A Long Weekend @ The Datai Langkawi Part II

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BREAKFAST
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During our stay in The Datai Langkawi, the resort’s F&B outlets pamper our palate with an extensive choice of culinary delights.
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We look forward to every meal at The Datai Langkawi. We started our days early indulging in the buffet breakfast. The breakfast spread was not a big variety but everything looked good. It was full of healthy choices that include cereals with skim milk and full cream milk, yogurt, sliced fruit platter and fresh fruit juices. It also features a gourmet selection of breakfast favourites such as cheese, gravlax, cold cuts and assorted pastries. Most of the guests love the egg station, as everyone gets to customised the cooking according to their likings – half boiled, soft boiled, omelette, scrambled, sunny side up, poached, etc.
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The most heart-warming sight of all on a luxury hotel breakfast buffet is a full bottle of champagne, in an ice bucket!
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champagne breakfast of champions
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My everyday selection of east meets west. Pool side breakfast with champagne is definitely one of the little things in life we both enjoy!

THE DINING ROOM
open daily from 7.00am to 11.00pm

LUNCH
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The Beach Club boasts panoramic views of the Andaman sea while offering a refreshing menu of Mediterranean and International cuisine. It is also our favourite lunch and tea hang out spot as it is so close to the beach.
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From top left (clock wise): bruschetta topped with buffalo mozzarella (RM 46), tomato and olives; crispy egg noodles with fresh seafood (RM 62); pizza topped with langkawi prawn, lemongrass, mushroom, coriander, chili, lime (RM 65), wok fried chicken with cashew nut (chef’s special); suft & turf-black angus strip loin with tiger prawn, vegetables medley, barbeque sauce (RM 87)

Lunch was an enjoyable affair as we ordered a few dishes to be shared amongst the four of us. Most guests at The Datai Langkawi stays in for lunch as it is quite far to get to town. The price was a bit pricey, but you do get what you pay for and so much more!
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coconut drink, pineapple juice, mango ice cream

THE BEACH CLUB
open daily from 11.00 pm to 11.00pm

DINNER
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Gulai House is The Datai’s Langkawi flagship restaurant. Guests who stay at other hotels often hail a cab to The Datai Langkawi just to dine in here.
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It is located in the midst of a jungle at The Datai Langkawi and they serve a mixture of local Malaysian and Indian dishes.
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I really like the open-air “Kampung Style” setting. We were surrounded by nothing but the luscious jungle, and background music of tree frogs singing.
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The wait staff wrote our names on a piece of leaf as place card. The full menu was also presented in the form of a piece of dried leaf.  I like how this sweet gesture is environmentally friendly.
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We tried a whole array of authentic Malay and Indian flavours over one dinner. We got to admit that the spread was a little too overwhelming for the five of us. However, we managed to finish most of the dishes as almost everything was delicious!
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from top left: ulam, briyani rice, chapati, naan
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from top left: amuse bouche of bite size murtabak, gulai house special drink, sup ayam mulligatawny, sayur lemak godeh
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from top left: appetizer platter-otak-otak, kerabu mangga, pakoras (vegetable fritters, cucumber raita and tamarind chutney), beef rendang, aloo gobi masala, various dipping sauces
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The Gulai House features a number of catch of the day each day, and guests can make their pick and tell the chef how they want it to be done. We had a couple of seafood dishes and they were so fresh!  The udang karang (wok-fried lobster with Indian spices and curry gravy) was everyone’s favourite dish that night. Imagine warm, delicious chunks of lobster meat coated in a creamy curry sauce…mmmm…
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The squids were being grilled to tender perfection.  The best way to enjoy this is to simply flavored it with lemon juice.
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We also had some jumbo tiger prawns from caught from the coast of Langkawi. The flesh of the jumbo tiger prawns was so succulent and bouncy.
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The Murukh Tikka (skewered boneless chicken) looked dry but the meat were so flavourful and tender. I thought I was having fish for a while!
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We also had a grilled garoupa fish coated with tamarind sauce. The fish was very fresh and has a sweet and delicate taste.
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Gulai House’s special dessert buffet counter is a perfect sweet ending to our scrumptious meal. Unfortunately, most of us were too full too move by then.

The Gulai House is one of the best restaurants in Langkawi, as rated by Trip Advisor. I can see why. The restaurant setting amidst a virgin rain forest is sure to make a wonderful and memorable dining experience. As a Malaysian, we were utterly impressed by the quality of the Malay and Indian cuisine here. The beef rendang and grilled seafood dishes were really good, not to forget some of the remarkable side dishes such as sup ayam mulligatawny, aloo gobi masala and pakora. The wait staffs were attentive and knowledagble, making it a perfect dining experience.

THE GULAI HOUSE
open daily from 6.30pm to 11.00pm

COOKING CLASS

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It’s no secret that both KampungBoy and I love attending cooking class whenever we travel. We have done a few classes in Thailand and we were so glad that The Datai Langkawi offers Thai Cooking Class too!
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The chefs guided us through the preparation and cooking process of the five dishes. Everyone observed and listen attentively as we will be having some hands-on experience to prepare and cook two dishes later.
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KBCG in action!
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Drunken Prawns (Goong Phad Keemao) and Spicy Chicken Soup (Tom Yam Gai)

After cooking the courses, we got to taste and eat the food that we cooked immediately. The ingredients were so  fresh and the flavour was spot on!
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We came from different countries and backgrounds, but we had so much fun chatting over lunch and rolling our eyes over politics.
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Towards the final night of our stay, we tried out dinner at The Pavilion.
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Starter: Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Thai Chili Oil
Soup: Spicy Prawn Soup with Abalone Mushroom
Main Course: Green Chicken Curry, Crisp Fried Snapper with Chili and Soya Sauce, Stir Fried Seasonal Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
Dessert: Ripe Mango, Coconut Sticky Rice, Sesame Seeds

Thai food – as exotic as it is – needs no introduction and The Pavilion’s version was authentically spicy and delicious. The juxtaposition of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavours is what makes spicy prawn soup so addictive. We were really happy with the main courses especially the creamy green curry and freshly fried snapper.

Even if you are not staying at The Datai, you should at least dine in one of their restaurants for best services and delicious food.

The Datai Langkawi
Address: Jalan Datai, Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Phone:+60 4-959 2500
Website: www.dataihotels.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Datai-Langkawi/197263398823
reservationsdatailangkawi@dataihotels.com

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