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“Traditional Maltese food, just like mama used to make”

Nenu the Artisan Baker
Ranked #44 of 297 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Nenu The Artisan Baker is a meeting place for young and old, locals and foreigners, frequent patrons as well as those desirous of a taste of local authentic cuisine served within an old setting, restored to a pristine and unique look. Undoubtedly, the business venture places major emphasis on the need to promote the historical, cultural and societal importance of the prima donna which prompted the whole idea behind the project, namely... the Maltese bread in its traditional format. Apart from the meeting spots such as the 'Bar' area and the 'Discovery Room' area (primarily aimed at the younger generation), the premises offer an extensive dining coverage spread in many key points such as the 'Courtyard', the 'Attic' and other areas which may easily cater for special occasions and events.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

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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Thank Edwin G
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

It is really interesting place with its own history as it was a bakery. Now you can eat very tasty food there. As my friend said, it's like Malta's fusion - for example you can eat ravioli with rabbit meat. :)

Thank M_Iwanowska
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We were a group of 4 and decided to order and share four ftira 'pizzas' the Ta'Nenu special with maltese sausage was best out of the four but all of them were very good, the service was great and restaurant clean with a good atmosphere.

Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Anyone wanting true Maltese food, this is the place to go. Restaurant only has traditional Maltese food, that is served by attentive staff. Excellent choice of meals at very reasonable prices. Will tell my Maltese friends and relatives about this place.

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Thank NinoXerri
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Good food, well presented. Tasted different food since we were here as a group & we all ordered different food to sample a bit of everything.

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Thank music75
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