Spent the first week of October on Langkawi, staying at The Andaman resort on the north west corner of the island (Datai Bay).
The morning buffets were pretty much the standard selection, nothing exceptional but again nothing bad and the quality each morning was very consistent. The real highlight of the food at the resort was the Beach Bar's Salade Nicoise, I had this almost every day as it was too good. It wasn't 100% traditional and had replaced green beans with sugar snap peas, capers were also included but the tuna was seared very nicely the crisp lettuce (something we don't get often in Bangalore) was divine and the potatoes perfectly boiled, not too soft nor too hard. They tied this all together with boiled egg, tomatoes and beautiful grainy mustard vinaigrette.
We celebrated our anniversary with a romantic dinner for two on the beach and selected the seafood set menu. The setting couldn't have been more beautiful looking out over Datai Bay with a nice little bonfire on the beach. The seafood selections were very good, prawns, scallops, rock lobster a peach sorbet between courses and a not too sweet desert selection to round it off. This dinner was very expensive but given the location and view it was worth it, the personal waitress (Donna) was very attentive without being overbearing.
Not too much else to say about food at the resort except to say there was nothing wrong with anything we had.
We did eat at Gulai restaurant which sits next door to the Andaman and bills itself as Malay Indian.
We focused again on the seafood selections they had on offer, prawns and steamed grouper and two types of the roti they produced on-site. The roti tisu (paper thin) was excellent and perfect for soaking up left over sauce. Again a beautiful location, excellent service and very good food... not cheap but worth it given the overall package.
Two nights we snuck into the strip of town on the west coast south of the airport and ate at Orkid Ria. We chose this place as they were unloading the fresh catch of the day as we walked by looking for a place to eat. The seafood (specifically the giant prawns) was outstanding and we had to get a table. We chose the medium sized giant prawns the first night, 3 grilled and 3 in chili sauce, baby kai lan with garlic and rice. The prawns were so good, sweet, chewy and cooked to perfection in both methods. I'd never had prawns of this size and was very happy with the product... so happy we came back two nights later and order the large sized giant prawns, 3 grilled and 3 in black pepper sauce. Again they were phenomenal in quality, taste and cooking. This place did a lot of business on their fresh fish and rock lobsters, it seemed the only table without a lobster on it was ours. Value for money was definitely the case here, the prawns were 16 MR per 100 grams which compared to home in Canada is about 1/6 the price we would have paid for something of much lower quality.
I loved Langkawi, the beaches, the wildlife, the quiet laid back atmosphere... I could happily spend a great deal more time in the future.
You can see parts of Thailand if you do a boat ride. This augurs well for the thai cuisine, and we tried the fried duck:
They will upsell the drunken prawn: be pushed over!
Penang is just a ferry ride away. The Thai (and Italian, and Mediterranean and dimsum) food is even better, and cheaper. Hotels too: 200 MR vs the 800 MR in Langkawi.
Agree about the fresh sea food delivery in front of every restaurant: very impressive!