Coals on the Beach Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort, Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan (09 518 1234/ www.kuantan.regency.hyatt.com).
Located in one of the classiest fivestar hotels in the sleepy little town of Kuantan, Coals on the Beach is a beachfront dining sanctuary. Decorated with wooden interiors, the restaurant is unpretentious and is the perfect environment to wine and dine as you gaze out onto the South China Sea. Feel the salty sea breeze wafting in as you choose from a surf-and-turflike menu, boasting dishes such as juicy steaks and lamb chops cooked to perfection or chargrilled fresh seafood. The all-you-can-eat salad bar is a nice touch for the health conscious, while vegetarian meals are also available. For something extra special, you can request for the restaurant to set up a private table right on the beach for you and a loved one. Note that the restaurant only opens for dinner. Child friendly. Free parking. Mon–Sat, 7pm–11pm. $$$
Coffee Terrace Lobby floor, Genting Grand Hotel, Genting Highlands (03 6101 1118/ www.rwgenting.com).
Managed by Genting Grand Hotel, this family restaurant serves both local dishes and international cuisine. Its four separate rooms – Private Room, Lanai Bar, Nyonya Baba Corner and Alfresco Terrace – can accommodate up to 600 diners. Food lovers can order dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, satay kampungku or Penang char kuay teow. If all else fails, there’s the extensive local buffet. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Daily, 7am–1am. $$$
Jasmine Caféhouse 45 Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands (05 491 1703).
A popular place among German and Dutch tourists mainly because of its rijsttafel (Dutch for ‘rice table’) set meals. With its bright orange interiors and Dutch flags everywhere, it’s hard to miss this place. Jasmine Caféhouse has a rich spread of food comprising local favourites as well as Chinese and Western dishes. The dishes can be a tad salty at times, but with the friendly service and cosy atmosphere, it’s okay with us. Child friendly. Credit cards accepted. Free parking. Daily, 12noon–10pm. $$$
Kampung Restaurant Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort, Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan (09 518 1234/ www.kuantan.regency.hyatt.com).
Its name, which means ‘village’ restaurant, tells of its down-to-earth, unpretentious demeanour. Running parallel to its no-frills philosophy is an understated elegance in its decor – one that is similarly reflected in its food. The all-day buffets offer an array of Western, Malay, Indian and Chinese fare, prepared à la minute and right before your eyes; the open kitchen concept of the barbecue and pasta stations allows guests to choose fresh ingredients, ripe for cooking. Credit cards accepted. Free parking. Daily, 6am–11pm. $$$