We had arrived early for our tour at the Hypogeum and decided it would be a good time to grab some lunch since we had to get to the airport right after the tour. We parked near the Hypogeum and walked towards the Parish Church. Many places did not seem to be open, but very near the church and across the street we found the Main Street Mall with lots of shops. We stopped to ask some locals about a place to eat and they suggested the café on the top floor of the mall.
The Temple Café was a nice place to eat. Of course, it was about the only place for us to eat at the time. We selected a table outside on their rooftop terrace. There were others out there, people that looked like they were taking a break from their shopping.
The menu was simple fare and the prices were inexpensive. We each selected a sandwich with fries; Hubby had a local beer and I had some wine. Our bill came around €10. The food was good, not spectacular, but had a good taste and took care of our hunger. We liked the location, which overlooked the main street and the Parish Church, which was ringing its bells for part of our meal. Our server was very nice and she was rather busy since she was the only one working all the tables. They also offer free wi-fi and there were free and clean restrooms (WCs) on the lower levels of the shopping center.
Next time in Paola I would probably try to find something else to eat, but for a quick lunch, the Temple Café was perfect.
A staple snack food of Malta is the Pastizzi. This is like an English Pasty, a light pastry shell holding a filling of either cheese or peas.
We'd had pastizzis many times before in other cafes around Malta and also Qassata, a bigger more crusty version, but the ones here beat them all for price and for taste.
We bought our lunch at The Paramount and I was sure we'd been undercharged - for 4 pastizzis and 2 bottles of coke we just didn't seem to have paid enough. Anyway, the pastizzis were SO delicious (the best!) that I went back for some more and found they were only 6 Maltese cents each. That's like 9p in England, and you can't buy bubblegum for that price. Amazing value and amazingly good too. We'll be back there again.
One of the things that attracted us to Paola so much was its tree-ringed oval "square" with the art deco looking Paramount Kiosk inside it.
These kiosks are a feature of Maltese society and provide food and drink by day and night, and at night become a focal point for friendly social gatherings (= outdoor drinking).
Favorite Dish: Pastizzis!