Being an island, a large amount of Maltese cuisine focuses around seafood, which is great for people who love seafood as much as me!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s essential to make sure that it’s a balanced meal. Whilst we were in Malta we stayed at the InterContinental and my breakfast there consisted of cold meats, cheeses, fruit and marinated salmon – there needed to be fish included! I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfasts and felt like the set me up for the day ahead. On our final day I decided to try a pastizz, as I had heard about them the previous evening from a local. Pastizzi are savoury pastries that are filled with either ricotta or mushy peas; although I tried both, I would recommend the ricotta filled pastizzi if you only try one.
The first lunch we enjoyed in Malta was at Paranga, which is a lovely restaurant situated beside the water. I ordered a salad with grilled prawns, spinach, avocado, pine nuts and pomegranate, but unfortunately there were no avocados. This was a shame because the salad was very tasty and fresh, but the avocado would really have added to both the texture and flavour. Our second lunch was at Scoglitti in Valletta and again we chose a restaurant by the water; unfortunately it was quite windy so it was not as enjoyable as sitting outside at Paranga. Being mother’s day it was pretty busy, but once again we ate some great seafood – I chose the mixed grill of fish, which was an very large portion!
Similarly to lunch, dinner revolved around seafood for me. We ate at 2 great restaurants whilst in Malta – Wigi’s Kitchen and Waterbiscuit. We found Wigi’s on Tripadvisor and it gets great reviews, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is a very cute, upstairs room that is incredibly warm and intimate. It was very busy but we were lucky enough to get a fantastic table by the window, overlooking the water. We ordered some prosecco and the calamari fritti served with sweet chili sauce. The calamari was extremely good; the sweet chili sauce was especially tasty – I wouldn’t hesitate to have this starter again. For my main I opted for the fresh fillet of Irish beef with a potato gratin. The potatoes melted in my mouth and the steak was very well cooked, but I would have preferred it without the jus that was served over the beef; I prefer to taste the flavour of the steak without jus or sauce. Wigi’s was excellent value for money and it provided a beautiful setting for a lovely meal.
Our final evening in Malta was spent at Waterbiscuit and from start to finish it was an outstanding dining experience. After contemplating the menu thoroughly I opted for the Beetroot cured Scottish salmon to start and the Miso marinated meager as my main. The salmon was probably one of the best starters I’ve ever had – it was prepared beautifully, and the taste was esquisite. I had never tasted meager before, but I enjoyed the flavor; it was similar to seabags but with a dryer texture. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, however there was a lot of fish (even for a seafood lover like me) and on hindsight I probably shouldn’t have ordered 2 fish dishes. The service we received all evening was faultless; we were presented with a delicious amuse-bouche to start our meal and a gin and tonic foam with a lime slush (not the technical term!) to finish, both of these were a treat to our palates and a welcome accompaniment to our meal. Waterbiscuit is a large restaurant but we were given a more secluded table, which made our meal more private.