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“Comfort food in a cozy cafe ambience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santai Cafe

Santai Cafe
Ranked #59 of 414 Restaurants in Langkawi
Price range: $0 - $6
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: A small cafe offers a little bit of everything; from western to Malay cuisine.A relaxing place to escape from the scotching heat of island sun and enjoying warm and cosy ambience. Come and experience our hospitality.
Penang Island, Malaysia
Level Contributor
100 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Comfort food in a cozy cafe ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014

Chanced upon Santai Cafe which was located by the road in Kuala Teriang while on the way to Perdana Quay.

It had a cozy ambience and with tables inside laid out with white tablecloth and a brown overlay. Seats about 20pax inside and also another 20pax alfresco dining in two areas outside. A chandelier in the centre of the cafe provided a statement with warm white lighting providing the ambience. There is also a small lounge area where you can chill out with drinks and a selection of books and magazines for your reading pleasure.

The menu was a one-page menu with mostly western style fare of Beef Steak, Lamb Chops, Chicken Chop, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Fish & Chips, etc. If you are lucky you may be able to sample the special of the day which depends on what is available.

Fresh juices were served in miniature jugs and the steaks on a wooden platter/chopping board making it a novelty. The food was unpretentious and tasteful on every occasion that I have been there (4 times....which says a lot).

Service was provided by the owners Kuza & Luke and another female staff. Kuza was always the charming host, attentive & friendly. He suggested their signature dessert which was a twist to the Malaysian pisang goreng which were Banana Fritters topped with grated cheese and I must say that it was well worth ordering as it was lip-smacking!

Santai Cafe opens from 4pm-12mn daily (5pm-12mn on Friday & closed on Tuesday). Only down side was that the kitchen hood/exhaust was not strong enough so dining inside would also leave your clothes smelling of food ;-)

All in all Santai Cafe is one of the few places in Langkawi that makes dining a pleasure even with the limited menu offerings.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Level Contributor
33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

The service staff were warm and friendly. The food was good and the price is reasonable. The place somewhat makes you feel out of Malaysia. All in all, superb.

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2 Thank Harvi5575
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Langkawi, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not drive past this restaurant.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

On the road to Telaga Harbour (Danna Hotel).
Excellent staff with quality food and decor.
Certainly value for money. Successfully catering to please Asians and Europeans.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Sandra T
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Uji, Japan
Level Contributor
57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Schmick!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful people with beautiful food. Been highly recommended by the Hotel staff and it was mind blowing experience. Try the chicken rice and the cup of their special coffee and trust me - You wont hesitate to return. Fantastic services too!

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2 Thank ChesireCats
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Seek out this gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

We noticed this café when driving around the island, it was busy inside and out and looked different from the usual tourist restaurants on offer. As a family of four we tried a variety of dishes and loved every one. The portions were large and it was extremely reasonably priced (cheap)The décor was interesting and unusual and had obviously been thought about.
It was continually busy with locals queuing to eat or taking their food away.
It was a wonderful find and it will definitely be on our list of places to return.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank Sue J
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