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THE 2019 WRMC – Malta Restaurants Guide



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Gala Awards Presentation Dinner – Monday, 28th of January, 2019

Portomaso Suite – Hilton Malta.

This Restaurant Guide, only shows those restaurants that have been directly surveyed and inspected by our professional survey teams, and which have been rated at 8.5 points or more out of 10. The list shall be updated periodically in accordance with new or follow up inspections as and when carried out. We have inspected, surveyed and reviewed over 120 restaurants during the course of 2018. The following listed restaurants have made it to the guide, many others have not succeeded to reach the qualifying 8.5 points minimum whilst others might have either closed down or changed owners, operators and concept, and or have been deleted from last years list.

The restaurants listed here-under have satisfied our exacting standards for cuisine quality and service and have been awarded the WRMC Silver Spoon Award – highest restaurant accolade in the Maltese Islands, or the WRMC Blue Riband Certificate or retention Blue Riband plaque, during the exclusive awards presentation dinner which was held at the Portomaso Suite, Hilton Malta, on the 28th of January, 2019.

Points are given for:

 Ambiance; Decor; Cuisine Quality primary requirement; Preparation and Presentation; Service; Staff and Management attitude towards clients and overall demeanour; Value for money food; Wine List and mark-up. Overall points are calculated through an overall formula to arrive at the points and their meaning as shown below.

 What do the points mean:

 10: Exceptional; 9.5: Excellent;  9+: Outstanding; 8.5 Very Good .


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The 2019 WRMC Silver Spoon Restaurants updated list:


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Patrick’s – Victoria, Gozo

Tarragon – St. Paul’s Bay

TemptAsian Restaurant – The Palace Hotel, Sliema

Tmun Mgarr, Mgarr, Gozo.

Palazzo Preca Restaurant, Valletta

L’Agape Restaurant, Rabat, Malta.

Ristorante La Vela, Pieta Gardens, Pieta.

Caviar & Bull Restaurant – St.George’s Bay, St.Julian’s

Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant – Valletta Waterfront.

One 80 Kitchen & Lounge – Mellieha.

Tal- Familja Restaurant – Marsascala.

Buddhamann Restaurant – St. Julian’s.

Tartarun Restaurant – Marsaxlokk.

Restaurants awarded the WRMC Silver Spoon Award & Title in 2019:

Surf N’ Turf Restaurant – Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay.

Porticello Restaurant – Valletta.

Capo Crudo – Valletta.

Country Terrace Restaurant – Ghajnsielem, Gozo.

Beppe’s Steakhouse & Restaurant – Sannat, Gozo.








The 2019 Blue Riband Restaurants:

The following restaurants,  form the basis of the WRMC – Blue Riband 30 Best Restaurants In The Maltese Islands, and can use the title of “WRMC Blue Riband Restaurant” in advertising, brochures,  menus, etc.

The  2019 WRMC Top 30 Restaurants -Blue Riband Award listed in accordance with concept serving excellent cuisine in a “premiumized informality” atmosphere.





Fine & Upscale dining Restaurants– Blue Riband:

Sponsored by Crossbow Wine Concepts and CVNE of Spain.

Zeri’s – Portomaso.

Hammett’s Macina – Senglea.

Aaron’s Kitchen – Valletta.

The Lord Nelson Restaurant – Mosta.

59 Republic Restaurant – Valletta.

Venus Restaurant of Bugibba, St. Paul’s Bay;

Rebekkah’s Restaurant of Mellieha

Trattoria Da Pippo – Valletta.





 Maltese & Ethnic Cuisine Restaurants – Blue Riband.

Sponsored by Crossbow Wine Concepts & Associated suppliers..

Nenu the Artisan Baker – Valletta.

Gate of India by Gosh – St. Paul’s Bay.

XIXI Chinese Restaurant of Xghara, Gozo.-

New Madras Indian Restaurant – Bugibba;

Rasoi Indian Restaurant at Dean Hamlet Hotel in St.Julian’s.

House of Spice (HOS) Pakistani Restaurant – Bugibba.


The Top Ten General Category Restaurants sponsored by Coast Ltd:

Browns of the Valletta Waterfront.

The Boathouse Restaurant – Xlendi, Gozo.

Q Bar of the Valletta Waterfront

Cassarini Restaurant of Wied Iz-Zurrieq

El Catalan Restaurant of Xaghjra

Tex Mex South – Marsaxlokk.

San Andrea Restaurant – Rabat, Malta.

Taninu Bistro – Marsascala.

Bistro 516 – Valletta Waterfront.

Ir-  Rizzu Restaurant – Marsaxlokk.

La Capanna – Marsaxlokk.





Top Quality Sunday Buffet lunch venues – Blue Riband:

Sponsored by Sutters & Co. Ltd and Zappala of Italy.

Oceana Restaurant – Hilton Malta

Tabloid  –    The Palace Hotel, Sliema.

The Terrace Restaurant – Westin Dragonara Resort, St. Julians  

Fra Martino – Corinthia San George –




2019 TOP Ten Special Concept Restaurants  –  Sponsored by P.J. Sutters (Marketing) Ltd and Maestrella.

Hammetts  Gastro Bar of Tigne, Sliema;

Tex Mex  – of The Starnd, Sliema;

Munchies Restaurant of Mellieha 

King’s Own Band Club Restaurant of Valletta;

Zeffies –  of Zabbar;

Meraki Wine & Dine Restaurant – Rabat, Malta.

Deck & Morsel Restaurant – Smart City.

Capo Mulini Restaurant – Marsaxlokk.



Individual Special Awards:

  WRMC 2019 Top Maltese Chef Gold Award.:

Chef Marvin Schembri – Porticello Restaurant..

WRMC 2019 Top Front-of-House Manager:

Mr.Joseph Mercieca – Country Terrace Restaurant, Gozo.

WRMC 2019 Top Restaurateur:

Mr. Marvin Gauci – Porprietor, Chef-Padron and Operator of:

Caviar & Bull Restaurant; Tarragon Restaurant; Buddhaman Restaurant; Dinner In The Sky; and Caviar & Bull Buddapest – Hungary.

WRMC 2019 Individual Recognition and Achievement Awards:

Front-of-House Managers Achievement Awardees:

Mr. Justin Chircop – Porticello Restaurant, Valletta.

Ms. Janica Schembri – Capo Crudo Restaurant – Valletta.

Ms. Charmaine Hue Xu Mei – Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant – Valletta Waterfront.

Recognition Award best Front-of-House & Kitchen Team:

Mr. Joshua Borg – Restaurant Manager & Sommelier and Chef Kerstin Manicolo of Surf N’ Turf Restaurant – Qawra.

The 2019 WRMC Chefs Recognition Awards:

Chef Jonathan Vassallo of Capo Crudo Restaurant -The Award for the Best Cuisine Artistic Presentations:

Chef Michael Scicluna of Tarragon Restaurant – The Award for consistently outstanding cuisine based on a number of years from the same restaurtant.

THE Hall of Fame Award:

The WRMC 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award:

Mr. Charles  Demanuele – For 38 years experience and service in the restaurant industry.






























Reno Spiteri,

Executive Director,

Wines and Restaurants of Malta. Com

Monday, 15th January, 2018.