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The Phoenix Restaurant wins the coveted Colin Best award ‘For the Most Consistently Outstanding Restaurant in Malta & Gozo’

The Phoenicia Malta’s The Phoenix Restaurant wins the coveted Colin Best award ‘For the Most Consistently Outstanding Restaurant in Malta & Gozo’.

The 2020 Definitively Good Guide Restaurant Awards announced on the 9th December at the Restaurant Awards Ceremony Gala Dinner are the result of the 2019 Malta and Gozo Restaurant Survey and included awards for the flagship eatery at The Phoenicia Malta, The Phoenix Restaurant, as well as awards for Café Phoenicia. The awards singled out the 150 highest-rated restaurants in Malta and Gozo from over 3000 restaurants on the Maltese Islands, with both The Phoenix Restaurant and Café Phoenicia placed within the top tier of less than 40 restaurants.

The Phoenix Restaurant won the coveted Colin Best award ‘For the Most Consistently Outstanding Restaurant in Malta & Gozo’ for 2019/2020. The late Colin Best, co-founder of the Definitively Good Guide to Restaurants together with Lisa Grech, realised 20 years ago that an objective restaurant guide was required. Having researched the best formula for Malta, it was decided that a survey-based restaurant guide was the way forward, since restaurants would be rated by their patrons.

The Phoenix Restaurant sports a magnificent dining room and stunning terrace enjoying delightful garden views all the way to Marsamxett Harbour. The culinary feats of the award-winning brigade of chefs are under the steady hand of Executive Chef Daniel Debattista whose food philosophy is based on serving dishes bursting with natural flavours is the basis on which this flagship restaurant has achieved the distinction of securing the Colin Best award ‘For the Most Consistently Outstanding Restaurant In Malta & Gozo’. Locally sourced ingredients coupled to an acre of Kitchen Garden in the expansive grounds of The Phoenicia Malta means that dishes served at The Phoenix Restaurant are full of freshness.

Sister outlet, Café Phoenicia, was voted amongst the Top 40 Restaurants in Malta and Gozo for the first time in a hotly contested category, adding another prestigious award to the growing list of awards won by Malta’s only Leading Hotels of the World member. The chic, cosmopolitan and casual Café Phoenicia features exquisite dining in a relaxed atmosphere, a local favourite designed to be enjoyed with family and friends. Café Phoenicia offers a slice of the Mediterranean both from its menu and surroundings.

The Guide, which is now entering its twentieth year of publication, is now established as Malta’s foremost publication for lovers of good food. It is based on the reports and comments of regular restaurant goers who rate venues according to food, service and ambience. Awards are based on the highest rated overall, and in the individual Food, Service and Ambience categories, taking into account the number of people rating them, value for money, comments and other data from the survey.

The Phoenicia Malta’s General Manager Brice Kemper said: “I am very proud of the kitchen and restaurant teams led by Daniel and Silvan. The Colin Best Award is a reflection of their hard work and dedication in making The Phoenix Restaurant one of the great dining options in Malta.”

Silvan Camilleri, the hotel’s Food and Beverage Manager said: “We are delighted to have secured these awards, especially The Phoenix Restaurant being recognised as The Most Consistently Outstanding Restaurant in Malta and Gozo. Full credit goes to our dynamic team whose main objective is to create memorable experiences for our valued guests. Such awards can only motivate us to continue working even harder to achieve these positive results.”

Executive Chef Daniel Debattista said: “We only use the best ingredients in our dishes which are thoughtfully chosen based on my experience over the years in the culinary business. All the team at The Phoenix Restaurant deserve this award and we are all looking forward to sharing with The Phoenix Restaurant’s guests our interpretation of truly flavourful and healthy Mediterranean cuisine.”

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