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ZEST

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Sushi, European, Asian, Contemporary, Continental
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25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2138 7600
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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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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
Excellent food, loved it!

I was taken here during a business trip by a 'local' and was very impressed. It's a lovely place, we sat on the terrace which was nice. We had a mixture of dishes. The new style sashimi starter was delicious then we shared some sushi which was really excellent and then I had the seabass which was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
BizTravAnd
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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London, United Kingdom
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140 reviews 140 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I was taken here during a business trip by a 'local' and was very impressed. It's a lovely place, we sat on the terrace which was nice. We had a mixture of dishes. The new style sashimi starter was delicious then we shared some sushi which was really excellent and then I had the seabass which was superb. Nice portions... More 

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Tring
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Went to Malta for a weekend to celebrate my daughter's 50th birthday and she and my grandson wanted to eat here. They have been before and said how good it is. We were not disappointed. The flavours were amazing. Lovely ambience and attentive staff even though they were very busy. Would certainly go back there again.

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Malta
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Great good options, very knowledgeable staff, fantastic food, good location. What is not to like? :)

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Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We stayed at the Hotel Juliani and a dinner at Zest was included. I am so happy we took advantage of it. The service was excellent, the food very good. We had combinations of Asian and continental cuisine (we are not sushi lovers) and everything was well presented. I hope to return. However, I cannot comment on the price because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had a table with the spinola bay view and it was simply amazing. We had the asian menu and at first we thought it would have been not enough to eat after the 3 plates. But it was only the starters ! The presentation was great and I rarely tasted sauces this good. The one that comes with the... More 

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Malta
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Pros: A lovely space and very friendly, warm and engaging staff. The people are lovely but when its busy there it all seems to go wrong (see below) Cons: * Very slow service (60 mins from ordering to starters arriving) * Staff had to be reminded that one starter was missing (it was sashimi...raw, sliced fish - so it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We've been coming to zest when we visit Malta for years, the fusion of tastes is outstanding , love the decor and to watch the sushi being made is just fascinating . The food is excellent and we have never been let down on service.....love the selection of home made breads they bring you and the puddings are unusual but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We have eaten there twice and simply loved it. The food is one of the best we had on Malta. Try several appetizers, rather than taking a usual menu. Duck dumplings w orange sauce and chocolate fondant are out of this planet.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This restaurant is fantastic for a single visit or special occasion, however as part of a half board deal at the Hotel eating there 7 nights consecutively was a struggle. I do not like sushi or anything very spicy - my problem not the restaurant's. For me there were not enough Continental dishes on the Menu to last the week.... More 

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Mosta, Malta
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

One of the reasons why I always shied away from this restaurant was because of my perception that its very expensive. Indeed it is. However, when you consider what its competitors around the whole island have to offer, Zest simply tops them all. The decor of the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. Its very modern, chic, but also warm and intimate.... 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 39 - 50
  • Cuisine: Sushi, European, Asian, Contemporary, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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