Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kayu Puti Langkawi: Fine Dining Restaurant at The St. Regis Langkawi

It was a night to remember. An exquisite meal, complemented by stellar service and stunning interior, topped with a spectacular sunset at Kayu Puti in The St. Regis Langkawi made this an extra memorable evening for us in Langkawi.

Designed by renowned landscape architect, Bill Bensley, the signature restaurant of the hotel is depicted as a private over-water beach house of an art collector. A specially curated antique collection featuring 139-year old wooden door from Java, windows repurposed from the Dutch Embassy in Yangon and 60 teak columns inlaid with camel bone from India are some of the treasures found in Kayu Puti.

Come early for pre-dinner drinks at the Kayu Puti Bar; grab a spot in one of the oversized hammocks overlooking the Andaman Sea and sip on delicious cocktails as the sun sets in the horizon. This is the BEST place in Langkawi to catch the glorious sunset.

Beautiful sunset!

The dining area is absolutely gorgeous, showcasing an eclectic collection of furniture and furnishings such as the extravagant seashell encrusted chandelier and vases. From our table, we also had a good view of the open kitchen and the chefs at work. 

These vases were left in the ocean for the corals to attach themselves to it.

The menu features Asian-influenced Haute cuisine and reinterpretations of regional recipes, with a clear focus on locally sourced ingredients and local flavours. We both went for the sensational six-course tasting menu, aptly named The Journey, which takes you through a culinary journey through the different states in Malaysia.

To start, we were presented with the trio of the day which make up the amuse bouche. What a way to awaken our tastebuds, with Traditional kuih loyang with rojak, Beef tartare on lotus chips and Kaffir lime cod fish mousse. A chest filled with two types of bread is served with asam pedas tomato jam and Pamplie butter.

Our culinary journey began at Kuah, the main town of Langkawi Island. Eggplant, sourced from the local market, is showcased in various different textures in the first (vegetarian) dish. On the plate, you will find eggplant puree topped with pomegranate, chickpeas, Kalamata olive and peanuts, as well as eggplant chips and baby pickled eggplant with red curry sauce.

We head to Kaki Bukit in Perlis next, where pomelo from this area is paired beautifully with pan seared Hokkaido scallop, served with a mango chip, coconut gel, peanuts and a homemade red curry sauce.

The land of Cameron Highlands is famous for its freshly grown vegetables. Pumpkin takes the spotlight here, with a roasted pumpkin tortellini served with pumpkin acar, pumpkin seed crisp, pumpkin puree and a light turmeric broth with local herbs.

In the Southern region of Johor, asam pedas is one of the popular, must-try dishes there. The resulting dish is the asam pedas risotto, a  beautiful marriage of Italian and Malaysian cuisine. This robust risotto is topped with hot smoked Atlantic cod fillet, confit tomato, a tamarind chilli broth and daun kesum.

We return to Kuah, this time for a meaty delight in the form of charcoal grilled Sher Wagyu tenderloin with a marbling score 9. The Wagyu was beautifully tender, and was complemented with celery root puree, homemade chorizo stuffed solok chili, Langkawi calabasa squash, and mole local spiced sauce. My favourite dish of the evening!

Our journey ends at Ayer Hangat, with a luscious panna cotta dessert made with Langkawi's finest black bee honey from Mr. Radzi's farm. The dessert is accompanied with sour honey gel, vanilla sponge, grapefruit pomelo, orange, Thai basil and lime sorbet. The evening ends with the presentation of the Sweet Trunk, filled with various sweet treats such as teh tarik lollipops, pate de fruit, smoked cekodok stuffed with black bee honey and honeycomb cake.

To our delight, Kayu Puti welcomes families with children too. This means Hubby and I can indulge in a delicious fine dining meal with our children in tow. There is a children's menu or you can order from the a la carte menu. Our kids shared a few dishes from the latter, namely the Stanbroke Wagyu with marbling score 2 as well as the Jivara sphere which they cracked open to reveal golden chocolate brownie bites and more.

It was truly a five-star dining experience, with outstanding cuisine showcasing elevated local flavours and ingredients. A must-visit when you're in Langkawi!

The Journey tasting menu is priced at RM 560 per person (without wine), RM 810 per person (with wine pairing). For more information, please visit


Opening times: 6pm to 10pm daily.

Location: Kayu Puti, The St. Regis Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Beringin, 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 (4) 960 6666


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  1. love your pics - that's a majestic setting for sunset indeed - and everything looks beautiful from every angle! :D

  2. That is truly regal - fine dining at its best, classy!

  3. the place is so amazing, super cozy and very classy! I would love to visit there and try their food


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