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Family Paid Almost RM2K For 1 ‘Ikan Siakap’ At Langkawi Floating Restaurant

Family Paid Almost RM2K For 1 ‘Ikan Siakap’ At Langkawi Floating Restaurant

The reason for the expense was shown to be a plate of ‘ikan siakap’ or sea bass that alone cost a total of RM1,196.80.

Akmal Hakim

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There’s no denying that some people struggle to say no to a spot of sea bass served at the dinner table. But what happens when your meal cost more than what most Malaysians make in minimum wage?

Costing a total of RM1,855.20, the seafood spread supposedly enjoyed by Facebook user Muhamad Faris Zulkarnain with his family and friends at a local eatery in Langkawi had managed to turn some heads.

The reason for the expense was shown to be a plate of ‘ikan siakap’ or sea bass that alone cost a total of RM1,196.80.

Sharing snapshots of receipts dated 3 October, the man conveyed his dismay when he had to fork out nearly RM2,000 to pay for the meal they had ordered to serve seven people.

“We ordered half of the fish to be packed. Even after we finished eating, there was still a lot leftover. After eating I headed to the counter to make the payment. To my surprise, I saw the bill was RM 1852.50,” explained the man, telling of how they had initially planned to order two plates of ikan siakap but later changed their minds when a waiter came to describe how big the fish was and double confirming their order.

The fish apparently came to be approximately 7kgs in weight and was described to be slightly bigger than the fish normally served at other eateries.

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The man also claimed that the restaurant had asked for a 5% charge if a payment was made with a credit card, which the guy promptly refused and instead paid the meal via online transfer.

The receipts that accompany the post showed that the bill was made out by the Sas Rimba floating restaurant.

A look through the comment section of the post revealed how some people were more than aware of the extreme price of seafood served at some restaurants on the island.

“Be careful when you’re eating in Langkawi, the prices are extreme,” wrote one commenter.

While others instead question why the diners didn’t make sure exactly what they were paying for before eating.

“Each and every place is different ya. Next time ask or look for the price. That’s why the restaurant staff asked to double confirm.” noted another commenter.

Later, another Facebook posting surfaced claiming to be a reply from the Sas Rimba floating restaurant.

The reply had allegedly come from the restaurant’s representative, Norasyikin Musa, who claimed that they had already explained the meal to the customers before taking their orders.

According to the representative, the prices of live fish served at the restaurant had been clearly stated on the menu and came at RM16 per 100 grams.

Apparently, the sea bass that was served to the customers was actually a fish that had been put on display at the restaurant.

I myself explained to the customer about how big the fish was because it’s a show fish displayed in our tanks and we normally don’t sell those.

Norasyikin Musa via Facebook

The eatery also denied asking for extra credit card charges as claimed in the post.


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