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Standing on stilts on a lagoon off the St Regis in Langkawi, accessible only by a wooden walkway, Kayuputi (white wood) is reminiscent of a beach house and is definitely a sight for sore eyes. The interior is mostly white with accents of blue with the pieces in the restaurant showcasing class and sophistication. The best place in Kayuputi is no doubt the hammocks, where you can stretch your legs and have a pre-drink meal while watching the sunset. Al fresco seating is also a good option as it affords unobstructed views of the beautiful Andaman Sea.
The tuna tartare is a must-have here. The teriyaki glaze on the tuna gives it a hint of sweetness while the avocado and mango salsa adds richness and a bit of tang to the tiny cubes of fish. The crab salad is given a hint of heat with the wasabi tobiko and the addition of avocado gives it a creamy butteriness. The dish comes together nicely with a refreshing coriander yoghurt.
The seafood paella is great for sharing. Infused with Asian herbs and spices, it is topped with a tomato salsa, lemon wedges, plump scallops, crispy pieces of fish, luscious prawns and chewy mussels – this dish is just as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds.
Round up the meal with Nagasari, a Malaysiana dessert made up of caramelised bananas and coconut cream topped with a crispy fried banana. It is complemented with teh tarik ice-cream, which has a hint of bitterness thanks to the tea leaf infusion.
Kayuputi’s signature cocktail is the Sunset cocktail for two and best when enjoyed on the hammocks. A red rosella ice ball is presented in a martini glass and then a summery concoction of mango puree and juice, lime juice, tequila and Cointreau is poured over the ice ball, to resemble a sunset. The St Regis signature Bloody Mary is known here as Lang Mary thanks to an infusion of pandan and tamarind.
Service is wonderful and staff are very polite and are always checking up on guests without being intrusive. Some even strike up conversations and they appear very genuine in doing so.
Located in the St Regis, one can expect prices to be on the higher end of the spectrum but the excellent service, premium ingredients and stellar views all make it worth it