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“The rebirth of a great Maltese chef” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club

Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club
113,Archbishop Street,, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT1444, Malta
+356 2122 8500
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Ranked #5 of 162 Restaurants in Valletta
Price range: $19 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Michael's, a refuge offering cuisine of the land and from the sea, where chefs Michael Cauchi and his son Daniel mix the traditional and the cutting edge. We think it's rather fitting that here we are in Valletta, a historic city also at the nexus of the traditional and the brand new , yet, in perfect harmony. That's exactly what we want to do here at Michael's; serve you harmonious blends of Mediterranean flavours
Saint Julian's, Malta
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“The rebirth of a great Maltese chef”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

From the time that Michael decided to abdicate his reign at Re Del Pesce, it's been a bumpy ride for him searching for the right conditions to take back his lost sceptre. I think he has found it in Archbishop Street, Valletta, in one of the beautiful sixteenth century palaces that the knights left behind and which has been partly occupied for a long time by the Civil Service Club - right next to the Grandmaster's Palace. The neat and pleasant ambience, the modern open kitchen, the general cleanliness and the standard of hygiene and decor of the toilets are all aspects of the new restaurant which hit you very positively. The service accorded to us by the charming Bosnian waiter who after 20 years in Malta now speaks Maltese fluently, was discreet, polite, attentive and efficient. It goes without saying that the food was superb. Even though it was a toned down simple lunch, Michael managed to present his dishes as if part of a Michelin-star degustation. And the tastes and texture of the dishes he creates are, well, his own! I believe Michael is performing at his peak and it would be a shame if those "Buon Gustai" out there do not promptly find the opportunity to visit Michael's for a meal that I promise they will remember for some time afterwards. If forced to mention one thing that is not entirely up to scratch, it would be the wine list. Though the good variety of wines is moderately-priced, the list can be improved with some finer brands. If you order a bottle of wine between two, in the eur30 price bracket, expect to pay about eur40 per head for the entire meal. Bravo Michael!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Here is a wonderful family owned restaurant you won't forget.
The service is at the best you'll find.
The food is very good and don't miss out on their lovely dessert.

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Mosta, Malta
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“Excellent food, creative presentation and very welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Just had a plate of Pasta on this occasion which was perfect. I have followed Michael around the island and always enjoy his creations and his passion for cooking. Always a treat! I'm glad to see his son Daniel following in his footsteps. The atmosphere was warm and very welcoming and Michael's personal touch always makes you feel at home. Highly recommended :)

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Yet Another Malta Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We had visited a number of really good restaurants in Malta during our stay and had passed Michaels a couple of times. Now on our last night we decided to visit Michaels. Wow what an experience there is such a personal feel to the service you get here, from the staff and from Chef Michael himself, and what an absolute character he is. Now we get to the food, absolutely sensational, I have fell in love with the traditional Maltese Seafood soup starter and this was again spectacularly delivered by Chef Michael, I followed this with an immaculately cooked tuna steak, which is by far the best I have ever had. The crowing glory mind you was the desert, trio of creme brûlée belgian chocolate, pistachio and a traditional creme brûlée. If you get the chance please visit I promise you it will be well worth it, not to be missed.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great personal service. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I suddenly realised I wasn't special.
I realised this how Michael, Daniel and all the staff treat everyone. Which , in case you're wondering, is a very good thing.
I had a wonderful starter of stuffed saddle of rabbit, a main of succulent fish with mandolined potatoes and a zesty lemon sorbet to follow all with expertly matched wines.
No faults, all praise.
Good job for making me and everyone else feel a little bit special.

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