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2015-01-16

The GULAI HOUSE Datai Langkawi @ Traditional Malay Dining in The Rainforest


The GULAI HOUSE is situated in the Datai Langkawi luxury resort, set in a traditional Malay Dining in the heart of a 10 million years old rainforest. The Malay restaurant is regarded as one of the resort's signature restaurants with genuine traditional Malay food. As highlighted, the Gulai House enchants with the rustic atmosphere of a traditional Malay kampung house and the ever present symphony of wild birds, crickets and frogs. The walls are exposed to the elements with a thatched roof for cover, you get to soak up the surrounding rainforest sights and sounds throughout your meal.



The spacious restaurant is divided into various sections, providing open dining area, secluded nobats and alcoves shielded by airy organza drapes with traditional Malay low tables and cushion seats on hand-woven pandan mats for an intimate couple experience.


Celebrating indigenous customs, staff dressed in Malay costumes will greet you with a traditional hand-wash ritual prior to serving traditional Malay dishes in hand-crafted ceramic bowls.


The menu is extensive enough to cover all tastes and types, whether vegetarian or meat eaters, there is a great balance to the flavours. Staff are more than happy to recommend, especially for the house specialty although it may be difficult to choose from the many offerings. Our Malay set dinner was pre-organized with some of the selection from the signature dishes.


<Homemade Otak Otak>
A grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices as an h'orderves to open up your palate before the next few courses filled with a much heavier ingredients and spiced used.


<Deep Fried Soft-Shell Crabs with Local Spice>
A rather tantalizing starter when it is cooked just right. Neither over-used of batter nor deep fried to the right temperature by keeping the "fragile" soft shell crab being too dried and keep it its best shape on presentation. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio would be ideal for this dish.


<Soto Ayam>
No matter which version of Soto Ayam you may have sampled, the Indonesia or the Singapore recipe. The Gulai house Soto Ayam is rich and fragrant, this chicken soup is a much-loved classic. The broth is light with lots of condiments and spice used making this signature Gulai House's soup stand out from the other. Do not hesitate to ask for an extra slice of lime squeezing it into the soup to get a better kick.


<Deep Fried seabass with Calamnsi Sauce>
The tangy calamansi sauce soften the deep fried heat of the seabass making the fish taste unique.


<Beef Rendang Top with Fresh Shredded Coconut>
A rather complex and heavy dish yet with great flavor, the meat was cooked to right tenderness. This dish shall not consume just by itself but best goes with the naan bread and Indian papadom crackers.


<Mild Boneless Chicken Curry>
This Chicken Curry dish is mild and yet best accompanied by the house special - Biryani rice.


<Nasi Biryani>
A fragrance and well-seasoned mix of Jasmine and Basmati rice make best company to all meat dishes.

<Ulam>
Assorted vegetable serves as side dish with freshly made sambal belacan as dipping. If you are into hot and spicy, ask for more sambal, be warned!


<Malay Ketayap Pandan Pancake served with Vanilla Ice Cream>
This Ketayap Malay keuh pandan flavored pancake roll serve like a crepe. Made of flour, coconut milk and pandan juice which makes it natural  green, filled with brown sugar and shredded coconut.


A separate dining room with long table is ideal for private dinner event.





Tried & Tested:
Ambience: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5

Highlights:
Old Malay house set in the middle of the rainforest

Jalan Teluk Datai
Langkawi Kedah
Malaysia
Tel: +6 04 950 0500