Privilege Restaurant and Bar

Malaysian fusion by the sea

What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

The view's not bad either.

The view’s not bad either.

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.

And yes they even have  happy hour.

Yes, they have happy hour.

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.

To die for New Zealand lamb.

To-die-for Kiwi lamb.

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.

Contact details
B8 First Floor Perdana Quay Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok
T: (04) 956 1188 F: (04) 956 1189;
Open: Mon-Sat, 12:00-23:00
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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