Dock at the beautiful port of Valletta in Malta Island and stroll through its streets until you come to this little restaurant. It's cozy and pleasant and you can enjoy good fish and salad, good Mediterranean cuisine .... Highly recommended and quite affordable.
According to its poster, this is the oldest sweet shop in Malta, having stood here since 1837. It is a very popular spot in a small square (I forget the name) on Republic Street, a few metres from the Foreign Ministry. You can't miss it, as it has an iconic red phone booth outside, and a statue of Queen Victoria. Here you can buy some traditional Maltese sweets and pastries, and delicious ice cream. However, it also functions as a restaurant, and is very popular, given its great location. A good option if you want to try some traditional Maltese food, like beef rolls stuffed with breadcrumbs in egg and tomato sauce, or roasted rabbit. But really, the indisputable highlights are the desserts. Worth a visit!
The setting is beautiful. Pros end here.
Completely atrocious experience particularly because of terrible service. Food was ok, started with salmon appetizer that was average, continued with pea risotto that continued the ok trend. Asked for a refill of my glass of wine from a young male manager wearing a suit, dark hair with glasses, wine never came. Asked again fifteen minutes later from a lovely female server ve apologized and eventually brought the wine few minutes later. Risotto plates were never cleared until we left.
Main course never materialized while we're sitting there 20 minutes after risotto was finished. We were actually there for so long that the female server tried to take our silverwear away telling us she assumed we didn't have anything else coming. When we finally asked the server for the bill, the same young manager materialized and started arguing that we didn't want long enough. There were a dozen of ways he could have rectified the situation but chose to argue aggressively. None of our explanation of repeat failures in service and timing seemed to matter to him and he just continued arguing. It was completely surreal.
When the bill came he literally tossed it on the table and ran away. The main dish was included on the bill.
The entire experience was similar to what one would have at a terrible themed restaurant at EPCOT in Disney, low quality food and terrible service. Except no one in their mind would aggressively argue with a customer whether at a themed restaurant or anywhere else. There are so many better dining options in Malta, please avoid this.
A Walk in Vittoriosa ends at the port. There, in addition to providing a beautiful view of the boats moored at the municipality of Isla, you can choose from a wide range of restaurants to eat Mediterranean seafood of a high quality. We tested the Riviera della Marina, which is a pretty good establishment, where although the decor did not catch my attention at all, the food on your plate was of such high quality that it made you not want to look anywhere else but at your own plate.
Spaghetti with seafood, shrimp of a size more than considerable, fresh fish of the day ... besides the typical Maltese incoming always present, such as Biz-Jejt Hobz or Maltesse Platter. As a climax, a tiramisu is truly exquisite. I can't remember what the average price of the food was, but I remember that it was not cheap (say, for a "backpacker") yet nor overly expensive. A price adjusted for product quality, and judging by the amount of people there ... Better go with a reservation!
How well we ate at this restaurant on the trip we took to Malta last December! It is at the top of Mellieha, in the curve just before the steep descent to Ghadira Bay and along the main street called "Gorg Borg Olivier". It's actually an old mill that was rehabilitated into an elegant restaurant, both the exterior and interior, with numerous details and a welcoming atmosphere, indeed intimate, inviting to dine and celebrate a romantic evening in good company. It has a terrace outside which is used on summer evenings. We, being December, ate inside where logically there were not many diners, which made the dinner was even more intimate and each dish enjoyable. It is a restaurant with enough class and elegance, so the price of the menu is relatively expensive. Yes, this restaurant has the peculiarity that has a dinner menu of 14 € (2009), but only till 19:30, so it is perfectly oriented to the English and other Europeans like a very quick dinner. Logically, it did get us to eat dinner at 19:30, but we spent walking one day around and despite it being 20:30, we were still served. The menu was all delicious. Both the quantity and quality of the products tasted were exquisite, dishes including some decoration and pretty elaborate overtones, using traditional materials but with a modern touch. The waiter who served us also very nice and friendly. To complete the menu a glass of Maltese wine, rather "bland", but to accompany the menu we ordered a "Medina" white a wine made in Malta with Italian grapes, it was delicious. So if you go to the north of Malta, Mellieha, I would not miss this restaurant for the world, especially if you can "seize" dinner menu, a menu where the value is amazing.