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A Gourmet dinner for Gourmands

February 19, 2015

Gourmet Gala Dinner for Gourmands. Portomaso Suite -Hilton Malta - Monday 26th January, 2015. The Hilton Malta  Kitchen Brigade responsible for the preparation of the cuisine. Set-Up of the Portomaso Suite for the WRMC Gala Dinner. The menu.                 The courses served.  Confit of Duck Leg Beignet with aniseed pumpkin purée; Wine: Vino Dei Poeti Prosecco; CaramelisedQuail Breast on a rabbit and foie grass tart, shallots passion fruit dressing; Wine: Domaine Rue Pere' et Fils Chablis;         Cappuccino of Wild Mushroom confit of pork, roasted spicy pistachio, truffle oil; Wine: Domaine Rue Pere' et Fils Chablis;         Slow Cooked Fillet of Beef mushroom nut chevrie cheese crust, asparagus dauphinoise, sage truffle buttered garden vegetables, sauce poivrade ; Wine: Domaine...


Wine Faults.

February 13, 2015

So what do you know about wine faults? Wine Faults: By: Reno Spiteri, BBA (Mngt)., Dip.M., ACWP.   There are a considerable number of wine faults and flaws which are common knowledge, such as oxidation, cork taint often referred to as corked wine, heat damage due to bad storage, etc. There are also many obscure faults that are dealt with in textbooks, and which may be found in home-made wines, but which are not common in mainstream commercial wines. Here, I shall endeavour to name some of the most important flaws and faults that might occur in wine not only during the production stage, that is, after the grapes had been harvested, but even slightly before, when the grapes are still on the vine. The main faults, but, do occur and develop during the production stage, and some even in the bottle.     Varietal Character or Fault: Hydrogen Sulphide; Sulphides and Marcaptans. Hydrogen sulphide formation, w...


Dinner at Sciacca Grill, Valletta. Friday, 9th January, 2015. It is great to note that various restaurateurs are opting to open new establishment embodying the new concept of "premiumised informality", catering for up-market clients  serving excellent cuisine, with very good service, in comfortable surroundings yet projecting that aura of relaxation rather than the old fashioned stiffness that used to be associated with full-on, fine dining restaurants. Such restaurants that have come on line during 2014 were: Wejla By Tartarun at Smart City; Caviar & Bull at the Corinthia St. George's Bay complex, St. Julians; Acqua Terra e Mare at Portomaso, Fork and Cork in Rabat, Malta, and last but not least Sciacca Grill at Valletta. These restaurants have all been visited and all have exceeded expectations. It does seem that the current debate whether or not one should opt to go up-market rather than to continue to provide just mass...


Round-Up of Restaurants visited in December, 2014

January 11, 2015

Restaurants visited and reviewed in December, 2014. Dinner at Fork & Cork Restaurants - Rabat, Malta. When we titled this review "New kid on the block", we did not want to imply that the Chef-Patron who is running this establishment was someone new on the culinary scene in Malta, but simply to introduce one of the newest restaurant openings which is Fork & Cork Restaurant at Saqqajja Hill, rabalt, Malta. In fact, Carl Zahra, after completing his courses at ITS, he cut his teeth in the practical culinary sphere with Daniel and Andrew Debattista at Rebekkah's Restaurant, when these two brothers were operating it, then Corinthia St. George's Bay where he was the Chef at Grill 3301, and after this latter restaurant closed and passed to new operators sometime in April this year, Carl decided to give a go on his own and Fork & Cork was born. This establishment has only been in operation about two months, but has already att...


2015 WRMC Awards Commercial Partners & Sponsors.

December 23, 2014

The 2016 WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards Commercial Partners and Sponsors. Top row: Reno Spiteri - WRMC Executive Director with: Mr. Joe Rapa and Mr, Derek Vassallo of P.J.Sutters (Marketing) Ltd. Bottom Row: With Mr. Stephen Xuereb CEO of Valletta Cruise Port; .


Caviar and Bull Restaurant, St.Julian’s.

December 14, 2014

Dinner at Caviar & Bull Restaurant - Corinthia St. George's Bay Complex, St. Julian's.  Friday, 12th December, 2014.  It was a veritable surprise for us when at the beginning of this year, we came to know that one of our favourite restaurants and a WRMC Silver Spoon Restaurant to boot, viz: Grill 3301 was being closed down. The restaurant had always prided itself through excellent cuisine, and highly trained staff. The ambience of the place with open views of the Dragonara Casino by night was phenomenal. Having said this, we were more than pleasantly surprised to come to know, that this property was being taken over by no other than Marvin Gauci of Tarragon. The place was opened in May, of this year under the new name of CAVIAR & BULL. Coping with two, top class restaurants is no mean feat for anyone, and we were on tenterhooks to see how this was going to work out, knowing Marvin's passion for culinary adventure and q...


The Tabloid Restaurant at The Palace Hotel, Sliema. Sunday lunch at The Tabloid Restaurant  - Sunday, 9th November, 2014. The Sunday buffet lunches for the present season have well and truly  taken off in style since the first week of October as these seem to be well sought after by the Maltese public.  Competition is harsh, and every establishment I'm sure endeavours to give better quality as well as different innovative cuisine offerings from one year to the next. Last Sunday we enjoyed a good buffet lunch at The Tabloid at The Palace Hotel in Sliema. The restaurant was massively fully booked both in the restaurant as well as in the annexed hall, and even a larger table was specially set-up in the adjacent "Talk of the Town Cafe". Food stations were set-up in two locations to cater for both halls with antipasti stations; a Lebanese food station and Asian station; soup and pasta stations; children's corner; carvery with ro...


  Round-Up of restaurants visited in October, 2014 Lunch at Cardini Pizza, Pasta, Grill Restaurant, Sliema. Wednesday, 1st October, 2014. Cardini Restaurant on Tower Road, Sliema, has for some time been one of our favourite restaurants when we happen to be in the area. We've been a number of times for lunch, which is a quieter time weekdays than during the weekend, but the place is normally quite well attended in the evenings. The menu gives a range of pizza which are very large; good portions of pasta dishes which can be taken as starters or main courses; antipasti; grill; and fresh fish which is delivered daily. Portions are normally very large, with massive side servings of freshly fried chips; roast potatoes, vegetables in season and fresh salad with all main courses of fish and/or meat, all included in the menu price of the main. A daily specials menu is also made available with whatever is found fresh on the day...


Ali Baba Lebanese Restaurant – Gzira.

October 17, 2014

Dinner at Ali Baba Restaurant, Gzira Wednesday, 15th October, 2014. Ethnic restaurant such as Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, various other combined Asian,  Moroccan and other Arabic cuisine restaurants, etc., have always been operated in Malta under one form or another, as happens always, most simply cater for local tastes rather than projecting the authentic, ethnic cuisine, with choice of the freshest ingredients  which depict the mother country, and which would, for a couple of hours transport the diner to that far away place through the authenticity of the cuisine, its flavours and taste. We were very pleasantly surprised last Wednesday, when we paid a visit to Ali Baba Restaurant in Ponsonby Street, Sliema.  This restaurant has been serving  genuine Lebanese food for over twenty-five years, having been  originally opened by Abdul Rahman Harb back in 1987, serving traditional couscous and other Lebanese staples, prepared...


Round-up of restaurants visited in September, 2014.  Merkanti Bistro at the Hilton  - 18th September. A very good six course tasting menu, comprised of: Three starter courses as shown in the photographs, served to each diner at our table;               Main Course: Fresh tuna steak, pan seared and finished as ordered by each diner; Pre dinner dessert; Choice of dessert:           It goes without saying that this excellent dinner was complemented by appropriate wine, water, espressos and complementary liqueurs.   **************************************************   Dinner at Zest Restaurant - Hotel Juliani, St. Julians. Friday, 19th September, 2014. Asian style dinner at the restaurant at which east meets west in food as well as in style. Zest Restaurant is another of our regular restaurant...