Serai, which means “lemongrass” in Malay, offers authentic Italian cuisine. The creative menu features light, classic Italian specialties, using the freshest local ingredients with a touch of Malay herbs and spices. The restaurant’s elegant design, accentuated with stone and timber, wicker chandeliers, copper pots and wind chimes, perfectly complements the magnificent backdrop of lush greenery and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.
Warm bread with pesto to start with.
Amuse Bouche: pancake with mozzarella cheese
Wild Mushroom Soup (MYR 55) was smooth and creamy, the flavor was not very ‘real mushroom’ (more like those from cans).
Beetroot Salad (MYR 54) with herb goat cheese, mixed field greens and herb dressing was refreshing.
Warm Scallop Salad (MYR 68) with sauteed mushrooms, tomato confit, basil pesto and balsamic reduction. The scallops were not very large in size, all four scallops were nicely seared with a crispy outerlayer and sashimi texture in the center. The taste was not bad except one of them were over-salted.
Mixed organic salad (MYR 52) with roasted peppers, grilled cottage cheese, fennel, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and citrus dressing. Nothing very special about the taste.
Stunning sunset by the beach
Move on to the mains, the Seafood Agnolotti (MYR 95) with mixed seafood and zucchini was much more pleasant than the appetizers. The pasta was cooked al dante, inside was minced seafood which was bouncy and umami. The saucing was creamy but not very heavy.
We also ordered the Roasted golden snapper (MYR 120) with lemon flavored feneel risstoto, fava beans and mixed green salad. I was kind of disappointed when it comes to the table: this item was from the ‘main/seafood’ menu but not ‘pasta’ menu, however, it comes with amazingly large portion of risotto, which was not suppose to happen to a seafood dish.
The snapper filet itself was fresh and tender, but the risotto tastes very bland. We both preferred the previous seafood agnolotti.
We also ordered two sides of vegetables for share: Asparagus Parmigiano Reggiano (MYR 38) and Steamed broccoli (MYR 38)
Mango sorbet (MYR 35)
Despite of the breathtaking view and the beachfront setting, the food serves at Serai was disappointing comapre to the Malay restaurant in the resort, Ikan-Ikan. The staffs do not know the menu well and even cannot tell the ingredients of some of the dishes. We waited for almost half an hour for our mains, and my snapper was a shame. Not only the salads were not really fresh nor worth the money, the seafood were not in premium quality. Compare to the western restaurants in other Four Seasons Resorts we have been to, Serai probably the least impressive one.
Address: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Hours: Dinner 6pm-10pm