I’m no vegan or vegetarian (far far from it), but I always give credit where credit is due, particularly when chefs cook up a veg meal so good and fulfilling… you don’t even realise that there isn’t any meat in it!
I say this as a fully-pledged carnivore; vegan and vegetarian dishes don’t have to be boring, bland or colourless. Most restaurants should take note and make an active change to offer some exciting vegan/vegetarian options for every food-lover (how else are meat-eaters supposed to do their #MeatFreeMondays pics or brag about how healthy they’ve been on their Insta).
Here are some of my top vegan and vegetarian dishes around Malta that are definite proof that veg dishes are so much more than lettuce-munching!
1. The Vegan Ravioli
With spinach dough, wild mushrooms & truffle, hazelnuts, veg nage, asparagus, cherry tomatoes and hazelnut oil.
Go Green or Go Home!
Where? Salt Kitchen, Bugibba
2. The Beetroot and Prosecco Risotto
Risotto cooked in champagne, fresh beetroot, finished with butter, grana, mint and caviar.
Where? Two Buoys Bistro, St Julian’s
3. The Q Pot
With quinoa, carrots, cherry tomatoes, leeks, coconut shavings, pesto, nuts, ginger, tofu served with polenta cake.
Where? Naar RestoBar, St Julian’s
4. Ftita Ta’ Gianni
Whole Ftira filled with mushroom, kale, onions smoked Provolone cheese, topped with poached egg & chili.
Where? Dr Juice, Gżira.
5. Pumpkin & Brie Risotto
Arborio risotto cooked al dente, pumpkin purée, onions, garlic, thyme, butter, brie.
Where? U & Co Social Cafe.
… with seasonal leaves, feta cheese, grilled zukkini, cherry tomatoes, black olives, beetroot, sunflower seeds, chick peas, lemon tahini dressing. All the flavours.
Where? U & Co Social Cafe
7. Masala Dosa
A South Indian savoury crepe made from fermented batter of rice and lentils. This Vegan option is filled with mashed spiced potato & onions.
Where? TukTuk, (Valletta / St Julian’s)
8. Papdi Chaat
Crispy papdi chips topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chaat masala yoghurt, crispy sev noodles & chutneys.
Where? Also at TukTuk, (Valletta/ St Julian’s)
9. To Fish Taco
Battered to fish in a hardshell whole grain taco, packed with greens and drizzled with vegan tartar sauce.
Where? Pure, Sliema
10. Basically everything on this Valletta menu
Soul Food in Valletta dishes out the prettiest, creative and colourful vegan and vegetarian dishes you’ve ever laid your eyes on.
The above is just a tiny snippet of what to expect.
11. Green Pesto Rice Bowl
Rice finished with butter beans, green olives and winter savoury herbs. Let’s not forget our homemade pesto.
Where? Balance Bowl, Gzira
12. Vegan Zaps
Zaps are half baguettes toasted with various toppings such as spread of bigilla on a bed of tomato paste, green olives and a spread of cheese – garnished with fresh parsley.
Where? Balance Bowl, Gżira
13. The Vegana
A completely vegan pizza with tomato sauce , vegan mozzarella and mixed vegetables.
Where? Al Solito Posto, St Julian’s
14. Kidney Bean and Raisin Salad on Rosti Potato
Everything on their specially-created vegan menu is a feast for the eyes!
Where? Duo Restaurant, Mellieħa
15. Gnocchi Gorgonzola
With a gorgonzola cream sauce, topped with toasted walnuts.
Where? U Bistrot, St Julian’s
16. Bhel Puri Chaat
Puffed rice, crispy sev noodles, peanuts, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes & chutneys.
Where? TukTuk (St Julian’s / Valletta)
Yes, as you can see, I really like TukTuk’s vegan options.