We had a great trip recently to Langkawi, a short plane hop from Singapore & a tiny little island nestled off the coast of Malaysia. It’s a pretty standard weekend trip for many of our friends, but it was our first time. We loved the island, mooching about on the beaches, enjoying the stunning weather & essentially taking some time out from Singapore. We stayed at Bon Ton, a rustic little getaway, just 10 minutes from the airport & perfect for some R&R. Would really recommend it, but try & stay in Bon Ton & not the accompanying Temple Tree which isn’t as good.
Whilst it’s a great spot for a relaxing break, we wouldn’t rush to Langkawi for food adventures. Firstly, Malaysian food isn’t top of our list & hunting out good restaurants tends to force you into the big, glamorous, over-priced hotels dotted around the island which we didn’t really fancy. We did eat in Bon Ton on quite a few nights & the food was solid, with a good varied menu.
The one restaurant we did want to write about was a little Syrian place, right on the main drag off touristy Cenang Beach. It’s not much from the outside but it had come recommended so we thought we would give it a shot as a break from Bon Ton. Whilst Cenang Beach is busy it’s great fun for sundowners & we spent a quite a few nights chilling out with cold beers in the beach bars watching the sun come down. This makes Yasmin perfectly located since it is only a 5 minute walk from there.
One distinctive element that will help you find Yasmin is the clay oven they have outside the restaurant which is where they bake their fresh flatbreads. It’s a nice touch & the bread is delicious. Ripping hot, thin & a perfect accompaniment to all the treats & dips on the menu. We kicked off with a simple meze of Tabbouleh, Hummus, Falafal & Baba Ghanoush. It was the charred aubergine & big punch of tahini that went into the Baba Ghanoush that made it the winner, but all three were tasty. For mains we shared a selection of kebabs. The one worth mentioning is their Chicken Shwarma. Well balanced spice, succulent chicken, tasty salads & once again that hot flatbread to act as cutlery. Delicious.
If you’re looking for a change from the fancy hotels, then I would recommend heading to Yasmin after some sundowners to enjoy some simple, well-cooked Syrian grub at an unbelievably affordable price. We enjoyed it.
Yasmin, Kampung Lubok Buaya, Langkawi, Malaysia