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Sciacca Grill - IMG_2499 (1)

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...

 
 
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La Vela - November 2014 -DSCN4422 (15)
La Vela - November 2014 -DSCN4422 (15)
 

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...

 
 
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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; .

 
 
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Caviar & Bull December 2014 - DSCN4504 (9)
Caviar & Bull December 2014 - DSCN4504 (9)
 

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...

 
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Pintonino Paella November 2014 -DSCN4402 (5)
Pintonino Paella November 2014 -DSCN4402 (5)

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...

 
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L'Agape Restaurant -  - DSCN4218 (18)
L'Agape Restaurant -  - DSCN4218 (18)

  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...

 
 
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Ali-Baba-Restaurant Front.
Ali-Baba-Restaurant Front.
Ali-Baba-Restaurant Front.
 

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...

 
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Merkanti DSCN3963
Merkanti DSCN3963

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...

 
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The 5th edition of the WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, the 23rd of January, 2017 at the Portomaso Suite, Hilton Malta. This was once again a major success with over 65 restaurants and hotels participating with around 300 guests. The WRMC's Commercial Partners and Sponsors for this event were: CasaVini of Fgura, Malta with: Cantine Piera Martellozzo of Friuli, Italy. Tenuta Ulisse SPA of Abruzzo, Italy. P.J. Sutters (Marketing) Ltd with: Aviko of the Netherlands; Latteria Siciliana Zappala; Maestrella. Maypole Ltd., Charles Grech Ltd with: San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna fine table water. Valletta Cruise Port plc             Valletta Cruise Port plc:        Mr. Carmelo Debono Chairman of Maypole Ltd., being conferred with the 2017 WRMC Hall of Fame - L...

 
 
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Great wines 2
Great wines 2
Great wines 2
 

A Wine Professional’s Notes

 
 
 
 
 
 
September 29, 2014
 



  A Wine Professional's Notes - It is easy to become a wine professional with a bit of study. By: Reno Spiteri, BBA., CCTP., ACWP., Dip.Marketing    It is not the first time, that I happen to be entertaining guests at a restaurant, or giving advice to someone about wine selections for a private occasion, and even sometimes when one happens to strike a conversation with a restaurateur, or even overhears someone ordering a wine, that as far as they know wine falls just under two categories. It's either Red or White (or in more incongruous and daft situations, someone might also add another category - Rose D'Anjou - yes that's correct not just Rose', but you read well, Rose D'Anjou!). One has to sympathize with such a mentality or lack of knowledge, because the subject of wine is a vast and intricate one, but also one that has its rewards in the enjoyment of this exquisite beverage, especially if one knows what he is on abou...