Every foodie quickly learns that Malta has slowly become somewhat of an eatery Nirvana. From upscale restaurants to delicious concept eateries, the Maltese Islands are a foodie’s heaven. And it seems like it only gets better from here.
Here are the eight restaurants you need to be watching in 2018, in no particular order. Some of them have been featured in this year’s Definitive(ly) Good Guide Awards as new restaurants to look out for, while others haven’t even opened yet.
1. Crust by Sean Gravina – St. Julian’s
If you believe breakfast really is the most important part of the day, then you are going to love crust. Watch eggs turn into glorious gooey dishes that will take you back to your childhood and keep you full for the whole day.
2. The Sheer Bastion – Isla
This restaurant sits atop centuries-old bastions, within one of the most beautiful harbours in Malta. But the views still don’t compare to the incredible food Chef de Cuisine Andrea Marchetti is whipping up in the state of the art kitchen. Visit when you are looking for a flawless dinner.
3. Gyros and Churros – Msida
Apart from both ending in ‘ros’, Greek gyros and Brazilian churros don’t have much in common. But from the way this restaurant is gearing up, they are a match made in heaven.
4. Hammett’s Macina Restaurant – Isla
Hammett’s is focused entirely on using the finest local and seasonal products. Dine al freso under the imposing bastions nearby and choose from a selection of the finest wines as you dine your night away in style.
5. Miro – St. Julian’s
From the mind of serial restauranteur Marvin Schembri, Miro mixes the rustic with the complex to create a modern yet traditional take on fine dining. Miro also features a dedicated trolley stocked with a great selection of bourbons, vermouths and bitters to craft your perfect cocktail.
6. Pancake House by Shoreditch – Paceville
Are savoury pancakes your thing? Or maybe gluten-free or lactose-free pancakes are what you are looking for? Or maybe even a short-rib pancake. You can find all of these, and so much more, as the soon-to-be-opened Pancake House.
7. Phoenix at the Phoenicia – Floriana
The Phoenix is the main restaurant in the Phoenicia hotel, located just outside of Valletta’s City Gate. The elegance of the restaurant is complemented by a luscious a la carte menu that offers unique takes on Mediterranean and European dishes. Make sure you order the twice-bakes Gruyere souffle’ with green beans if passing by.
8. The Victoria – Valletta
This hole-in-the-wall will be serving cool Asian cuisine, doubling as a sushi and a noodle bar. Located in Strada Stretta, it will be the perfect place to start your night before you grab some incredible cocktails from the nearby bars.
BONUS: The Mediterranean Culinary Academy – Valletta
The Mediterranean Culinary Academy will be teaching aspiring chefs how to cook in ways that Malta has never seen before – and there is even a rumour going around that the Academy might even be opening a restaurant in Malta’s capital city soon…