawi’s best restaurants Jimmy’s Café would top the list. Overlooking rice fields inside the Laman Padi, this restaurant has an eclectic menu that covers everything from fish & chips to lamb butter marsala, chicken tikka kebab and lobster thermidor. It’s a photogenic spot and either Jimmy or Sophie, his wife, will be there to ensure that your meal is a pleasant affair.

 

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Location: Muzium Laman Padi, Jalan Pantai Cenang
Address: Pantai Cenang, Kedah, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Cuisine: Asian & Western
Price Range: Affordable

La Sal

A dining room set within Casa del Mar Resort along Jalan Pantai Cenang, La Sal is a fine dining restaurant where you will find local food inspired by Mediterranean flavours and the local catch. We recommend the tangy, spicy barbecued tandoori chicken skewers – the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender and succulent: paired with the fluffy, buttery naan bread, this dish is certainly comforting and makes a visit here worthwhile. What’s more, the restaurant also deserves high proise for its attentive service – although they are not too knowledgeable about wine selections, wait staff members more than make up for it with their cheerful, efficient service.

Address: Casa del Mar, Mukim Kedawang, Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000
Tel: +604 955 2388

Little India Cuisine

At the end of Pantai Cenang is Little India Cuisine restaurant; featuring plastic tables and chairs and a warm and sticky atmosphere this converted garage is a good place for northern Indian and vegetarian cuisine. Prices are not really cheap, so foreigners should note that Indian fare isn’t necessarily supposed to cost you more than RM10 for a complete meal.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 23:00
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang
Tel: 604 955 7308
Cuisine: North Indian
Price Range: Budget

Nam Restaurant

Nam – one of the most popular and well-regarded restaurants in Langkawi – boasts a well-executed menu, with Thai and local influences especially evident. Try the crispy Indian-style samosas, barbecued rock lobster tails, char-grilled rack of lamb and steamed apple, macadamia and butterscotch pudding. Although a bit on the pricey side, the sumptuous fare and luxurious atmosphere make it truly worth your dollar. 

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Location: Bon Ton Restaurant & Resort, Pantai Cenang
Cuisine: Fusion
Price Range: Expensive

Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant

There is a stretch of Pantai Cenang that is especially jam-packed with restaurants and souvenir stores and this is where you’ll find the brightly-lit Orkid Ria. This popular seafood eatery is one of the most expensive along Pantai Cenang and its main draw is its extensive menu. Try the black pepper tiger prawns, deep-fried squid and garlic kalian – the fare is slightly pricey yet the restaurant is almost always crowded; come early or expect to wait for a table.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 23:00
Address: Lot 1225, Pantai Cenang, Mukim Kedawang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, West Malaysia.
Tel: (604) 955 4128
Cuisine: Seafood
Price Range: Pricey

Papadam Ria Indian Restaurant

A favourite among Langkawi locals, Pappadam Ria’s kitchen sure knows how to prepare Indian food in a way that both satisfies and caters to a wide range of food preferences. Taking pride in delivering the authentic experience, they focus on North and South Indian region dishes, so whether you are craving a creamy curry, spicy, vegetable-filled samosa or outstanding vegetarian options, you are sure to be satisfied.

Though it only opened its doors in 2013, it has gone on to cement its reputation as one of the island’s best Indian restaurants: we recommend the dry kadai chicken (an expert combination of juicy chicken chunks with piquant capsicums and spices), and Mysore rogan josh (a brilliant red curry dish of braised mutton slices, flavoured with onions, creamy yoghurt, tangy garlic, ginger and spices). All in all, a meal here is sure to be a satisfying one.

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:30
Address: No. 1, Lot 1556, Jalan Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi
Tel: +604 955 7775

Putumayo

This restaurant is one of the more upscale restaurants in Langkawi and the culinary options here are decidedly Asian. The friendly staff and prompt service as well as the beautiful open-air courtyard make your meal a pleasant one; if you decide to dine here then try the fish cooked Nyonya style.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 22:30
Address: Lot 1584, Jalan Pantai Cenang
Tel: 603 953 2233
Cuisine: Asian
Price Range: Affordable

Red Tomato Splash Beach Café

This particular tomato is quite difficult to locate – the entrance is shaded by trees and the flanking buildings seem to dwarf it. Run by expats, it serves some of the best western food on the island. The interior is jungle-green and fire-engine red; the pizzas are especially tasty and the prices are pretty reasonable. Try the toasted sandwiches and bruschetta; the pleasant staff will serve you anything from the breakfast menu all day long as long as the eatery isn’t too crowded.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 15:00; 18:00 – 23:00 Saturday – Thursday
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang
Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Tel: 603 955 9118
Cuisine: Western
Price Range: Affordable

Rose Tea

Located nearby Putumayo along the Pantai Cenang strip, this small restaurant offers delicious local and Thai cuisine. The menu is adequately extensive and you can dine al fresco under the stars and kick back with a tall cold glass of Tiger while waiting for your fresh seafood.

Opening Hours: (closed on Friday)
Location: 1054, Jalan Pantai Cenang
Cuisine: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim
Price Range: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim

Spice Market at Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort

This restaurant serves up Asian and international cuisine under rugged wooden timber beams. The air-conditioned restaurant is located in the main building of the resort and overlooks the pool; try the nightly buffet which comes with a plethora of choices.

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Location: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort
Tel: 604 952 8888
Cuisine: Western & Asian
Price Range: Expensive

T. Jay's Italian Bistro & Pizzeria

T. Jay’s is an Italian restaurant located opposite Underwater World – run by an English couple, and serves great freshly-made pizzas. The dough is an old Italian recipe and the result is an authentic 12-inch thin and crispy crust that simply tastes fantastic. Try the quattro stagioni pizza, mascarpone pizza and penne tres fromaggio; they’re simply sensational.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 11:00
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang (opposite Underwater World)
Tel: 604 955 3995 or +6012 451 2867
Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: Affordable

The Brasserie

An airy al fresco dining room featuring an on-the-beach location with raw design focusing on ageing timber, white tents, umbrellas and chairs, The Brasserie certainly makes for a romantic dinner spot, impressing immensely with its casual elegance. We love the fact that the kitchen always seems to be pushing unique ideas, making them very easily chart toppers in Langkawi’s culinary game.

The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at this 130-pax restaurant is simple marvellous: we highly recommend its Angus steak, a hearty portion of melt-on-the-tongue meat, heavily marbled with unrivalled sweetness and tenderness. To keep you company while you have your meal are trip hop, jazz fusion and instrumental rock tunes.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00
Address: 27 A Jalan Pantai Cenang
Tel: +604 9551927

The Cliff

For fine dining with unbeatable views, The Cliff is certainly a winner. In total it can seat up to 220 people, with three sections – an indoor dining room, bar and al fresco garden. A polished outfit with decor that is classical and very elegant (think buffed wood floors, white plastic bucket chairs and white cloth-covered tables), its ambiance is casual and comfortable.

The kitchen, helmed by award-winning local chef Khairul, puts out beautifully-executed, authentic Malay dishes that are rich in flavour and impress us with their simplicity. Standouts on this side of the menu include The Cliff’s traditional beef rendang – tender, succulent braised beef chunks, marinated with galangal, ginger, lemongrass, turmeric, chilli paste and kerisik leaves. There are also western meals available, with steaks and seafood featuring prominently.

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
Address: Lot 63 & 40, Jalan Pantai Chenang, 07000 Pulau Langkawi
Tel: +604 953 3228

Tomato Nasi Kandar

This restaurant is known as one of the cheapest places in Langkawi for excellent fare at cheap prices; locals swear by this eatery, filled with plastic tables and chairs, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The 24-hour joint serves up tasty food no matter the hour; food is always fresh and although the outside seating area is as hot as blue blazes, the food makes the agony worthwhile.

Opening Hours: 24-hours (closed Fridays: 13:15 – 14:30; Tuesdays)
Location: Bangunan Majlis Perbandaran Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Cenang (opposite Langkawi Boutique Hotel)
Cuisine: Mamak
Price Range: Budget

Yang Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

A few kilometres down the road from Laman Padi is the Yang Dynasty Seafood Restaurant. Ablaze with twinkling garden lights and featuring a manmade waterfall, this eatery serves up excellent Chinese seafood. Although the eatery’s atmosphere isn’t exactly special, service is prompt and friendly. Try the dry chilli chicken, sizzling beancurd or the abalone and sea cucumbers if you’re feeling adventurous.

Opening Hours: lunch & dinner (time varies depending upon the crowd)
Location: Jalan Pantai Cenang
Tel: 6012 477 7283
Cuisine: Chinese seafood
Price Range: Budget

Yellow Café

Proudly marching to its own beat, the quirky and vibrant Yellow Café is a beach bar that certainly stands out for its hip and unpretentious décor, with chairs, walls and even hammocks in varying shades of yellow. Servers are a chatty bunch and there is a very hippie-like atmosphere with guests lounging around in board shorts and bikinis, and the fun vibe and colourful interior design is not the only reason to visit – the food here is, simply put, fantastic.

The menu, which focuses in western classic like steaks, pizzas and pastas, mixes bold and rich flavours to create dishes that are hearty and comforting. We highly recommend the steaks – these wonderful T-bones and sirloins have great complexity of flavour that will live long in your memory.

Opening Hours: 13:00 – 01:00 (Tuesday – Sunday)
Address: Pantai Cenang PO Box 121, 07000 Langkawi
Tel: +6012 459 3190

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