We’ve had quite an amazing year for fun and fancy new eateries across the island, so we really can’t complain about choice – but we’re going to anyway.
The more we’re spoilt for places to go grab a quick bite, the more we expect. So 2017, if you’re looking to impress, this is what we need.
1. Proper Vietnamese pho
Just an entire joint serving up amazing pho. Maybe you can make it a take-away restaurant: pho, to-go. You’re welcome. To those who don’t know, pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and beef or chicken.
2. More burritos
3. More Greek food
Greece’s legendary gyros, their take on the burrito, also needs to become a thing we can get here like yesterday. Also if the place serves genuine Greek desserts, we’ll be daily customers.
4. Soup bars
Like a juice bar, but for soup. It’s not overly complicated but quite a necessity. We don’t really have cold harsh winters, but everyone enjoys a good soup throughout the year (bar July through September). We could also serve it inside hollowed-out ħobż tal-Malti – heaven.
5. More American dishes that aren’t just burgers and ribs
They may not be world-famous for their cuisine, but a place that serves Philly cheese steaks and homegrown Mac’n’cheese will have my custom in a heartbeat. Also bear claws please.
6. Creole dishes
This may seem like a subset of the above-mentioned plea for different American dishes, but creole deserved its own section. Anyone out there looking to satisfy Malta’s unknown craving for gumbo?
7. A Raclette restaurant
Seriously, it’s a giant wheel of cheese melted and poured over all your favourite dishes – how is vegan food in Malta a thing, but this not?
8. Maltese street food
And no, we don’t need more pastizzi. We’re talking rabbit, octopus, timpana, bragjoli, bebbux – all our favourite local dishes without the hassle of an overpriced restaurant. If it was served out of a food truck, well then we’d be in heaven.