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The Valletta Waterfront is Malta's foremost entertainment and leisure venue offering eleven dining establishment within an enclosed pedestrianised zone, in 18th century baroque splendour, and the most beautiful views of the Grand harbour and its environs. If there was ever a fully complete entertainment and leisure venue that offers not only a marvellous ambience with great views of Malta's unique Grand Harbour and scenic views of some state-of-the- art cruise liners which mesmerise not just us grownups but children as well, this has to be the Valletta Waterfront. Excellent in concept and in execution, and operated and managed by Valletta Cruise Port plc, the Valletta Waterfront, provides the ultimate in al fresco dining pleasure for Malta's excellent Summer evenings. The ten fully independent, and individually managed restaurants at this location offer both al fresco as well as indoors, air-conditioned comfort, for all to enj...

 
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  Restaurants visited during June, 2014 - 12 restaurants visited and reported upon. With reference to  the restaurants that we have visited in June 2014, we have already published a feature about our Summer sojourn in Gozo  in which reviews on: L'Ortolan; Il-Gardina Al Fresco Restaurant; Il-Baldakkin Bistro and Lounge; and Trattoria San Lawrenz; all of which are situated at the Kempinsli Hotel San Lawrenz; as well as reviews on Chez Amand at Qbajjar, Marsalforn; Porto Vecchio in Mgarr, Gozo; and a mention on Kozmo in Victoria were published.  In Malta we had also visited and published separate reviews on this website on Il-Wejla Restaurant at Smart City, Malta; and New Madras Indian Restaurant at Bugibba. Readers are invited to go directly to the relevant page on this website by clicking on "Restaurants" to see the full reviews on these establishments.           Other restaurants ...

 
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  Summer,  long-weekend-break, in Gozo. Thursday, 26th to Monday 30th June, 2014.  Every so often, like everyone else I would think, I feel in need of some peace  and quiet , and rather than join the Summer maddening crowds at Luqa airport to fly to destinations far and away, to meet more maddening crowds, we decide to spend a few days, in Gozo. Not that Gozo is the quiet, peaceful and tranquil place, that it was, 30, 20, or even 10 years ago, but it is still more restful than Malta, if one picks the right places to go to. Victoria, has become an extremely busy place, with an acute shortage of parking spaces, with vehicles of all sorts and make, going round and round the central part of the city, vying and in search for,  that elusive space. In any case, Victoria is never our place of choice for a stay in Gozo, and we booked a room for four nights at one of our usual haunts, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz . At the Kempins...

 
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The Summer's Hottest 10 Al Fresco Restaurants in the Maltese Islands - 3: The Villa Brasserie  in Balluta Bay, St. Julians. Our third ,  al fresco, Summer restaurant destination in this series is  located in Balluta Bay, St. Julian's, Malta, and offers al fresco dining on one of the most beautiful terraces  which were once part of a prestigious  19th century  Villa,  which was built in a period when prestige and high taste were the norm among Malta's elite, and although privately operated it is now part of one of the Island's foremost branded, five-star hotels. The Villa Brasserie terraces enjoy fantastic open views of Balluta Bay and its environs, guaranteeing fresh balmy breezes from the sea  to enhance one's dining experience at this venue. The terraces at The Villa boast a fantastic dining area, with an adjoining al fresco lounge and a well appointed bar to make a complete dining occasion.      The Plac...

 
 
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WEJLA by Tartarun at Smart City, Malta.

 
 
 
 
 
 
June 23, 2014
 



  Wejla by Tartarun  -  Sunday lunch 22nd June, 2014.  Wejla by Tartarun is one of the first three restaurants that have opened their doors to the general public at Smart City, Kalkara, Malta. Recently opened and launched in April of this year, Wejla run by the Schiavone family who are also the operators and owners of Tartarun Restaurant in Marsaxlokk, was designed and furbished to high quality standards from the very start, offering high standard cuisine listed in a short but very select menu. The restaurant lends itself well for business lunches, romantic dinners in a new and avant-garde setting, as well as for an up-market family lunch on Sundays. The menu at Welja is not overtly large, in fact James  and Stephen Schiavone, have selected the best dishes of Tartarun and introduced at Wejla namely;  A  selection of nine antipasti - Oysters au Naturel; Meagre gravalax; and deep Fried Anchovies Black mussels;  etc;  followed...

 
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Our second,  al fresco, Summer restaurant destination in this series is also located on the island of Gozo, and in contrast to the normal terraces this venue offers dining in the lush gardens of Gozo's foremost branded, five-star hotel.      The Place: Il - Gardina Garden Restaurant Location:   Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Triq Ir-Rokon, San Lawrenz, Gozo. Operators:  Kempinski International Hotels . Cuisine: Mediterranean, BBQ, Grill; Fish & Seafood.  Why:  Il-Gardina Garden Restaurant is the newest addition to the restaurants at the outstanding, five-star, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, in Gozo. The official launching of this al fresco, top class, Summer dining venue, is going to take place on Friday, the 27th of June, 2014.    Overlooking the lush and expansive gardens of the hotel, this casual, open-air restaurant serves  gourmet dishes that would satisfy the most discerning diner, and at th...

 
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 The Summer's Hottest 10 Restaurants in the Maltese Islands - Feature No.1. Before you  decide to jet off to your favourite sunny summer destination, and give up eating inside restaurants for the summer months, we are endeavouring to introduce you the ten or so, hottest Summer restaurants around the Maltese Islands. Restaurants to see and be seen in, this summer. The term "hottest" in this context might be a misnomer, as diners, in Summer look for that al fresco, most romantic location, offering a magnificent  ambience and atmosphere, with breathtaking views, outstanding cuisine and service, under the stars of the Maltese Islands' balmy evenings.  Our first,  al fresco, Summer restaurant destination in this series is located on the island of Gozo, and offers one of the foremost and best terraces for this restaurant concept.      The Place: Porto Vecchio Ristorante e Vinoteca Location:   Martino Garzes S...

 
 
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New Madras Indian Restaurant-Bugibba

 
 
 
 
 
 
June 5, 2014
 



  Indian Cuisine dinner at New Madras Indian Restaurant - Bugibba, Wednesday, 4th June, 2014. Indian restaurants in Malta are becoming very popular, but it is not that easy to discover an establishment or two that would not diverge from the authenticity of this cuisine, which comes from vast selections from the hundreds of regions that together make this huge nation of  1.27 billion people.  New Madras restaurant, which incidentally has been for some ten years in Gandoffli Street, Bugibba, next door to Venus Restaurant, another top notch, WRMC Blue Riband restaurant, is operated by an Indian family who originated from Madras, therefore the food, spices, condiments and influence is centered around this region. Vellai Chamy Muthuraman the Chef-Patron has vast experience in this cuisine, having worked all his life in restaurants in India as well as overseas, which included some years as senior chef with Emirates Airlines Onboa...

 
 
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  Round-Up of Restaurants visited in May, 2014.  San Andrea Restaurant, Rabat, Malta. Dinner at San Andrea restaurant - Palazzo Castelletti , Rabat, Malta - Friday, 2nd May, 2014. Rating 9/10 - Full review can be viewed directly by logging-in on http://winesandrestaurantsofmalta.com/restaurant/san-andrea-restaurant-at-palazzo-castelletti/     ******************************************************************************** Pepe Nero, Valletta Waterfront. Light dinner with friends.             ***************************************************************************** Waterbiscuit - InterContinental Hotel, St. Julians. Concise review on our Facebook Group's wall - log-in on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10152029589321260&type=1 Rating: 8.5/10 -      *************************...

 
 
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Dinner at Paranga Restaurant, St.Julians.

 
 
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2014
 



Dinner at Paranga Restaurant St. Julians - Wednesday, 14th May, 2014. Being established restaurant reviewers  and consequently our dining out habits are much more frequent and well above the average, it is always a pleasure as well as a surprise to go to a restaurant to which we would not have gone before, and to have our expectations of the food served and the service exceeded.   Paranga Restaurant, which forms part of the InterContinental Hotel's beach club at St. George's Bay, had been on our sights for a review for some time,  and finally decided to make a reservation for mid-week, thinking that it might be a quiet evening, something on which we were pleasantly mistaken, as the establishment was nearly fully booked for the evening.   We arrived at the restaurant just after 20.00, and were greeted a reception by Mattheo Biagini the Italian Maitre D' , who after offering us a welcome prosecco, led u...