CULI­NARY AND COCK­TAIL IN­DUL­GENCES AT THE ST. REGIS LANGKAWI

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EATING -

Din­ing in the Jewel of Kedah got a whole lot more ex­cit­ing since The St. Regis, a cen­tury-old brand founded in New York City, joined the is­land’s list of lux­ury ho­tels. A trea­sure box con­tain­ing a smor­gas­bord of eats, The St. Regis Langkawi houses six elite restau­rants and bars un­der one roof, not in­clud­ing their 24-hour pri­vate din­ing ser­vices. The spank­ing new ho­tel, which opened its doors on April 6 2016, en­trusts its kitchen to Ex­ec­u­tive Chef David Mottl, a Ger­man gour­mand whose culi­nary rep­u­ta­tion pre­cedes him.

Start your day off right with a sump­tu­ous break­fast buf­fet at Re­sem­bling a green­house pop­u­lated with citrus trees, the restau­rant lets you tra­verse the world from France to China, and Ja­pan to In­done­sia with of­fer­ings such as lob­ster omelette with foie gras, silky con­gee with condi­ments, green tea soba noo­dles, spicy Ja­vanese fried noo­dles and more.

The is your best bet for fresh pas­tries and steam­ing mugs of cof­fee and tea. The deli triples as a class­room for cook­ing classes and a gift store for ed­i­ble sou­venirs. No trip to Langkawi is com­plete with­out an ex­pe­ri­ence at a ro­man­tic restau­rant sus­pended over the ocean. Spe­cial­ties in­clude the grilled Langkawi lob­ster served with sweet corn risotto, and the lemon tart ac­com­pa­nied by pan­dan ice cream. De­signed by iconic ar­chi­tect Bill Bens­ley, the eatery’s cen­tral fea­tures are the floor-to-ceil­ing French win­dows.

If you fancy a glass of wine or a cock­tail, look no fur­ther than The St. Regis Bar, De­can­ter Wine Cel­lar or The Draw­ing Room. While all serve ex­cep­tional drinks, each varies where am­bi­ence is con­cerned. The St. Regis Bar is all sleek wooden ac­cents rem­i­nis­cent of the rain­for­est whereas De­can­ter Wine Cel­lar was de­signed with wine en­thu­si­asts at heart. Mean­while, the airy Draw­ing Room keeps things chic yet ca­sual with both in­door and al­fresco seats over­look­ing the glit­ter­ing An­daman Sea.

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