Scarborough Fish and Chips

The real deal

What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

Easy to miss, so look for the blue house by the sea.

Look for the blue house by the sea.

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.

The beauty of an undeveloped beach awaits.

The beauty of an undeveloped beach awaits.

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.

The real deal fish-n-chips combo.

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.

Seafront dining at its best.

Relaxed seafront dining — now that’s a holiday meal.

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.

Contact details
Lot 1388, Jalan Tanjung Rhu Mukin Ayer Hangat, Langkawi
T: (01) 2 352 2236
Open: Open Tues-Sun 11:00 - 21:00
About the author
Vanessa eventually based herself in Langkawi and settled into the island lifestyle. The location offered a gateway to Southeast Asia, from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and other destinations on her 'to-do' list.
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