We were lucky enough to have the recommendation from a Maltese friend (and lucky enough to have wheels to get to Mgarr!), having asked them to tell us where we could eat some real 'Maltese food'. Of course, I have started to realise that the Italian and English foods which seem to feature highly on the restaurant menus are just as true a part of the Maltese diet as anything else, but great to find a place which just offered a simple selection of rabbit, snail, quail, horsemeat and seafood dishes. This was a no-frills meal, with the dining room and presentation nothing flash, but fried octopus, snails, rabbit stew, baked salmon par excellence (all served with chips - and perfectly normal to do so in Maltese cuisine), with complimentary traditional bean paté and bruschetta-type appetisers to begin and halva and peanuts in their shells post-dinner. A lovely Maltese liqueur (Bajtra) made from prickly-pear concluded proceedings. This meal was a real treat, though not sure about the huge back-lit photo on the restaurant frontage of a couple of cuddly white pet rabbits!!
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