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ZEST

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Asian, European, Continental, Contemporary
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25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2138 7600
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Zest, where East meets West in both dining and decor. The chic restaurant...
Zest, where East meets West in both dining and decor. The chic restaurant is a point of encounter between Continental and Asian cuisine in a contemporary ambience, oozing RELAXED ELEGANCEThe menu boats a selection of dishes from Thai Curries, Indonesia Noodles, Singaporean seafood Laksas, Continental pan fried Lamb to Japanese Teppanyaki. Attractive features include an open wine cellar and a sushi bar on the restaurant floor, where patrons can sit around the chef and enjoy the art of preparing Japanese sushi. Located on the first floor of the hotel Juliani, using the transformed town house's original entrance and external staircase, the restaurant enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace bar overlooking romantic Spinola Bay and ideal for pre-dinner drinks. Its split-leveled area also incorporates a bar and lounge.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 16
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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
Most recent review
Good standart

Good place with good standarts. Nice setting, good views to Portomaso Marina, well prepared food however with no special twist. Fried octopus was very good, fish soup good- made differently from what is a maltese standart, steaks were average - the cuts were not the best ones. Good wine selection... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Edward Z
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Island of Malta, Malta
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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478 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Island of Malta, Malta
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Good place with good standarts. Nice setting, good views to Portomaso Marina, well prepared food however with no special twist. Fried octopus was very good, fish soup good- made differently from what is a maltese standart, steaks were average - the cuts were not the best ones. Good wine selection. Medium priced. Very correct service.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

although pricey would defo recommend. the food was really good, the service impecable and overall atmosphere seemed like a great place full of tourists and locals alike. next time were back, would definitely return

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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326 reviews 326 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Visited here for dinner with my wife. We'd eaten out every evening for a week and so decided to go for a light option and had the sashimi to start followed by the fish shabu shabu. The sashimi was fine, but the shabu shabu was a bit disappointing, particularly since it was never really possible to get the cooking stock... More 

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Food and ambience and service brilliant! We were unsure as there was a wedding party in, but we had first class service.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Zest has a pleasant ambience about it and is run by a team of friendly and helpful staff. Their food is generally tasty, well presented and reasonably priced. Bread sticks served with sides of satay and sweet and sour sauce on arrival is a somewhat strange touch, but apart from that, it was an enjoyable dinner overall. I ordered the... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The quality of the food was very good and also the dishes were very nicely presentated. Very friendly staff but the size of the main course was a bit small.

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St. Paul's Bay, Malta
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Went here on Christmas Eve expected it to be really busy, it was full but still felt relaxed, not too noisy and my husband and I had a great chilled out dinner. The food is a good mixture of Asian and European so sure there is something for everyone. As reviewed by someone recently the service wasn't bad and we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

zest serves fresh food very well prepared. Portions are generous, wine can be had by the half bottle and the general ambience is very pleasant. Tables are spaced well. However, it is let down by the wait staff. They seem very inexperienced and, very unusual for a restaurant of this calibre, often quite abrupt. I asked for some mineral water... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Zest, where East meets West in both dining and decor. The chic restaurant is a point of encounter between Continental and Asian cuisine in a contemporary ambience, oozing RELAXED ELEGANCE. Located on the first floor of Malta’s only small Boutique Design Hotel. The Hotel Juliani. The menu boats a selection of dishes from Thai Curries, Indonesia Noodles, Singaporean seafood Laksas,... More 

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Munich, Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Since we stayed at the Hotel Juliani - which houses the Zest restaurant in its 1st floor - we enjoyed our anniversary dinner right there. We should have just shared one dinner menu (which we didn't...) because the portions weren't small and everything just too delicious to let go to waste :-). So we felt a little full after having... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 51
  • Cuisine: Asian, European, Continental, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Zest, where East meets West in both dining and decor. The chic restaurant is a point of encounter between Continental and Asian cuisine in a contemporary ambience, oozing RELAXED ELEGANCEThe menu boats a selection of dishes from Thai Curries, Indonesia Noodles, Singaporean seafood Laksas, Continental pan fried Lamb to Japanese Teppanyaki. Attractive features include an open wine cellar and a sushi bar on the restaurant floor, where patrons can sit around the chef and enjoy the art of preparing Japanese sushi. Located on the first floor of the hotel Juliani, using the transformed town house's original entrance and external staircase, the restaurant enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace bar overlooking romantic Spinola Bay and ideal for pre-dinner drinks. Its split-leveled area also incorporates a bar and lounge.

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