When the Definitive(ly) Good Guide For Restaurants in Malta & Gozo awards a restaurant with a win, you better listen and you better listen carefully, because they were voted by thousands of people from the public.
1. Root 81, Rabat (The winner)
Thy’ve only been open for about a year, but Root 81 are already making big waves in the local culinary scene.
With dishes such as seared scallops (with cauliflower puree, cous cous, shavings & hazelnut dressing), maple glazed duck breast and pan roasted meagre (with flamed mussels, dill & saffron emulsion) it’s not hard to see why.
2. Dinner in The Sky, various locations
Dinner in the Sky raked in as many awards as Beyoncé at The Grammys. Not only did they win the restaurant with the best service and best ambience, they also came second for most popular with food.
We cannot wait to dine while suspended 40 feet in the air when it hopefully comes back next summer!
3. The Chef’s Table, Buġibba
The Chef’s Table specialise in modern fusion cuisine which is nothing short of art on a plate.
Sample dishes include quail’s breast, marinated octopus, rabbit liver, prawn & lobster tortellini and more.
4. Tarragon, St Paul’s Bay
How does wagyu beef & black Angus tortellacci, Tuscan wild boar rack topped or white seabass & prawn artisan ravioli sound?
Because these are some of the dishes on the menu at one of the most consistently-awarded and beloved restaurants on the rock.
5. The Lord Nelson Restaurant, Mosta
Serving exemplary cuisine since 1996, this restaurant’s menu features showstoppers such as kangaroo fillets (served with dukkah, orange, lentils, yogurt) and torched cod with sweet curry, asparagus and juniper berry ash.
6. Caviar & Bull Restaurant, St Julian’s
Caviar & Bull’s dishes are mouther-watering and beautifully-presented. Popular dishes include seared wagyu beef carpaccio, langoustine tails nested in filo, local red prawns, their signature Lobster Popcorn and of course their AAA Black Angus steaks.
7. Patakka Restaurant, Valletta
L’artiglio’s sister restaurant is making quite the name for itself thanks to the seasonal dishes they expertly serve.
These include pigeon (with a creamy broth, pigeon breast and root vegetables), smoked eel risotto with torched langoustine and local pork neck (with pear, spinach, potato puree and pork jus).
8. La Buona Trattoria del Nonno, St Paul’s Bay
The food is consistently great but we’re going to keep this short and sweet… go for the ribs.
9. Buddhamann, St Julian’s
Buddhamann has been impressing diners for many years. Their dishes are stunning and are modern with Far East flavours. We love their Peking duck, veal fillet and the signature Lobster Popcorn.
It’s owned by the same chef that gave us #2, #4 and #6… Malta’s very own superstar Marvin Gauci.
10. Venus Restaurant, Buġibba
Prepare to be taken on an epic culinary journey at Venus whose menu includes perfectly-prepared pork fillet wrapped in bacon, grey meagre, Chinese five spice rubbed duck and rabbit ravioli.
11. Ta’ Marija Restaurant, Mosta
Ta’ Marija is an oldie but a goodie and has won so many awards it’s hard to even count.
Menu involves impeccable Maltese favourites like aljotta, traditional baked macaroni with minced beef, chicken liver, eggs & Pecorino, tons of homemade ravioli, lampuki and a plethora of other fish and meat dishes.
The menu is certainly long.
12. Grotto Tavern, Rabat
Feed your senses by feasting on a menu which offers goose breast salami and duck leg fritter, risotto calamari, boneless pork shoulder rib (with spicy ‘nduja sausage, bean cassoulet, crispy skin) and fillet of beef served with wild mushroom stew, grilled mushrooms and a creamy veal jus.