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Polip-oh! These 8 Maltese Restaurants Really Know How To Serve Octopus Justice

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Fishing season in Malta is in full swing and tbh it should be an all-year thing because, my God, do we love the fruits of our sea!

Malta’s got a great seafood game, but we thought we’d take a closer look at our tentacled friends: the octopus (qarnit).

These are just a few of the local spots on the island that you’l be able to find some great octopus dishes at:

1. Spagetti biz-zalza tal-Qarnit – Qbajjar, Marsalforn (Gozo)

The restaurant that over looks the waters of Marsalforn in Gozo has a fabulous dish of spaghetti with octopus.

 

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2. Qarnit bil-lardo – Tartarun Fish Restaurant, Marsaxlokk

Using fresh octopus caught in the waters around the south of Malta, this fine dining concept mixes the sea with the land for a flavour explosion dabbed with miso and octopus ink.

 

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3. Qarnit ta-xewm – King’s Own Band Club Bar, Valletta

A classic dish with an exquisite flavour that no one can turn down, ever.

 

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4. Octotacos – Ristorante La Vela

This place in Pieta recently revamped their menu and one of the new kids on the block is something we don’t think Malta has seen before: octopus tacos.

 

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5. Squid Ink Lasagne – The Grain, Valletta

This place just exudes class and their lasagne, coloured with squid ink and infused with nduja butter is the perfect filler for a light lunch in the capital.

 

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6. The Octopus Burger – Sea Salt, Sliema

A whole octopus as a patty, braised, topped with grilled chorizo and smothered in a cherry tomato relish with chilli sauce and a few mixed leaves. Sucker me up, I want five.

 

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7. Octopus Bolognese – The Lord Nelson, Mosta

A different spin on plain old spaghetti, Lord Nelson kicks things up about 10 bars and leaves your octopus cravings in the dust.

 

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8. Stuffat tal-Qarnit – D’Office Bistro, Valletta

The Maltese classic, slow-cooked and absolutely savoury. D’Office offer up a hearty serving of octopus stew that’d make anyone homesick for their mother’s cooking.

 

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Where do you head to when you’re craving octopus?

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