Best Restaurants in Malta
Like many Mediterranean communities, Malta has seen influences from all over the world. Over the years, these influences and desire to taste the world have affected the culinary scene in Malta. While some restaurants have been hosting guests for well over 40 years with great success, many new restaurants have made their appearance and are following suit with original and exciting menus. From fusion to molecular, and traditional Mediterranean, here are our top 5 picks of the Maltese restaurant scene.
Top 5 Restaurants in Malta
Zest: Malta’s Ultimate Fusion Restaurant
Part of Hotel Juliani, Zest Restaurant has been stirring up the fusion food scene in Malta since it opened in 2002. Leading the way in Asian fusion, Zest takes advantage of the surrounding waters of Malta and fresh seafood offering an open Japanese sushi bar where restaurant guests can witness the whole process. But it doesn’t stop there. Rich Southeast Asian flavors dominate the menu from various curries and the renowned Indonesian beef rendang. From Thailand and Japan to Singapore and Indonesia, Zest’s food menu is a gastronomic travel experience in itself. Excellent food must be accompanied by an atmosphere of the same level. Zest offers just that in the form of an open-air terrace overlooking Spinola Bay, where you can enjoy not only great food but the mild Mediterranean air as well.
Paranga Intercontinental: Italian Riviera-inspired Dinner with a View
Classic, clean Mediterranean vibes are present at the Paranga Intercontinental seaside restaurant. The marine setting overlooking St. George’s Bay goes hand in hand with chef Claudio Farrugia’s menu, where freshness dominates over everything. Highly inspired by Italian Riviera, the menu offers a wide selection of carpaccio and antipasti appetizers and then dives into a flavorsome seafood starter and mains selection. For instance, from beautiful simplicity in Paccheri all’Uovo freschi alla Marinara that consists of freshly made large tube pasta in fresh tomato sauce with oregano and basil to Scialatielli all’Uovo alla Norcina con Vellutata di Burrata which features classic Umbrian sausage. This really is as good as it gets outside of Italy. Furthermore, the dessert menu features a fantastic and less often seen white chocolate soufflé. This year, Paranga Intercontinental won the “Best Service & Hospitality” award in Malta.
Caviar & Bull: Molecular Gastronomy, World’s Best Beef, and Seafront Cocktails
In recent years, one of the leading players in contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in Malta has been Caviar & Bull. Beautifully fresh local ingredients meet with some of the most luxurious culinary wonders of the world like the supreme Wagyu beef renowned for its marbling. Marvin Gauci‘s name has figured in the Maltese food scene for years and he created the concept of Caviar & Bull in 2014. Since then this haute cuisine restaurant has offered impeccable dining experience as well as the opportunity to enjoy molecular gastronomy and the finest seafront cocktails. Some dishes that simply cannot be missed at Caviar & Beef are the aforementioned Wagyu beef carpaccio, 200 degrees flash seared foie gras and chef Gauci’s signature lobster popcorn.
one80: Stylish, Relaxed with Tremendous Views
Surely, if the first thing you hear when talking about a restaurant is the view, you might wonder – how good is the food? Well, one80 has hit the nail on the head with this one since both aspects are on point. Nestled between Mellieha center and the largest sandy beach on the island Mellieha Bay, one80 enjoys 180-degree views of the nearby parish church on the top of the hill to the beach and some lush foliage in between. Perfect for everything from lunches to lounging to late dinners, one80 has a vast menu satisfying both regular and vegan requirements. The appetizer menu boasts selections perfect for sharing between family and friends while the mains have some amazing meat dishes like herb-crusted lamb, chateaubriand beef, and fresh line-caught Mediterranean fish.
Barracuda: Malta’s Fine Dining Legend
Established in 1978, Barracuda Restaurant is certainly a Maltese fine dining legend. Located in a carefully restored 18th-century villa overlooking Balluta and Spinola Bay, Barracuda is acclaimed both locally and internationally. As the name suggests the menu proudly offers an excellent seafood selection. Lightly smoked Barracuda carpaccio and blackberry and beetroot stained salmon ceviche are enticing appetizers that will leave you wanting more. There’s also a great selection of dry-aged meats from T bone to Aberdeen Angus, Iberian pork, and even wild boar loin. No dish arriving at your table will leave you uninspired. Impeccable presentation and service are at the very cornerstone of this establishment. The incredibly broad wine selection from all over the world will satisfy any wine aficionado.