Valletta, located a stone’s throw away from The Phoenicia Malta, is the Maltese Capital City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only is it rich in culture, but it is also brimming with restaurants and bars.
Food lovers worldwide can understand the disappointment of an underwhelming meal, especially when on holiday and dining opportunities are limited. Hence, today’s blog lends a hand by recommending 6 delightful restaurants for you to enjoy during your trip to Malta.
We kick off the list with Michelin-starred restaurant Noni, led by siblings Jonathan and Ritienne Brincat. Noni offers a fine dining experience that is set in a warm and informal atmosphere, where great food meets exceptional service. Their food blends traditional dishes and techniques with the influences of our mercantile culture. Noni takes an imaginative approach to eating, but without too much fuss and frill.
Rubino is another family run restaurant, known for its local and Mediterranean dishes. Having opened in 1906 as a Sicilian confectionery in Valletta, brothers Karl and Michael Diacono were presented with the possibility of taking over the outlet back in 2008. Since then, Rubino has grown to be one of the most popular restaurants in Valletta among people looking for quality local cuisine set in a casual environment.
With tiled floors and brick arches, this is an intimate cellar wine bar, serving Maltese tapas-style food alongside a fine list of tipples. The name means ‘glug’ in Maltese, which is an apt choice of name for such premises. Dinner includes a fixed menu of up to nine small dishes. Despite the set-menu, any dietary requirements are accommodated with warm service and a smile.
A relatively new food outlet to Valletta, AKI is a contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge bar situated in the heart of the city. The menu offers a vast range of options, from sushi and mini tacos to robata-style selections. The service is quick and attentive, whilst the décor is stylish and features an open kitchen. It is worth mentioning that tables are allocated slots, with groups of 2 having a total of 90 minutes. This arrangement might not be ideal for someone looking to make an evening of it, however it might be suitable for a quick bite whilst exploring the city.
5. No. 43
For all our health-conscious readers, we have the perfect place for you! No. 43 on Merchant’s Street is a café serving fresh sandwiches and an array of colourful and tasty salads. These are changed daily and prepared according to the chef’s inspiration of the day. Select your favourite salad or mix a few, the choice is yours. Sit down and enjoy your meal in the middle of the vibrant pedestrian street or take it home to properly savour all the lovely flavours.
6. Phoenix Restaurant
Located within the iconic Phoenicia Malta, Phoenix Restaurant is the ideal place for a meal, be it hearty breakfast, scrumptious lunch, or elegant dinner. Additionally, over the weekend the outlet offers a bottomless Sparkling Brunch, which has proven to be extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. Take a seat inside and admire the chic colonial décor and beautiful flower arrangements, or request a table on the spacious outdoor terrace, which affords spectacular panoramic views overlooking landscaped gardens, historic bastions and the Marsamxett harbour. Either way, expect exceptional service, a refined atmosphere, and an extraordinary menu.