Malta, basking in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, lies to the south of Sicily just east of Tunisia. Its location results in a cuisine that has been heavily influenced by the surrounding regions while still retaining its own unique taste and splendour.
Malta holidays offer the hungry traveller a mouth-watering array of enticing flavours. The fusion of Italian and Mediterranean cookery results in olive oil and garlic on pretty much every plate, but there are plenty of local specialities any true gastronome cannot miss. Luckily Malta’s small size makes navigating your way to food heaven an easy task. The following recommendations come from all regions of the island, each of them named one of the top 30 restaurants in Malta by WRMC 2013 Restaurant Guide, so no matter where you choose to stay, you’re not far from a feast!
- Guze Bistro, Valletta
For true Mediterranean flavours, head to Guze Bistro in Valletta, Malta’s capital in the east of the island. A small, friendly restaurant in an historic building, its menu boasts a beautiful meat selection, from tender rib eye and fillet steaks to melt in the mouth pork belly. Vegetarians are catered for with a delightful selection of cheese-baked vegetable dishes and classic Mediterranean salads. Large portions and exquisite wines will keep you coming back for more.
- Tartarun Fish Restaurant, Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in south-east Malta, so it’s no surprise that some of the very best seafood can be found here. The Tartarun Fish Restaurant uses this to its advantage as it is one of the very best of the seafood restaurants along the Maltese coast. A pretty restaurant overlooking the bay, this is the place to be for fresh lobster, shellfish and the catch of the day. Non-fish lovers are catered for too, with duck, beef and veal gracing the menu, all moderately priced.
- Venus Restaurant, Bugibba
Mediterranean tastes are fused with the finest European cuisine here in Bugibba, on the east of the island. Small, clean and dressed in white, Venus Restaurant offers something a bit different from the usual mainstay courses. Visitors can sample oysters, pigs’ brains and even foie gras is on offer if you book in advance. The fainthearted can always opt for a juicy steak, duck breast and pasta dishes.
- Bouquet Garni, Mellieha
Bouquet Garni in Mellieha is a Mediterranean delight. Situated in northwest Malta, the cuisine here is a fun and fresh fusion of French and Mediterranean. Food lovers come here for the warm and relaxed atmosphere as well as the varied menu. A small, cosy restaurant, this is the place for you if you enjoy homemade bread, fine wines and friendly hosts. The speciality here is seafood, so if surf and turf is your thing, you won’t go wrong here.
- Tarragon, St Paul’s Bay
A little pricier than its competitors, Tarragon vies for your attention and your wallet by its delicious plates and impressive presentation. The menu is varied to say the least and is sure to satisfy even the choosiest of eaters. Vegetarians will be happy to note that the vegetables are organic and grown on the premises for the exclusive use of the restaurant. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff mean you are sure to find a wine to complement your meal to perfection.