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  • The search for authenticity

    The search for authenticity

    RasoiDean Hamlet,Triq il-Qaliet,St Julian’sTel: 9949 2513 Food: 6/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6.5/10 Words are slippery. Their meaning evolves and mutates so there comes a day when you look back at a word and find it has...

  • Temptasian retains its WRMC top restaurant status

    Temptasian retains its WRMC top restaurant status

    Temptasian restaurant at The Palace hotel in Sliema was confirmed one of Malta’s top restaurants at this year’s edition of the WRMC (Wines and Restaurants of Malta.com) Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards gala dinner and ceremony in St...

  • Delicata releases first 2017 vintage Medina wines

    Delicata releases first 2017 vintage Medina wines

    The latest 2017 vintage of the Medina range of award-winning, boutique Malta-grown wines by the Delicata winery has been bottled for distribution on the domestic market in Malta and Gozo. Medina is a collection of ten unoaked, fruity wines made...

  • For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

    For Australian winemakers, Chinese relationships are bearing fruit

    Wang Zhe, a wealthy Chinese businessman from Guangzhou, liked his glass of decade-old Chardonnay at an Australian winery so much he wanted more. So he asked to buy the entire vintage. It was the sort of offer, made over roast lamb and vegetables...

  • Get your sweet side out this Valentine’s

    Get your sweet side out this Valentine’s

    Ingredients1 packet dark cocoa chocolate (350g, divided)2 tsp pure vanilla extract1 cup + 2 tbsp wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, divided)1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)1¼ cups dark brown sugar (firmly packed)1¼ cups cocoa powder¼ teaspoon salt4 eggs1¼...

  • Pure delicious pleasure

    Pure delicious pleasure

    RisetteOld Theatre Street, Valletta Food: 10/10Location: 9/10Service: 10/10Value: 8/10Overall: 10/10 I don’t do puff pieces, although this may indeed sound like one. Risette deserves all the puff I’m pushing its way. I haven’t exaggerated a thing.

  • Malta and the pink wine revolution

    Malta and the pink wine revolution

    The Maltese archipelago boasts two commercially viable native grape varieties. Thankfully one of them is dark-skinned so that, besides wonderfully fresh white wines, wineries can also craft interesting reds and inimitable rosés, a category that’s...

  • Another drink in the wall: Sliema’s oldest bar

    Another drink in the wall: Sliema’s oldest bar

    You’ve walked past it a thousand times. You might have even gone in once, though you don’t really remember. But in the last year, something has changed. Despite its blink-and-you-miss-it exterior, the Hole In The Wall – the oldest pub and bar in...

  • Power up with plant protein

    Power up with plant protein

    Chicken Pad Thai Servings: 4 1 pound chicken breastFreshly ground pepper, to taste1 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp honey2 tsp chili garlic sauce3 tbsp rice wine vinegar2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce1 tbsp peanut butter¼ cup water1 medium zucchini, spiralised...

  • A number, a street

    A number, a street

    59 Republic59, Republic Street,VallettaTel: 7926 4613 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 8/10 Five out of every four people I know have problems with fractions. If the error in that sentence didn’t jump out at you instantly,...

  • Renowned South African wineries to be represented by Farsons

    Renowned South African wineries to be represented by Farsons

    Farsons Beverage Imports Company Limited have been entrusted by the renowned South African wineries Klein Constantia and Anwilka to represent them locally. Dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world's most beautiful wine estates, Klein...

  • Make the most of your morning with savoury, seasonal flavours

    Make the most of your morning with savoury, seasonal flavours

    With savoury elements coming from butternut squash, freshly ground nutmeg and hints of sage, this homemade frittata embraces seasonal favourites rich in nutrients. Recipe courtesy of milklife.com. Butternut Squash Sage Frittata Servings: 6 Crispy...

  • Steadfast breakfast

    Steadfast breakfast

    Debbie’s CafeMellieħa Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 Historically associated with the poor, the sick, children and those with lusty appetites – this is breakfast. It’s come a long way since the Middle Ages. I relish...

  • Wine and praline extravaganza

    Wine and praline extravaganza

    It might be a strange-sounding combination at first. But, whereas a bar of chocolate would play havoc with a wine drinker’s palate, flavoured truffles and pralines can make for a very nice accompaniment to the divine nectar. The handcrafted...

  • Better than takeout

    Better than takeout

    Asian dishes at home are easy and can be personalised according to what ingredients you have available. Recipes courtesy of mccormick.com/simply-asia. On busy weeknights, it can be easy to opt for Asian staples like beef and broccoli. Instead, try...

  • Fine. We’re dining.

    Fine. We’re dining.

    L’Orso94, Spinola Road,St JuliansTel: 7705 9417 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 One of the funniest moments in a decade of writing about eating happened a few years ago at a restaurant that labelled itself as ‘the...

  • Take the chill off winter days

    Take the chill off winter days

    As winter chills settle in, one way to warm up from the inside out is with family meals centred around a delicious bowl of comfort food like pasta, soups and stews. Recipes courtesy of Bertolli.com. By planning your weeknight menu to include...

  • Detail derailed

    Detail derailed

    Club SushiSt Julian’s, Paceville Food: 5/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6/10 Knocking out everything from temaki to tak kangjung, this is a warm, unfancified place. The staff are all ease and friendliness. The decor is simple...

  • The unsung heroes of wine service

    I remember how about 10 years ago the hospitality sector in Malta lamented the lack of sommeliers for hire. Back then, the feeling was that more certified wine professionals with the aptitude to look after wine service lock, stock and barrel...

  • Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking - Swiss government

    Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking - Swiss government

    Switzerland has banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules. "Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water.