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Pantai Cenang Restaurants & Dining

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.

Featuring a wide variety of gastronomy options that include Japanese, Thai, Korean, Western and local favourites, quality is variable but meals tend to remain fairly pricey especially the seafood selections. Peruse the menus of these mostly open-air restaurants – which are usually placed at the entrance of each restaurant.
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
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

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

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

Jimmy’s Café aka. Padi Cuisine & Café
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
Contact: 604 955 2386 or +6012 493 3713
Price Range: Affordable

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

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

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
Contact: 6016 413 6209
Price Range: Pan-Asian and Pacific Rim
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

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
Contact: 604 955 5853 or +604 955 9088
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