May 16 2013
Malaysian fusion restaurant Privilege offers a unique Langkawi culinary experience, with five-star dining at three-star prices. The ambiance of this small, intimate restaurant is a refreshing change from the local norm. The interior is contemporary, accented by touches of traditional Malay, with elegant but simple furniture and a view of Telaga Harbour below and distant jungles.
A small bar with clean lines and shelves of bottles leads into a main dining area that has limited seating with large windows overlooking the yacht-filled harbour and Mediterranean-style buildings on the opposite shore. An extensive list of cocktails won’t break the bank, priced at 16 to 18 ringgit — expect offerings such as a Telaga Bellini, lemongrass and ginger muddled with Absolut and lychee liquor before being topped with bubbles. They also have a roll-the-dice happy hour from 15:00 until 19:00 if you’re feeling lucky.
The tables are set with simple elegance and if you hold a reservation, your name handwritten on a banana leaf denotes it. For starters, try the New Zealand lamb and curry potato samosas or the or the Australian beef satay with jasmine rice and peanut sauce; these are a steal at 12 to 24 ringgit.
For mains, worth noting is the Australian beef rendang served with with jasmine rice, kuah lodeh and peanut sauce, as well as the roasted five-spice duck breast with white radish cake and garlic bok choy. If you feel like something with a bit more of a Western flavour, try the New Zealand rack of lamb with egg and mushroom in a vinegar sauce with tea-flavoured jasmine rice. Mains start at 28 ringgit and head north to 178 ringgit for a lobster extravaganza.
Desserts round out the Privilege experience. We liked the ice cream trio of smoked banana, gula Melaka and Indian chai — the flavours are subtle and enticing. The steamed chocolate and cardamon cake is moist and soft due to steaming as opposed to baking.
This only represents a small sampling of the menu. The chef’s always creating and adding new dishes and deleting a few from time to time to ensure regulars don’t get bored.
Privilege Restaurant and Bar
B8 First Floor Perdana Quay
Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok
T: (04) 956 1188
F: (04) 956 1189
Open Mon-Sat, 12:00-23:00
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