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ZEST

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Japanese, Asian, International, Sushi, European, Contemporary
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25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3208, Malta
+356 2138 7600
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7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: For over a decade, Zest has pioneered the Asian fusion culinary concept in...
For over a decade, Zest has pioneered the Asian fusion culinary concept in Malta. Boasting some of the best Asian and Continental cuisine on our islands, including exquisite sushi made with fresh, local seafood, Zest's menu will take you on an exciting culinary journey. Every plate perfectly balances Eastern and Western influences-even dessert! Get swept off your feet with delectable dishes from Balinese curries, Indonesian noodles, Japanese teppanyaki and Cantonese dim sums to French lamb sous vide with mango salsa and crème brulées of mandarin and fresh chili. At Zest, no attention to detail is spared including the décor and design that elevates one's dining experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Original architectural details and attractive features, including an open wine cellar and a live-cooking sushi bar, are sure to leave a lasting impression. Zest also enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace overlooking romantic Spinola Bay, for which reservations are highly advised-only 14 seats are available in this exclusive location. Year after year, Zest has been voted one of the most popular "best ambience" and "best service" restaurants in Malta by its discerning guests. On these award-winning foundations, Zest has also built a reputation for professional, creative and impeccable outside catering. Whether you are throwing a dinner party for friends at home, a lavish wedding reception for hundreds of guests or an inspiring corporate event, our blend of experience, planning and bespoke attention to detail ensures a successful occasion every time. All this begs the question... Whether for an elegant evening out in the heart of Spinola, or a memorable private event, why not add a little Zest?
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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and excellent service

We have been in Malta for new year 2016, visited this restaurant twice for the 5 days we were there. Delicious sushi and excellent service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Pingping X
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Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been in Malta for new year 2016, visited this restaurant twice for the 5 days we were there. Delicious sushi and excellent service.

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1 Thank Pingping X
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Pingping, Thank you for taking the time to review Zest restaurant. We do appreciate your positive feedback and are so pleased you enjoyed our sushi! I hope your next visit to Malta is just around the corner. Warm regards, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was good but service slightly slow. The Only thing I would recommend is a change in the design , which in the past was ultra cool but now needs a refurb. This is one of the restaurants that has done well for many years but needs something new done to,it

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Thank shaunieStJUlians
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116 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Located on the first floor of the hotel , modern stylish food well prepared , we had cocktails and wine good selection

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Thank Michael S
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Thank you for the great review of Zest. We work hard to serve the best food in a fresh, stylish environment, and I’m very glad to see those efforts pay off. I look forward to welcoming you back to Zest again soon. Warmest regards, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has good atmosphere and helpful staff. Sushi was so successful. But I can't tell same about main dishes. I ordered sea food teriyaki it was ok but I can't tell that so delicious and successful. Generally nice place. But price is little high.

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1 Thank Neversay
Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were staying half board at the hotel so eat there most nights. Fantastic manager with lovely staff who made sure that 2 OAP,s with modest appetites and limited expereince of Asian food were well looked after. No wonder it is so highly rated by locals and regular visitors.

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1 Thank Ann F
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Ann, Thank you for your positive review of Zest. I am pleased that, as a guest of Hotel Juliani, you enjoyed dining at Zest several times during your visit to Malta. I shall be sure to pass your positive feedback on to my team, in particular our restaurant manager. I hope your next visit to Malta is just around... More 

Gothenburg, Sweden
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We went to St Julian just to eat at this resturant (which we had found through Tripadvisor) and we did not regret it. This was a really good food. And, maybe because there were only a few guests, we had really good service. We both choose the Asian Taste menu and it was great. The waitress suggested a Maltese wineto... More 

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1 Thank Mikael R
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Mikael, Firstly, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Zest with others here on TripAdvisor. I am very pleased that you found us on TripAdvisor and that we delivered to your expectations. Though it may seem an unlikely pair, I agree many Maltese wines pair beautifully with Asian fusion cuisine!... More 

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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Eating at Zest is a Special Treat ! It's different from the rest of the restaurants one find in St Julian's, It has a class of its own and the variety of cuisines makes it a special venue for any occasion being a birthday dinner or a romantic anniversary celebration. Alan, the manager is a darling and has been there... More 

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Thank Ruth B
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Ruth, Please accept my sincerest gratitude for your positive feedback. I shall be sure to pass on your kind words to Alan—we are very lucky to have him! I hope your next visit to Zest is just around the corner. Kind Regards, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I was a guest at the hotel for a week and had a dinner with my wife and two friends on our final evening. We all had the set menu "East meets West" which consisted of three courses with a choice of starter, main and dessert for about EUR34 per person which is excellent value compared to a la carte... More 

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1 Thank AndMed
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear AndMed, Please accept my sincerest thanks for your positive feedback. We strive to continuously exceed expectations, and are so pleased you enjoyed your meal with us. I do hope you’ll return to visit Zest and the Juliani again soon. Warm wishes from Malta, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

Milan, Italy
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140 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

have been here withnfriends who visited Zest on several occasions throughout the years. Nice barcatbthe entrance were you can sip (also) a good glas of Prosecco. Restaurant is basically in Juliani' s hotel (a very good boutique hotel). Restaurants in ver nice, moders and warm. Food is Jap-Thai-fusion between East and West. A bir crative, let's say. We has Asian... More 

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Thank marco f
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Marco, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Zest with others here on TripAdvisor. We do take pride in ensuring every diner has a pleasant and memorable experience, and are pleased you enjoyed your evening with us. I would like to take the opportunity to personally apologise that we ran out of stock of the... More 

Firenze
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant with a lot of waiters, they look terrified from something... Maybe from the two head waiters who take the orders, at the certain point one of that girls clearly cried some minutes before... At arrival one waitress welcomed us, and she escorted us to the table asking immediately what kind of water we wanted and than nervously she seated... More 

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Thank matteomissoni
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Matteo, Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent visit to Zest. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to maintain and indeed, where necessary, improve upon the service that we provide to our valued patrons. I was very disappointed to read of your experience... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3208, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Saint Julian's
  • Phone Number: +356 2138 7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 39 - 50
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, International, Sushi, European, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic

Description

For over a decade, Zest has pioneered the Asian fusion culinary concept in Malta. Boasting some of the best Asian and Continental cuisine on our islands, including exquisite sushi made with fresh, local seafood, Zest's menu will take you on an exciting culinary journey. Every plate perfectly balances Eastern and Western influences-even dessert! Get swept off your feet with delectable dishes from Balinese curries, Indonesian noodles, Japanese teppanyaki and Cantonese dim sums to French lamb sous vide with mango salsa and crème brulées of mandarin and fresh chili. At Zest, no attention to detail is spared including the décor and design that elevates one's dining experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Original architectural details and attractive features, including an open wine cellar and a live-cooking sushi bar, are sure to leave a lasting impression. Zest also enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace overlooking romantic Spinola Bay, for which reservations are highly advised-only 14 seats are available in this exclusive location. Year after year, Zest has been voted one of the most popular "best ambience" and "best service" restaurants in Malta by its discerning guests. On these award-winning foundations, Zest has also built a reputation for professional, creative and impeccable outside catering. Whether you are throwing a dinner party for friends at home, a lavish wedding reception for hundreds of guests or an inspiring corporate event, our blend of experience, planning and bespoke attention to detail ensures a successful occasion every time. All this begs the question... Whether for an elegant evening out in the heart of Spinola, or a memorable private event, why not add a little Zest?
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?