After discovering our hotel at Aliah Residence had a terrible menu with limited variety and zero options for vegetarians, my vegan travel buddy and I took a walk down Kampung Kuala Teriang to look for other places to eat.
Kampung Kuala Teriang is a long road that heads to Langkawi Airport. There are a few small family owned eateries, all about 500 metres apart. We visited each one and were disappointed at the choice of food, service and lack of air con / fans. I was also tired of looking at the same colourful cheap plastic chairs. Most of these eateries only had five items on their menu’s, such as ayam and nasi goreng. My instinct told me this cuisine would’ve been home style authentic Malaysian and flavoursome, but we had special requests today and could not get past the language barrier.
After walking for about a kilometre along the busy road, moving to the swampy side of the road when a motorcycle or vehicle approached, we found 7th Roof. Often there is a family of cattle walking across this road and today we were lucky enough to see them cross a few times, my vegan friend scared for their safety. I assured her the cattle know what they are doing and must’ve crossed this road a thousand times.
7th roof was a touristy seafood restaurant, but we were pleased there was a small vegetarian section.
Apart from the mixed vegetables in garlic sauce, the rest of the dishes served are seafood, The squid with onions and a Malay style sauce was a bit overdone. However, the tiger prawns and lobster are only RN15 to RN25 per 100grams and there are many delicious sauces like garlic butter or curry to choose from.
The Choy Sum cooked with a potent garlic sauce was delicious, as were the crispy vegetable spring rolls with savoury spices.
I enjoyed the food here, as well as the the restaurant’s peaceful ambience. It was although the establishment was located in the middle of a rainforest, when in fact it is situated in a swampy area. There is anti mosquito coils underneath each table, however I guarantee you will get bitten here.
The free wifi was a positive incentive for us foreigners to come to this restaurant, but was temperamental. The waitress and owners spoke good English and Chinese and provided fantastic service, willing to cater for vegetarian/ vegan diets.
I recommend 7th Roof for those on romantic dates or groups wishing to share many seafood dishes.
If you are not patient enough to get a table at Laksa King next door, you can normally walk straight it to Its sister restaurant, Chef Lagenda. I’m not exactly sure how the two Malaysian restaurants are connected but they have the exact same curry laksa’s and many other dishes in common.
The service here is questionable. The dishes don’t come out at the same time and I heard they store red wine in the fridge.
The laksa is delicious, one of the best laksa’s in Melbourne with large chunks of roasted eggplant, crunchy snow peas and a well balanced curry soup.
For $9.80 I recommend Chef Lagenda for all your laksa needs; chicken, seafood, vegetarian.