Scoglitti Restaurant, Valletta.

 
 
Overview
 

Purpose of Visit: Restaurant assessment and review.
 
 
Cuisine quality
 
 
 
 
 


 
Ambience
 
 
 
 
 


 
Atmosphere
 
 
 
 
 


 
Preparation
 
 
 
 
 


 
Presentation
 
 
 
 
 


 
Service
 
 
 
 
 


 
Wine and beverages
 
 
 
 
 


 
Value for money
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
5/ 5


 

Positives


A very good up-market fish and seafood restaurant. Outstanding in all respects. Overall Rating: 9/10+


Bottom Line

Scoglitti Restaurant has been on the cards for a visit since it opened some three years ago. The restaurant is primarily a fresh fish and seafood establishment being owned by entrepreneurs in the fishing and fish trade, therefore fresh fish and seafood are never short or missin

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Scoglitti Restaurant – Valletta.

Sunday lunch – 19th March, 2017.

 

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Scoglitti Restaurant has been on the cards for a visit since it opened some three years ago. Situated in Boat Street, Valletta, underneath the bastions on the Marsamxett Harbour side, and directly facing Sliema across the harbour. Easy to be reached by ferry from Sliema as it stops directly alongside the restaurant a few metres away, as well as by car through Great Siege Road, Floriana or Marsamxett Road, Valletta.

The restaurant is primarily a fresh fish and seafood establishment being owned by entrepreneurs in the fishing and fish trade, therefore fresh fish and seafood are never short or missing. This makes this place highly sought after by connoisseurs of Mediterranean and Sicilian cuisine. Exceptionally well-staffed by trained serving staff, led and supervised by Floren Sultana, the restaurant manager/owner, service was efficient and effortless even though the restaurant was full. The executive chef is  Sig. Giaginto Licastri  who gives the cuisine that authentic Sicilian flavour which is so popular with the Maltese and visitors alike.

 

Food ordered:

Once we have seen the fish display underneath a glassed-in dome, we immediately went for a selection of the fish as mains, preceded by selections of crudo and warm antipasti – antipasti de la casa.

We were seated at our reserved table,( it is very advisable to book in advance at this establishment), menus and wine list were presented and simply scanned over as our minds were already made.

A freshly made bruschetta amuse bouche was served and a chilled Greco di Tufo was brought over and poured.

 

Starters:

The first serving was the fish crudo consisting of king prawns and large langoustine, and a second platter of tuna, swordfish and prawn carpaccio simply marinated with lemon juice. The fresh sea taste was overwhelming.

The warm seafood antipasti de la casa were next –

Neonati fritters and cuttle fish nero di sepia rice balls; octopus in garlic withpotatoes, cherry tomatoes and herbs; cuttlefish cooked in turmeric with pine nuts and herbs and in a sumptuous sauce.

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Main courses:

For main course we selected a 700gm sea bass to be cooked al sale and a 900gm rock fish both to be filleted by our server and shared between four persons.

The rock fish was cooked in acqua pazza and finished off in a mouth-watering, agro-dolce  tomato and caper sauce.

Four Mediterranean red king prawns were added to the fish dishes, steamed and served in the same sauce as the rock fish with toasted fresh bread.

Roasted potatoes and vegetables were served on the side.

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Dessert:

We asked for the in-house made desserts, and we were assured that all desserts were made by the restaurant’s own chef. A selection to share was selected – cassatella;  seasonal zeppoli; cherry cheesecake and chocolate cake setteveli style. We shared all desserts to savour each one.

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The food at Scoglitti is outstanding throughout, and well exceeded our expectations which had already been set high prior to visiting.

Wine: A very good wine list is available with very reasonable mark-ups. We ordered a Greco di Tufo which was consumed with the starters, and a refreshing Etna Bianco which is a blend of caricante and catarrato Sicilian grapes. Both paired with the food excellently.

Two bottles of water; and espressos finished of the lunch.

Service: very good and highly commendable.

Value: The bill for the above dinner food, water and coffees (excluding the pre dinner whiskey and wine) came up to EUR194.50 between four persons (EUR48.62pp).  The wine averaged at EUR24 per bottle.

Very good cuisine authentic Sicilian/Mediterranean ; Very Good service: Very Good value for the food ordered.

Reviewers’ Impressions:

Ambience: 9/10

Atmosphere: 8.5/10

Cuisine quality: 9.5/10

Service:  9/10

Wine list: 9/10; Value (mark-ups) 9/10 (around 60% above retail price).

Value for money in accordance with concept:  9.5/10

 

Overall Rating: 9/10+


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