Aug 14 2013
Scarborough Fish and Chips is a bit of a good find when it comes to locating Western food and a cold beer on Langkawi, especially when your sightseeing route seemingly lands you in the middle of nowhere. But down a lone stretch of road that runs parallel to the undeveloped idyllic Langkawi beach of Tanjung Rhu sits this small blue house cum restaurant, the last place on the left just as you spot the long empty stretch of white sand-y beach.
Having returned to Langkawi after working several years in New York City, the Malaysian owner of Scarborough decided to try his hand at Western cuisine, and hit on fish and chips as his specialty. It didn’t take long for word to spread quickly through Langkawi’s expatriate community on the merits of these fish and chips alone, not to mention the pristine beachfront sundowner location.
The location is a perfect take-a-break stopping point for those leisurely exploring this somewhat remote part of Langkawi. For those seeking a quick late breakfast and a cuppa-joe, Scarborough’s light and continental fare will run you about 8 to 15 ringgit or for a quick refuelling, the simple list of appetisers including wings, chips, calamari and the special prawn fritters are all less than 16 ringgit.
But the star of the show by far is the fish and chips. Fried in a traditional and authentic English-style batter, it’s light and crispy and cooked to perfection. You have a choice of several kinds of fish, all purchased every morning for quality and freshness. For the stalwart traditionalist the snowfish is comparable to the traditional cod of England. These thick and flaky filets can’t be beat, but they do also have dory, red snapper and barracuda in the white fish category, while the pan-seared mackerel is the choice for those who like a strong, denser fish steak. All fish can be ordered sauteed as well. Add the steaks, lamb shoulder and even pizza to their culinary offerings and you have a well-rounded Western menu great for seaside dining — and all go for less than 30 ringgit.
Scarborough’s also happens to be the only non-resort venue for miles around that supplies alcohol to thirsty tourists, solving a problem for local Muslim guesthouses and hotels that welcome Western guests with a hankering for a drink. They offer a selection of beer and wine as well as coffee, teas and soft drinks.
Despite their popularity, Scarborough’s manages to keep their prices much lower than the average Langkawi Western restaurant, mostly due to long-term stable rent, but also thanks to the owner’s own business philosophy of making his work a labour of love, rather than whacking in place a get rich quick plan. This shows in their relaxed ambience, whether stopping in for a quick bite and a swim or a lengthy sunset linger with friends.
Scarboroughs Fish and Chips
Lot 1388, Jalan Tanjung Rhu
Mukin Ayer Hangat, Langkawi
T: (01) 2 352 2236
Open Tues-Sun 11:00–21:00
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