A seafood lover's dream at The St. Regis Langkawi
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Most islands are known for its relaxed vibe, stunning beaches, and delicious seafood. When it comes to food, few places do it with as much flair as Kayu Puti. Part of the The St. Regis Langkawi — one of the island's newest and most luxurious resorts — this restaurant is testament to luxurious design and sophisticated dishes, making it a must-try in Langkawi.
Inspired by the Andaman Sea over which it's perched, renowned architect Bill Bensley has swathed the space in white and blue to create a bright, airy haven. Expect a show of repurposed seashells and corals, which looks like the sea was brought indoors — creating a seamless connection to the magnificent ocean vistas framed through open French windows. Lending some gravitas to the design are stately wooden doors and windows from the Dutch embassy in Yangon, along with 60 teak columns imported from India and inlaid with camel bone. There are also cabaret-esque chairs adorned with feathers, for a cheeky touch of whimsy.
On the outside deck, diners are invited to soak in the serenity with appetite-wakening aperitifs and postprandial digestifs while enjoying live guitar tunes. Unwind on one of their plush seats or oversized hammocks are suspended directly above the water. As the sun dips into the horizon, sink into one of those hammocks and watch the sunset while enjoying their signature Sunset Cocktail — a twist on the Tequila Sunrise.
When you're ready for dinner, the Discovery Platter is a great place to start. This range of small bites, including smoked salmon, crab spring rolls and oyster tempura, is an Instagram-worthy shot in itself. With executive chef Gaetan Biesuz helming the kitchen, the menu here is primarily focused on seafood, cooked with the best of Eastern and Western flavours. Stuck at what to order for a meal to remember? Try the Andaman tiger prawn ceviche, served with red tiger milk sweet potato and prawn chilli; the Langkawi spiny lobster and prawn herb-infused bisque; and the Andaman red snapper, seabass, and clams served in a Boullaibaisse-style soup.
Don't fret if seafood isn't your thing — at Kayu Puti, all the meat dishes are fresh and treated with similar aplomb. Their wagyu beef comes glazed in kicap manis, served with mushrooms, confit potatoes and wasabi foam, while the Australian lamb is perfectly roasted and dished up with a smooth white bean puree. Finally, end the meal on a sweet note with a banana dish coated in Langkawi black bee honey and accompanied by coconut Ivoire Valrhona chocolate mousse, honey gel and ice cream. Or for a truly local sweet treat, ask for the Kaya and Kopi, a rich combination of kaya toast, whipped cream, kopi panna cotta and kopi syrup.
What's more? The hearty fare at Kayu Puti comes with an equally well thought out drinks menu. Pick your poison from an array of decadent cocktails and spirits, and don't be intimidated by the equally long wine list. There's a sommelier on hand to help you out — so put on your best dancing shoes, throw your head back in the wind, and be happily sated all night long.
For more information, visit The St. Regis Langkawi