Highlighting some spots for traditional Maltese food

Highlighting some spots for traditional Maltese food

Malta is one of the smallest European countries, so naturally, its food has both its own unique identity and Mediterranean influence. The island also offers an abundance of restaurants and cafes, offering an array of mixed cuisines. With many of its own traditional and much-loved foods, eating Maltese cuisine with family and friends brings a sense of wholeness and comfort and allows people to catch up and reminisce.

Everyone loves going around to nanna and nannu’s house, so having the chance to talk and spend time with each other is one of the many reasons to go. Perhaps it’s safe to say that going there to be fed mountains of delicious foods where “no” is not an answer, is one of the best reasons. Whoever does the cooking for the family at events or get-togethers, needs a break too and if the family still wants to catch up but is still after traditional Maltese food, then take a look at some of the island’s best traditional Maltese restaurants.

Tal-Familja, Marsaskala

With locally sourced produce when possible, Maltese paintings and a welcoming atmosphere, this family-run business provides a homey feel and serves both traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine.

Located in the southern locality of Marsaskala, diners can enjoy an impressive selection of fresh Maltese fish and seafood, pasta and rice, meat and poultry and classic homemade sweets.

Our pick from the menu: Awrata fiz-zalza pikkanti (Grilled seabream served on a caper and tomato sauce).

Barbajean, Ħad-Dingli

Located in the western region of Ħad-Dingli, this fresh and chic restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine with a Maltese twist. With a generous menu to choose from, customers will be spoilt for choice with a selection of pasta and rice, poultry, fish, a range of traditional starters with a touch of Mediterranean influence and the restaurant’s own “favourites”.

Barbajean is a great choice if you’re after traditional Maltese, but are also craving something a little bit different.

Our pick from the menu: Lasagna tal-fenek (Rabbit lasagna).

Ta’ Marija, Mosta

With vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free options available upon request, this Maltese gastropub has something for everyone. Serving everything from spagetti biz-zalza tal-fenek (traditional spaghetti in a rich rabbit sauce) to lampuki għad- dobbu (pan-seared dolphinfish), diners can expect a traditional experience with delicious food.

Our pick from the menu: Zalzett u basal moqli (Maltese sausage with caramelised onions).

Ta’ Kris Restaurant & Maltese Bistro, Sliema

Located in the popular locality of Sliema, this traditional and cosy restaurant offers a homey atmosphere with tasty Maltese cultural dishes. You won’t be short on choice if you’re craving pasta, salad, fish, meat or poultry.

Our pick from the menu: Majjal il-forn (Tender braised pork).

Nenu, The Artisan Baker, Valletta/ Mġarr

Serving local and authentic cuisine in an older feel setting, Nenu, The Artisan Baker offers authentic flavours to its diners. From the starters to their desserts, having the selection of traditional meals, sweets and an extensive ftira range, truly means that there is something for everyone.

Located in both Valletta and Mġarr, you’ll be able to visit the one closest to you.

Our pick from the menu: Xikel tal-majjal igglejzjat (Glazed pork shank).

There are plenty of traditional Maltese restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Whether you’re a local who wants a break from cooking but still craves a good Maltese meal or a tourist who loves to explore and truly indulge in the culture, the impressive list of Maltese traditional eateries available on the island won’t let you down.

Comment down below and let us know what your favourite Maltese restaurant is.