In­ter­na­tional

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - PAHANG -

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. $$$

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