Ta Randi Restaurant: Good value lunch with huge portions!
We ate lunch at Ta Randi restaurant on our first day in Mellieha in December 2013.
It was conveniently located, just 100 metres or so from our hotel (Solana Hotel & Spa) on steep Triq Gorg Borg Olivier, the main street running through Mellieha. It was the ideal place to grab lunch and kill some time while waiting to check in to the hotel at 3pm.
Boards outside the restaurant advertised pizza, pasta, fresh fish and traditional dishes. Indeed, the menu was fairly extensive and included dozens of pizzas and pasta dishes (such as spaghetti with rabbit, penne with salmon, ravioli filled with ricotta and various pasta and seafood combinations). Meat dishes included chicken, ribeye steak, ribs, mixed grill, rabbit and "beef olives" (a traditional Maltese dish consisting of beef stuffed with minced meat, herbs and vegetables). Seafood options included grilled salmon, swordfish, octopus in garlic and king prawns.
Prices were very reasonable, with pizzas costing between €7 and €9, pasta dishes from €5.50 to €9, and meat and seafood dishes from €12 to €18.
I opted for:
Maltija Pizza - Price: €7.50
A large pizza topped with goats cheese, generous slices of Maltese sausage, black olives, capers, slices of boiled egg and very salty sundried tomatoes. It was tasty and filling; I only managed to eat ¾ of it.
Emma and her mum opted for:
Pizzotto – Rolled Pizza - Price: €8.00
A large pizza folded like a calzone. It was filled with chicken breast, melted cheese, mushrooms and onions and topped with a drizzle of honey. They both enjoyed it.
Emma's dad had:
Tuna Salad & Feta Cheese - Price: €6.50
As with the other meals, it came in a large portion and Emma's dad really enjoyed it.
To drink, we all opted for glasses of the popular Maltese soft drink Kinnie (€1.50 each) – a surprisingly refreshing drink made from bitter oranges and aromatic herbs.
Tasty food, lots of choice and huge portions. A good value place for lunch in Mellieha!
Ta Kanani: excellent bar/restaurant great value and service
Lovely bar and restaurant on the Main St in Mellieha, bar far the least expensive and the best food we ate in our entire holiday. It looks like it had recently been renovated and has a nice ambience and a good mix of friendly clientele from locals, expats to tourists like ourselves. The staff are all attentive and friendly particularly Gina who never seems to stop working. Good selection of beer wine and spirts, indeed the pints of Cisk at €2.40 were the cheapest i came across in town.
Favorite Dish: amazing pizza, never had anything like them before they have to be seen and eaten to be believed. The ribeye steaks were top quality also.
Giuseppi's: Great food
A cozy little restaurant with an Italian air, Giuseppi's was recommended on the net, and (luckily!) my wife and I decided to give it a chance. Besides the set menu, the restaurant offers an assortment of chef's specials - a lot, actually! My hat's off to the waitress for remembering all of them! They all sounded delicious, so choosing one was tough, but the result certainly lived up to our expectations.
Risotto and fish "frittes" for starters, rabbit and lampuki (fish) as the main, accompanied by a nice bottle of Maltese white wine (Isis). With some salad on the side and a cappuccino to finish off the meal, it came to 85 euro. A bit pricey for Malta, but well worth it!
Favorite Dish: I opted for one of the (many!) chef's specials for my main - a local fish called a lampuki, and a great choice it was! Served with a tomato coulis/relish and fried potatoes, this lovely fish simply melted on the tongue.
Cafe Latino Punta Rena: Nice terrace
Punta Rena serves texmex dishes and is located along the road that leads to the beach. They have a terrace which offers nice view to the bay.
Favorite Dish: Can't comment on the food, we only went there for a drink once.
La Baiha Cocktail Bar: Bar in hotel
A cosy bar in the hotel where except all other beverages you can try Kinnie as well. This is traditional Maltese soft, non-alcoholic, bitter-tasting drink, made from bitter oranges and aromatic herbs, and is caramel in colour.
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fruit de mer, Marfa Road, Mellieha: Amazing Food with a freindly warm welcome.
We recently had our wedding in Malta and after being let down by our hotel for a reception venue. We were desperately searching round for a nice restaurant to hold our reception. Luckily we found fruit de mer in mellieha bay.
Run by Antionette and Charlie we couldn't of asked for better hospitality. Evan at such short notice Antionette and Charlie provided ourselves and our guests with the warmest welcomes and catered for a party of 28 with some of the best service we have ever experienced, nothing was to much trouble.
The food was amazing, fresh, local produce cooked to perfection. All of our 28 guests were praising the beautifully cooked and presented three course meal, even some of our more critical guests continue to praise the food served at fruit de mer.
This beautifully set out family run restaurant is full of charm, the warmest of welcomes and with exquisite food that will have you going back time and time again. We Couldn't of asked for a better ending to a perfect wedding in malta, Antoinette and Charlie really do run one of the most charming restaurants we have ever visited and we strongly recommend anybody visiting Malta go along to Fruit de mer to enjoy the warm hospitality and amazing food.
Le Mar: Great pizzeria
The Le Mar Grill House / Pizzeria / Pasticceria / Gelateria, is one of the most popular places in Mellieha Bay, ideal for family outings. Here you can savour mouth watering pizzas, grills, light snacks, home made desserts and ice cream. Sitting outside on the terrace you can also enjoy a nice seaview.
Favorite Dish: We ate here twice during our week in Malta. I'd recommend the pizzas, I had a vegetarian one and it was delicious.
ix-xatba: Fresh Seafood
Small restaurant specialized in Maltese seafood, pasta and other dishes also available. Located on Marfa Road, near the Luna hotel. The service was very friendly and quick.
Favorite Dish: I had fish fillets, unfortunately can't remember the name of the fish... It was served in a white wine sauce with potatos and vegetables and tasted very good!
Giuseppe's: A bit more upmarket...........
Very pleasant restaurant halfway up Mellieha main street. Small, intimate, seemed to be busy most nights (a good sign: the customers included many Maltese). Variety of dishes, including a huge number of specials which were rattled off by our waitress (no written list, which was made choosing difficult). Fish and meat dishes, local and Italian cuisine. Bread & herbed butter served whilst food was being prepared, as in Italy.Good portions, well-presented. Sensible wine list.
A bit pricier than most of the other eating places locally, but good for a special meal. I suspect you'd have to book in the season, if the number of customers out of season is anything to go by.
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Ta Randi: Pizza
Further down the hill towards the church. More restaurant than bar, though it has a TV (sport, I think).
Maltese, Italian, English dishes. Very good pizza, the proper thin-based type. Friendly service and large portions (though Mellieha was nearly empty whilst we were there, so I suspect the staff were grateful for the light relief of customers). Non-smoking inside, like everywhere in Malta, but with a few tables outside where smokers can sit (amid traffic fumes and noise).
It looks better than the photo might suggest when it's open!
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Ta Peter: Fish................
On main street in Mellieha, has a bar with seating and a restaurant upstairs. Run by a very pleasant couple. A wide variety of dishes available,including Maltese, Italian, English (if you must). Fish dishes a speciality, I think; catch of the day is displayed for your choice as you enter the upstairs restaurant.
A good local choice with a friendly atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fish cooked well and expertly filleted at your table. Most impressive (I had the black bream).
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L'amigo: L'amigo: Maltese dessert
Favorite Dish: The dessert was a surprise from the house.
And the taste was even more than we expected.
Soft sheets of dough with a soft chocolate flavour cream, covered by a downy vanilla-coconut cream was the perfect choice for closing this special dinner.
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L'amigo: L'amigo: Maltese Rabbit stew
L'amigo restaurant it was recommended to us by our Maltese tour operator and I have to admit that it was a perfect choice.
We took the dinner on the terrace located at the first floor of the restaurant. The terrace had the view on Mellieha main street.
The only inconvenient we found was that, due to the large number of our group, they brought us the dishes a bit late, but, otherwise everything was perfect and the food very good.
Favorite Dish: For the dinner we have obviously chosen the most popular dishes in Malta.
The fish soup and Rabbit stew. The fish soup was very creamy and with a delicate spicy fish flavour which I enjoyed a lot.
But my favourite was the rabbit stew.
Rabbit is almost a national dish in Malta and we couldn't miss it. The rabbit meat lightly fried and simmered in a casserole of red wine, was so delicious.
It is served with potatoes and vegetable salad.
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Seaview bar: Great views and Maltese life
The sea view bar is the meeting point for Melliehas kids and teenagers in the evening as there is a big playground next to it. While the older people are having a drink and are chatting about the latest news the kids are playing until late. We never sat down there, but the view over the sea to Gozo are really astonishing, especially when the sun sinks....
Favorite Dish: Didn't tried anything here...next time!
L'amigo: Pizza & Maltese Specialities
This was my favourite restaurant of all that I have been to in that week.
In fact L'amigo are two restaurants. The lower part is a pizzeria offering delicious pizzas and upstairs you will find a nice restaurant on the terrace overlooking the main street of Mellieha.
The upper place is usually more crowded than the lower part. I also saw people having pizza upstairs, so you might get it there as well, but it's not found on the menu there....
Favorite Dish: At the restaurant I started with a Maltese dish, the Octopus Salad. It has been seasoned with garlic and was just delicious. As a main course I tried the Pasta with currysauce and prawns. Also very nice and it also was a huge bowl of pasta with many of those small prawns.....
The next day I tried the pizzeria downstairs. Had the pizza with salami, peroncini peppers and mozzarella cheese. Very tasty and with a typical thin dough as in Italy!!!! LECKER!
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