Il Garra Trattoria is the bar and restaurant of the white Dolphin apartments, it is Open to non guests as well as guests the Restaurant serves fantastic Italian/Maltese style food and the excellent menu leaves you spoilt for choice with some great sounding pasta dishes, salads and steaks. You can sit outside in the courtyard area or inside in the equally lovely and tastefully decorated restaurant bar area.
After some hard deliberation we opted for a brochette starter followed by Pasta dishes, I had pasta with mixed seafood and feta cheese, Evan had Pasta with tomato chilli flakes and bacon. They were delicious.
Normally we would not have bothered with a desert but when offered a Maltese trifle, well you just have to try it don’t you? It was a delicious multi coloured trifle that went down a treat and left us wanting more. Resisting the temptation.
They have a Maltese night on Thursdays, Karaoke on Fridays and a BBQ on Monday Nights. All the food is fantastic.
Favorite Dish: The food at the all you can eat BBQ on Mondays was really fantastic. €17.50 each
This lovely restaurant was empty when we went in and we thought maybe we had made a mistake as the greasy looking cafe place over the road was full. We soon found that we had stumbled upon one of Malta’s gems, a total food experience that certainly left a lasting impression on my mind.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated in a modern style that’s light but relaxing making a most pleasant atmosphere.
service was quick and friendly and the menu offers a good range of Maltese food all mouth wateringly good looking and makes the choice of what to eat very difficult.
They brought us some Pea and Mint soup (on the house) as a pre starter and on tasting it i knew we were in for some great food.
I had a Maltese salad to that was delicious and consisted or Olives, capers, pickled onions, sundried tomatoes amongst other items. Evan had Bruschetta (and it was a plate full)
For main course i had Rabbit done in a Traditional style, the main course comes with lovely Roasted potatoes and Veg, Evan had Rabbit as well but his was cooked in wine and garlic.
We had drinks which were not expensive even by local standards.
All in all this was a fantastic experience and the food was certainly the best I have had on Malta and in quite a while. It was not expensive as both our meals and our drinks came to €36.90 and could have been cheaper if we had gone for something other than the Rabbit.
If you visit Bugibba then eating here is a must
Ta’Far Ben is a restaurant, lido and snack bar, located underneath Qwara tower and bastion. The Lido area has a pool and lots of sun beds, and the restaurant looked very nice. We popped into the snack bar for a bite to eat after walking round all morning. We were served by a friendly English person, originally from London but who lives in Malta.
Favorite Dish: We both had cheese burgers with onions which had been cooked well and were very tasty, priced at €3.95.
Turkish Delight is a good place to get something to eat to have outside on a bench somewhere or to take back to your Apartment. They sell Burgers and Kebabs that come with salad and / or chips, rice etc.
Not the best food and you can get cheaper and better meals but as it is open late it is handy to go when you come out of the pub/club and are feeling hungry.
Located in the White Dolphin Apartments, located on Dawret Il-Qwara (see Hotels and Accommodation tips), the Il-Garra Trattoria is an Italian restaurant specialising in, naturally, pasta and pizza, although many other dishes are available. Part of the restaurant is indoors, but there is seating outside, however this may be noisy early on as it is right near the sunbathing area and pool of the hotel, and also the balconies of the rooms overlook this area, however it is usually quiet. There was some trouble on the first night with a group of people playing a game on their balcony and making a lot of banging noise, but they were told and they apologised and went inside straight away.
The service was first class, the waiter was extremely friendly and the service was fast (maybe a bit too fast). All the pastas are available as either a starter or main course, and they also do take-away.
We came here to eat on three occasions. The first was for a standard meal, the second was a Maltese Night and the third was a barbeque on our last night, and all three were thouroughly enjoyable.
Favorite Dish: We both had Bruschetta to start, a pasta dish for main course and the ‘Maltese Trifle’ for desert. The Bruschetta was two pieces of toasted ciabatta with tomato, oregano and cheese, and was delicious. I had Penne Matricciana which was also lovely. The sauce was tomato, herbs, chilli and pancetta. My dad had Penne with Seafood and Feta Cheese, advertised as the ‘Chef’s Favourites’ and he really enjoyed it. The trifle was three, brightly coloured layers, and was also delicious.
The Maltese Night was €13 each and was a set menu. All three courses were several small portions of Maltese food. The starter was a platter of sun dried tomatoes, Maltese sausage, local crackers, olives, a tomato relish and an olive paste. Everything was very delicious, and the main course certainly didn’t disappoint. There were several different types of meat, including chicken and pork, but also local Rabbit, the Maltese national dish. The desert was three different things. There was a small portion of the Maltese Trifle we had had on our first visit, a Maltese fruit cake and two other traditional deserts which I don’t quite know how to describe, but I remember them being delicious.
The BBQ was a wide selection of meats, including beef, pork, chicken, sausage and fish. There was also a selection of salad and sauces. All the meat was cooked perfectly on the barbeque by the chef, and the salad and sauces were all delicious. There was tomato sauce, chilli sauce, BBQ sauce, sweet and sour sauce and a garlic olive oil.
The Tavern is owned and run by Robbie and Jane bell. The atmosphere was very relaxing and the restaurant was very spacious with a lovely breeze from the newly fitted air conditioning. The menu had a vast choice from Traditional Maltese food like beef olives, rabbit stew, fried rabbit, local fish and pasta to favorites like lamb shank, steaks, mixed grill and Sunday roast. There was a children's menu too and a fantastic home made sweet menu.
I visited the restaurant three times in the week that i stayed and will be back again next year.
Favorite Dish: Lamb shank slowly cooked in red wine.
We decided that Chinese was for dinner tonight and so we headed to The Great Wall, a restaurant we had passed earlier in the day that looked nice. The exterior is red with Chinese pillars and lanterns while the interior bright with a lot of those great Chinese decorations like lanterns, pictures and some water filled tubes in the shape of bamboo dracenas (lucky bamboo) growing out of them as well as various fish tanks.
We ordered soup to start deciding not to go for the set menu at 14 euro each but to order what we wanted, I had Beef Curry soup which was lovely, Evan had Hot and Sour soup. We then had Beef Kung Po and Sweet and Sour chicken with boiled rice and steamed Chinese bread. The Kung Po was a little to Spicy for Evan but i really liked it (you can opt to have it normal or spicy and i had chose spicy) with a couple of Tsing Tao beers. It was a nice meal and came to 34 euro
We ate at Chez Gaetane twice while we were at Bugibba - partly because they did good food that we enjoyed and partly because they did simple food that our parents liked.
Favorite Dish: I had a veggie risotto the first time and spring rolls the second time. Both meals were really nice, and very filling. The staff were extremely friendly and attentive (but not to the point of being intrusive) - probably the best we encountered (and we found almost all staff on the Island to be excellent).
Bugibba boasts many restaurants full of tourists especially during the summer months. Many of them are located around the main square and serve all ranges of cuisine from Italian to McDonalds, but also Maltese.
The prices are convenient and even lower than we expected for the beer and wine.
Time Out proved to be the best lunch stop we made. Amazingly it was within a minute walk from our hotel, but the Tourist street is not the first street people explore.
Great service, excellent food and air conditioned!
Favorite Dish: Lunch.
Mr. Kebab is a small joint at a busy corner of Tourist Street one block from the Bus Terminal. It's opposite a busy day tour booking office and it's a coming and going of public transport vans.
Favorite Dish: All dish comes with rice and beans, a lot of nuticion at low price. Value for money!
We had a couple of choices for dinner and we opted for Incognito after reading some good reviews on it, It was opened in 1974 and now takes up quite a bit of space as it has a bar area with live music as well as cafe and the alacarte restaurant further up. Seating was out in the street, we had not booked but we got a table without a problem. The menu is nice and I had been fancying a Prawn Cocktail and a steak all day so that is what I chose, the reviews we had read said their steaks were great and indeed it was but then it should be for £18.50 for a Ribeye, (without sauce) I had Prawns with avocado to start and it was lovely, When we gave our order we were asked if you wanted Chips or potatoes and if you wanted veg, we both opted for chips and veg.
Evan had a prawn salad to start followed by Shrimps and Octopus, it looked lovely (and it tasted lovely as well) with plenty of Octopus and 3 really large shrimps. My steak was lovely, cooked just right and was really tender, it came with a tomato and half a lemon the chips and veg coming separately in 2 bowls. I really enjoyed the steak although the veg was not up to much.
A couple of nice touches were the way they came around with fresh bread (and later with profiteroles) .
I was a bit disappointed when the bill arrived though as i noticed we had been charged extra for the chips and veg, only 1.50 each but i would have thought that when you’re paying 18.50 for a steak with a tomato and half a lemon that chips and veg would have been included.
It was however a really nice meal and i would certainly recommend the food, it is just a little too pricey if you’re on a budget.
This is one of the best fish restaurants in all Malta. Although the decor is nothing special and the name (a german town) has nothing to do with the food served. Try the Spaghetti with Prawns or Sea Urchins, or with seashells (vongole). Then go for the fresh fish of the day. Don't be scared to try boned fish, the staff will clean it for you at the table. For dessert there's no betaing the Tiramisu', the best I've tasted outside Italy. If you you don't like fish don't worry plenty of meat dishes to choose from.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fish
The Angelo's II restaurant is located at the coastal road. From the open terrace you have a nice view on the Bay and the St. Paul's Island. The restaurant offers live entertainment.
Favorite Dish: For me it was pizza.
If you have to escape the heat, this is an ideal place to visit. Great pies and lunch goodies with cool drinks or all kinds of coffee.
The whole place is air-conditioned well and besides the cafe, there is a big games (pool tables & darts) room.
Also you can use the Internet section (20+ terminals) and international phones.
Favorite Dish: Ham and cheese sandwich.