Ta' Randi: Local food
This restaurant is situated right int he middle of Melliehas main street. It has a (loud) terrace to the street and inside you find a cavelike tunnel, which is quite nice too. We always decided to sit inside, as the street is really loud and we didn't wanted all the emissions in our food either...
Favorite Dish: My favourite was the traditional rabbit stew. We also tried the buffet dinner which takes part every friday evening. For 5.50 Lm you can try all the specialities of the Maltese cuisine, such as Maltese Sausage, Maltese Goat Cheese, Octopus Salad etc.
There have been rabbit, chicken and a fish served with filled vegetables or potatoes. All have been very tasty and I nearly couldn't walk out of the restaurant because it was too much.
Had a Maltese Chardonney wine with the meals each time, which was very tasty too.
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!
The Mandarin: Chinese Fawlty Towers???
When we entered the restaurant there was hardly any person in there, four tables were seated with guests. It was strangely quiet in there as no music was on.
We took a seat and a young chinese men wearing a snoop Doggy Dog Shirt came to our table and asked if we could wait a minute. We said sure and wondered why he was so nervous. It seemed that the usual waiter was missing here.
After a while he came back and asked what we wanted to drink and eat? Well, he not really asked he smiled and held the paper in his hands :)
Ok, we ordered a beer and a Kinnie and asked for the menu. Good. He came back and he said, that there is only Diet Kinnie left, well ok....
After a while he got us our drinks. Meanwhile the English guests of the neighbor table asked for a wine. "Snoop" couldn find it and asked the guests, if they would have a look at the bar for themselves.... That's what they did, and they found the wine they were looking for. The english guest said: "Give me the corkscrew, I can see that you are busy!" The two other guys were still behind the bar searching for some other drinks...
During all this the two cooks were watching the scene from behind the kitchen door. There was a little window were they had a look out what was happening in the restaurant. It looked so funny, because the one wasn't tall enough, so you could only see his eyes. The other one was leaning over his shoulders.....sometimes...
Ok, back to our table. After a while he again came to us to take our order, but he forgot the menu again. As he stood in front of us he remembered, and got the menu for us...
We order a few minutes later.
Ok, we are waiting for our starters. "Snoop" is coming to our table again, and asks us if we have been here before? We are wondering about such a question. A second later he is back with a plate full of Krupuk. Aha!
After a while our starters are coming. The plates are put on the heater, instead of in front of us....well ok, no problem....we fix this.
too be continued...
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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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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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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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!
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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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!
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.
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!
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.
The Mandarin: Part 2 of the story
While we are having our starters another guy is coming in. It seems that he is the chef here. Ok, we think now it's back to normal.
The boss is starting to tidy up the chaos behind the bar and ion the tables.
He is also coming to our table and arranges my canteen. Afterwards he is taking Carstens serviette as he thinks it is clean... Well it isn't, it's already used. He notices it and don't know what to do for a second. He decides to put it on Carstens knees....hahaha!
After that he is going back to the bar and suddenly very loud music is coming out of the boxes... All guests starts laughing. " Shall we dance know ?" one is shouting! Seems that's Snoops choice of music, as some hip hop music is entertaining us, very uncommon for a chinese restaurant we think.
We finished our starter already and are waiting for the main course. Snoop is asking us if we want our main course now. Yes, we said. A minute later the chef is coming to our table: "Have you had your main course?"
Well, it would be nice to have it, and it's coming a minute later or so. The last unclear thing is that we wanted rice as a side dish. "Egg rice?" "No, just rice!" :) Thank you for a n entertaining evening and fro the free dessert....
The clou was that we read the newspaper the next days, and guess who we saw there? The "Chef" himself, with a recipe of a soup...hahahah. It really was the chef of two Chinese restaurants on Malta.
Favorite Dish: The food have been really good here. I had the spring rolls as a starter, which were four big ones. Carsten tried the sesame prawn toasts, aslo very yummy.
I also had chicken with cashew nuts, one of my favourite chinese dishes. It was very delicious.
For the free dessert we chose the baked banana! Yummy too!
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.
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