**Warning: Non-halal post**
So I have succumbed to peer pressure and finally tried S.Wine at Publika. It is one of the more hyped restaurants in the mall because one, it is owned by BIG group – the same that also owns the highly popular Plan B, and two, the menu is full of pork dishes.
The interior is so quirky and funky blah blah blah, honestly I don’t really care. Anyway here’s a cliche photo mosaic of the restaurant because that seems to be the trend in food blogging.
Pea & Ham soup @ RM14 was the best tasting dish we had that night and it came totally as a pleasant surprise to all of us. However, the presentation was quite awful, not sure if the chef had a shaky hands or what, the creme fraiche was laced to look like there were tadpoles in the soup – simply unappetizing.
Time really flies. It had been seven years since I visited Langkawi but the evergreen island still proves to be a highly enjoyable destination, great for a short and relaxing vacation. Carefree driving along the beaches, forests, villages and paddy fields sure is a welcomed change from the stressful and hair-pulling traffic in the city. And fortunately, most Langkawi sceneries are still relatively unspoilt without any high rise developments. Well except for Kuah town and Pantai Cenang where big malls and hotels are slowly but surely enroaching from every corner.
I don’t recall Pantai Cenang being such a busy place too. It used to be pretty chill and only dotted by motels and a few resorts. Now, it is so commercialized and filled to the brim with boutique hotels, bars, restaurants, spas, massage centers, cafe, souvenir shops as well as the spanking new Cenang Mall. You won’t have to go to Kuah town for fast food anymore, you can find Starbucks, Old Town Kopitiam, KFC, McDonalds and many others here.
With so many restaurants to choose from at a tourist spot, deciding where to eat could be a challenge if you did not do enough homework prior to coming. So here I am telling you as it is – which are the good ones and which are the traps to avoid. This is of course all based on my experience and opinion.
My number 1 recommendation? Sun Cafe which is located minutes away from Pantai Cenang. They serve mainly Western dishes and is only open for lunch and dinner. Their price is slightly above average (understandable since they are somewhat classier than the regular establishments) but we have no complaints because our dinner here was the best meal we had in Langkawi.
Open concept with a casual and warm atmosphere. Service is excellent as well, it feels genuinely friendly and they really care about your dining experience.
The consensus out there on The Red Beanbag café has been mixed. Some argue that the food is not worth the hype while others agree that their fast and friendly service is great. Well, to be honest I think RBB is pretty good in both aspects since we actually had a pleasant breakfast (solely based on what we had) there in the last weekend. Of course there is still room for improvement, but those issues are really just miniscule.
Knowing that RBB is situated within Publika you should expect it to have a distinctive character. Like any other quaint coffee house that are mushrooming in KL, RBB has that cozy and hippie vibe which makes you feel like you are abroad somewhere. And I am pretty sure Instagram users would have a field day here with all those bean bags and various decorations around.
RBB’s Awesome Fryup @ RM22 – a platter of toasts, eggs of your choice, beef or chicken sausage and turkey ham or beef bacon completed with sides of sauteed mushrooms, hash brown and baked beans. Everything was fine for me except for the scrambled eggs that were slighly overcooked.
Chillout could be the most chic restaurant in Cyberjaya at the moment, and just like the name says the atmosphere here is really chill and inviting making it a great place to hangout. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the food and service. Food wise, most of them are average at best except for their burgers, which received thumbs up from everyone who had it.
The lower dining area with a nice, comfy couch.
The upper dining area is somewhat for beer drinking as there is a bar here. Private functions and larger gatherings could also be held here since the tables at the lower are could only accomodate four to five people max. If you’re working in Cyberjaya as well and need a nice place for events, you could give Chillout a try by calling them first and ask for any special discounts. I don’t guarantee it but we were told that by the manager in person that he would provide discounts for groups larger than 10 (we had 16).