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Round-Up of Restaurants visited in November 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
 
December 8, 2015
 



Dinner at SaReGaMa Indian Restaurant - Fortina Tigne. Sunday, 8th November, 2015. These last two weeks seem to have been devoted to a selection of local or ethnic, but traditionally authentic restaurants, serving food from the mother country. We visited Ali Baba Lebanese Cuisine restaurant of Gzira; Nenu the Artisan Baker for traditional Maltese food at Valletta, and finally last weekend we paid a visit to SaReGaMa Indian Restaurant at the Fortina - Tigne. SaRegama is one restaurant in this location which has kept up its standards throughout the years that it has been running. Passionately run and managed by Renald Bugeja and Amit the place has over time became a highly sought after Indian restaurant by locals and visitors to our Island. New revamped menu offering various Indian speciality dishes from various regions, as well as at various spiciness, textures and flavours as the client might prefer. Ordered: Two portio...

 
 
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Round-Up of Restaurants visited in October, 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
November 10, 2015
 



Round-Up of Restaurants visited in October, 2015.  Dinner at The Villa Brasserie - St. Julian's. Thursday, 1st October, 2015. We've been to The Villa Brasserie on various occasions in the last five years since this place was taken over by Chef Chris Hammet, and it has become established as one of the more frequented places especially with visiting food lovers to our Island. For a Thursday evening, in which a full scale storm was in progress, this place was full of patrons enjoying the food and a good bottle of wine inside the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant. An advantage of this place is that parking is a cinch in the adjoining hotel parking which takes you right to the door of the restaurant without having to venture out in the rain. Parking is free for diners in any case. Seated at our reserved table, ordered a glass of Prosecco to wind down after negotiating the flooded roads from Marsascala to St.Julians. Ordered tw...

 
 
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ROUND-UP OF RESTAURANTS VISITED IN SEPTEMBER 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
 
October 26, 2015
 



Dinner at Commando Restaurant, Mellieha. Saturday, 19th September, 2015. This year we have visited a good number of restaurants around Malta and Gozo, some which we would have visited before, and others that we would have decided to give a try, probably because they would have been newly opened, or even long established which might have been refurbished, re-organised, changed owners or chefs, or whatever. Having said this, and through our sheer experience of the holistic , local restaurant industry, comprising of: restaurants, operators, chefs, restaurant and front-of-house managers, food and beverage managers, locations, seasonality, supply sources, etc., one tends to build a resume' of restaurants that are consistent year-in year-out in quality cuisine and service, and the best chefs who always come out with that particular individual creativity in food preparation and presentation, with an emphasis on what is seasonal, local ...

 
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ROUND-UP OF RESTAURANTS VISITED IN AUGUST 2015. Dinner at Sepia Restaurant, Marsascala. Wednesday, 5th August, 2015. It is great to discover a new restaurant from time to time, which exceeds your expectations in all respects, great food, nice presentations, good service and very good value for money. Sepia Restaurant of Triq Sant Antnin, Marsascala, has only been open since December of last year, just eight months to-date, and it seems that Chef Jonathan Vassallo is gradually establishing it as a destination restaurant, but one which is relaxed and casual, offering cuisine using seasonal, fresh and local ingredients where appropriate. The place is not a huge affair, having a seating capacity of just 30 covers, but this might be another feather in its cap, as it is quiet and unobtrusive. Pleasantly furnished, and with a good air-conditioning system in this heat, the establishment is certainly one that we shall be visiting aga...

 
 
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Round-Up of Restaurants visited in July 2015

 
 
 
 
 
 
August 24, 2015
 



ROUND-UP OF RESTAURANTS VISITED IN JULY, 2015. Dinner at Gate of India - Indian Restaurant - St. Paul's Bay. Friday, 24th July, 2015. Gate of India by Ghosh - Indian Restaurant, opened its doors to the general public in September of 2014, and has since established itself as one of the best Indian restaurants in Malta, serving selections of authentic cuisine mainly oriented from North India, but also with some East India influence, cooked and prepared traditionally by Indian Chefs and hands-on Indian manager and host who introduced himself as Ghosh, and who has been in the industry in Malta since 1995. North Indian States include: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, so food presentations might depend on the Chef's original domicile, and might vary from restaurant to restaurant. The style of food consist of curries that usuall...

 
 
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Pintonino Restaurant -Valletta Waterfront

 
 
 
 
 
 
August 6, 2015
 



Pintonino Restaurant at the Valletta Waterfront.   [caption id="attachment_5804" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Charles DeManuele and Natasha Tonna of Pintonino receiving the WRMC 2015 Blue Riband Award conferred on the Top 30 Restaurants in the Maltese Islands.[/caption] We have been frequenting Pintonino Restaurant at the Valletta Waterfront for a number of years as regular patrons. This has not come about lightly, as we are extremely particular about our choice of restaurants, especially those that we tend to consider an escape from the mediocrity that we sometimes see around us, and especially those that we select to be featured in the WRMC Gourmet Network. Only the very best make it to this network, as it is our responsibility and obligation to recommend  only the best of the very best restaurants to our members. Pintonino run by Chef Charles DeManuele, is one of those establishments where seasonal, local and fres...

 
 
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Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant - Valletta Waterfront. One of the very best Chinese restaurants in the Maltese Islands.  We have been regular clients at this restaurant for a number of years, and have seen Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant improve year by year, in all respects:  An excellently furnished and kept restaurant; Very good hands-on service by the owners;   Outstanding Cantonese style cuisine, which lately have been elevated to fine-dining status, yet in a very up-scale casual dining format. This restaurant has been awarded the WRMC Blue Riband award as one of the top 30 Restaurants in the Maltese Islands as well as the WRMC Award for the Best ethnic -Chines Restaurant at the Valletta Waterfront during the WRMC awards ceremony in January, 2015.   The newly compiled menu, introducing various healthy dining dishes, as well as keeping various old-favourites, which have also been elevated in quality, have come ...

 
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Round-Up of Restaurants visited and reviewed in June 2015.   Lunch at Qbajjar Restaurant,  Marsalforn/Zebbug- Saturday, 27th June,2015. When we spend a weekend in Gozo, we invariably stay either in a penthouse belonging to a friend of ours at Qbajjar, just in front of the Chez Amand Restaurant, or in one of the hotels. This time we stayed at Qbajjar, and as my good friend Chef Amand Verraneman and his daughter Caroline, no longer run Chez Amand, we tried out the neighbouring establishment to it, Qbajjar Restaurant. We were actually surprised at the quality of the service and the food, and like many others it seems, we were not disappointed to have done so. The restaurant's menu is quite detailed and caters for all tastes and pockets, and include selections of: Hot and cold starters; various salads; soups; fresh pasta dishes; risotto dishes; meat and fresh fish; and of course selections of some ten pizzas. Home-ma...

 
 
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The WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards are the ultimate in quality recognition as they are conferred after professional adjudication and assessments by the WRMC survey and review teams. Selected restaurants would have been short-listed from among over 120 restaurants inspected during the preceding year. Restaurants are not obliged to pay any fees or to take up, and/or pay for any advertising to be assessed. The WRMC inspects restaurants at will, and only those that demonstrate the utmost in quality will be shortlisted, let alone be finally considered for an award. If an award, is applied for, and paid for through fees, or the commissioning of adverts, this in our opinion would be a purchased token, and not an award  conferred on sheer merit through professional  assessments.   WRMC assesses and adjudicates restaurants on: Ambience; Atmosphere; Cleanliness; Management; Service staff attitude, smartness, profici...

 
 
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Sunday lunch at Brown's - Valletta Waterfront. Sunday, 7th May, 2015. Sunday lunches shall soon come to an end with the start of Summer.  According to some restaurateurs, Father's Day on the 21st of June, will signal the start of Summer, hot weather which will make dining outside unbearable at lunch time, and still warm inside even with the AC on,  and people starting to enjoy  the sea, therefore  a drastic reduction in lunch time trade will be experienced. This was not so yesterday, Sunday 7th May, at the Valletta Waterfront, where all restaurants of whatever genre and concept, were enjoying a thriving trade.  Good luck to all, it goes to show that competition creates quality, which in the end results in good business and tangible rewards. Naturally,  this seasonal change in business trends will be translate into a larger business  move in dinner trade throughout the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, as well as on weekdays when ...