These are my top 10 places to eat in Malta. I am in no way sponsored by these restaurants, and have visited each place on at least 1 occasion. The criteria I base my review on would be service, food presentation, menu choice and both quality and taste of the food. I will also include my personal choices of what to eat for each place as well.
Munchies in Mellieha is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a good variety of burgers, pasta, salads and starters. My first experience with Munchies was at the lido where they have a good choice of both savoury and sweet breakfast. My recommendation would be either Eggs Florentine or the Black Pudding & Crispy Bacon Brioche. Having breakfast pretty much right on the beach is definitely a lovely way to start the weekend! An alternative to the Mellieha Munchies is the Golden Bay Munchies, located pretty much on the beach, also serving lovely cocktails.
Simply lovely food and excellent service. Food was served quickly and hot, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. With a menu focused around fresh and local food, you cannot go wrong whether you like Lobster or prefer vegetarian or vegan options. I would definitely try the lobster Ravioli, and don’t forget dessert!
NAAR pretty much has it all – a restaurant, bar, cocktail lounge, both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a full-size outdoor pool. You can visit the restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My personal favourite is the Open Faced Salmon Bagel with baby spinach, smoked salmon and poached eggs, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and a homemade Hollandaise sauce, which is a brilliant brunch option if you want a savoury start of your day.
D’Office in Valletta opened up in 2004 and focuses on Mediterranean and local cuisine, both for lunch or dinner. If you are around St. George’s square in Valletta, please do not miss their Sea Bass Fillet which is oven baked with white wine and garlic, served on caponata and roasted potatoes, or the Fritto Misto (Fresh Breaded calamari rings, prawn and white bait, served with a tartar sauce). Booking is recommended for dinner, as you may otherwise miss out!
From snacks to mouth watering burgers, pizza, pasta, risotto and Sicilian mini-dessert, you will not be disappointed by Fresco’s in Sliema. Aside from local and mediterranean cuisine, Fresco’s chef likes to mix in some other cuisines, making this place a truly multi-cuisine restaurant. With pleasant, good service, a beautiful view over the bay, try some Calamari Fritti or fresh fish, with a glass of the good selection of wines Fresco’s offer. You will not be disappointed!
The award-winning brigade of Taro Restaurant, led by executive chef Adrian Buttigieg, has on more than one occasion delighted my tastebuds with lovely creations on a plate. Both beautifully presented, as well as very well tasting, Taro is one of my top three places on the island, and therefor could not be missed out from this list. Try the king crab, with pecans, radishes, melon and grapefruit as a starter, followed by either the mixed shellfish marinieres or the seared venison accompanied by carrots, passion fruit gel and cacao jus. If you still have place for dessert, opt for the white chocolate and berry fondant.
Peperoncino in St. Julian’s is one of those places I do not go to that often, but which never ceases to consistently deliver quality in both food and service. One of my favourite items are the Gozitan Asparagus with Parmesan cheese sauce and crispy prosciutto crudo, followed by a seared duck breast with roasted potatoes. Yumm!
Long standing one of my favourite places in Malta, Trabuxu offers both the bistro experience and the wine bar experience. Both intimate, cosy and perfect for a romantic date or a birth day party, I recommend to book well in advance, especially if you’re in a larger group. I had chosen Trabuxu wine bar for my birthday party a few years back, and there was ample food in the mixed platters for about 15 people. If you’re not sure what to chose from for your platters, please ask for a recommendation of the knowledgeable staff, you will not be dissappointed!
The Waterpolo Club in Ta’Xbiex is one place that fights a touch fight with Trabuxu for my top favourite place in Malta to eat out. Having been on different occasions, with a different number of people, it has always been a pleasure to come eat here. The staff have excellent serving skills, are all well presented and informed of the menu and speciality of the day. The chef’s team in the kitchen produce well presented, flavourful meals each single time, irrelevant of how busy the place can get on e.g. a Sunday lunch. The problem with this restaurant is however their menu – there is simply too much goodness to chose from! The focacce are nice to nibble on, whilst waiting for your fried Buffalo Mozzarella or the grilled Salsiccia Siciliana. For those who enjoy a good burger, pizza or pasta there is ample choice as well. My menu suggestions would be Risotto ai Frutti di Mare or the three variaties of homemade ravioli, served with fresh sage, melted butter and pepper. As a main you will not be disappointed with the beef tagliata or the fresh local fish in foil with fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil.
Chukkas restaurant offers a warm, friendly, and relaxed dining experience, serving first class Argentinian cuisine. Situated on the Malta Sports Grounds, the restaurant overlooks the race track, offering you the chance to have the best view of the horse races in Malta while you tuck away in your plate.
Although Chukkas specializes in Argentinian steaks cooked on a log grill, the menu will satisfy every one’s taste. This includes salads, wraps and more, depending on the day’s specials. A choice of local and foreign wines is available to compliment your dining experience and a definite ‘must try’ are the home-made sweets. The restaurant is run by Martin Arrigo, the owner and his team.
My suggestion for a perfect Sunday lunch would be the mixed grill as a starter, a fillet steak medium grilled and of course, a delicious banoffee pie (or strawboffee pie if strawberries are in season) with coffee.
I hope this list gives you some suggestions of where you can go eat next. Please let me know if you visited any of the above and what your experience is!