W hat a wonderful find. The food is simple Maltese food done with love and pride. The staff are excellent and offer insight into the menu and the preparation of the food. Ask your waiter to show you the kitchen. They will show you the wood fired ovens where they bake all the food.
As you enter the restaurant you descend a glass staircase. Below you are exhibitions which demonstrate the traditional bakery and the type of activities that went on - nice touch. The most important thing about any restaurant is the food and I am happy to say that everything we had was simply first rate. Even the food our fellow dinners had ordered on neighboring tables looking enticing, especially the Ftira.
My party of three had lunch mid week. The restaurant soon filled up so worth making a reservation. We had a freshly baked selection of breads with a variety of Maltese dips including Bigilla which is a mashed up bean dip with olive oil, a tomato puree and diced onion and tomato. Very nice. For mains we had stuffed marrow. These were three marrows stuffed with minced pork and minced beef with onion and herbs and baked in the oven. There was also a nice selection of baked veges and some divine sliced potatoes also baked with herbs, very very tasty. Two of my party had the stuffed marrows and I had the baked macaroni. This was cooked to perfection and especially tasty, again with some lovely herbs and cheese.
We had a bread pudding for desert (it includes nuts, raisins and dried fruit) along with a Maltese date and fig pastry which is deep fried. My god, the deserts were superb and I can highly recommend both of these. To finish off we had a Maltese coffee, which does not taste like coffee but was pleasant and very herby in taste. The waiter gave us a complimentary Gozoitan liquor which was very pleasant.
We had a small bottle of Maltese red wine (single serve), which was Shiraz Merlot blend - which was OK - two large bottles of sparkling mineral water and a small bottle of plain water. The entire lunch for three people came to under €50 which was great value. We even had a doggy bag with left overs which was great the day after.
What a find, great simple food, local produce prepared with passion at reasonable prices. Can't wait until next time we visit Malta.
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