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Food & Drink

  • Flavours from Tunisia

    Flavours from Tunisia

    Exploring the food from other Mediterranean countries gives the experience of new flavours, not necessarily from the use of obscure ingredients, but by mixing ordinary ingredients in a different way. The food of Tunisia is strongly influenced by...

  • The home of local produce

    The home of local produce

    Pet’s Plates Diar Il-BnietDingli Food: 8/10  Location: 8/10Service: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 8/10 It was a wet, miserable day. But inside Diar il-Bniet it was pure Christmas. This quaint restaurant and farm shop on the outskirts of Dingli is flying...

  • Wine bottles big and small

    Wine bottles big and small

    Tomorrow we bid farewell to the old and usher in the New Year. But quick, before you pop that bottle of bubbly: what’s the difference between a split and a Methuselah? It’s not, as someone crudely observed, the difference between a talented...

  • Love like chocolate

    Love like chocolate

    Anne-Marie Galea gets to experience some hands-on fun at a specialised chocolate masterclass led by Le Meridien St Julian’s head pastry chef, Shawn Zammit. With a newly-revamped kitchen, Taro at Le Meridien, St Julian’s, has a simple mission...

  • What to eat on Boxing Day

    What to eat on Boxing Day

    We are often exhausted after the celebrations but still need to make use of all the bits and pieces from Christmas Day. Today’s recipes turn leftovers into another meal enabling us to serve food again without appearing too dry or recycled. Seared...

  • A hipster twist on the G&T

    A hipster twist on the G&T

    Seaweed, rhubarb, Christmas pudding and even ants – all ingredients used by a new generation of gin makers enjoying a booming British market. That demand for left-field versions of the once traditional spirit has been a gift for Scottish whisky...

  • Turning up the heat

    Turning up the heat

    Ed Eats departs from his usual review formula to give us a Christmassy round-up of the highs and lows of dining out throughout these past 12 months. When I realised that the publication date for this column was December 25 I paused for a moment to...

  • Wine and the ravages of time

    Wine and the ravages of time

    A thirsty, corkscrew-slinging friend once justified his quick pull of the cork by the witty remark that “wine is merely a crossroad on the thoroughfare from grape juice to vinegar”, to which there is some truth. Wine may very well be a living...

  • Flavours from land and sea

    Flavours from land and sea

    Pet’s Plates Acqua, Terra e MarePortomasoSt Julian’s Food: 8/10  Location: 8/10Service: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 Ah, Portomaso. One of Malta’s most exclusive post codes. Would I live there? No. Would I venture there for a meal?...

  • A new name in town

    A new name in town

    The menu’s selection is immediately striking; instead of the usual pasta and pizza, White Rock gets creative with eclectic starters and main dishes which take inspiration from all over the globe. Paella, calamari skewers, crab croquettes and...

  • A hat-trick of Delicata winery loyalty awards

    A hat-trick of Delicata winery loyalty awards

    Delicata Winery Loyalty Awards were presented last week to three business customers who between them have been selling Delicata wines for an impressive 55 years. A prestigious platinum distinction award was presented to the owners of the all-new...

  • Healthier Christmas treats

    Healthier Christmas treats

    Gluten-free, lactose-free and reduced sugar diets are hot topics these days. The drive for ingredients to suit a large number of food intolerances comes from consumers and with such a large choice in the market, guests no longer have to feel they...

  • The calm before the storm

    The calm before the storm

    Ed Eats Sciantusi2, Milner Street,SliemaTel: 2131 3181 Food: 8/10  Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 The first “All the best, jekk ma narakx” has happened. More than fairy lights and decorated trees and the slim variety of...

  • Craft beer taken to the next level 

    Craft beer taken to the next level 

    Oak casks are synonymous with wine, cognac and whiskey, used to age the drink, impart earthy aromas and smooth the taste. But the sight of wooden casks in craft breweries is becoming more commonplace, as the art of ageing beer which is stronger in...

  • AA Gill dies just weeks after announcing he's battling cancer

    AA Gill dies just weeks after announcing he's battling cancer

    Restaurant critic AA Gill, described as "a giant among journalists", has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62. Best known for his work in The Sunday Times, he was both feared and adored by those in the hospitality industry. He revealed...

  • The ‘magic flute’ for fizz

    The ‘magic flute’ for fizz

    What glass shape is best to enjoy celebratory bubbly this festive season or on any other day of the year for that matter? While the wide and shallow coupe has been written off ages ago because it allows effervescence and aromas to dissipate...

  • Cooking pork cheeks

    Cooking pork cheeks

    Pork cheeks used to be an affordable and inexpensive cut of meat but during the last eight to 10 years, they have been popularised by many top chefs and today they are a fashionable ingredient. Cheeks are particularly flavourful, but they are not...

  • Absolutely Fabulous

    Absolutely Fabulous

    Pet’s Plates BuddhamannCorinthia  Food: 9/10  Location: 9/10Service: 10/10Value: 8/10Overall: 10/10 Molecular gastronomy defies culinary norms. It is food alchemy. This creative, highly imaginative modern cuisine refers to an avant-garde way of...

  • Festive dine and wine specials

    Festive dine and wine specials

    Why not vary your traditional festive bill of fare this Christmas? Here are five creative ideas for a sumptuous end-of-year menu with a little twist. The recipes for the suggested dishes are easy to find and do not break completely with tradition...

  • Homemade energy bars

    Homemade energy bars

    There are so many varieties of energy bars on the market today with whole sections in supermarkets filled with them. The different choices are overwhelming and some provide energy while others may be classed as low carb or high in protein. Most of...

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