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“Terrific atmosphere wonderful food” 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 #2 of 169 Restaurants in Valletta
Price range: $17 - $56
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Fusion, Oyster Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Michael's, a refuge offering cuisine of the land and from the sea and fusing together the traditional and the cutting edge, is fittingly housed in this very building in Valletta, a historic city also at the nexus of tradition and the brand new, yet, in perfect harmony. The same effect is sought after at Michael's. Father and son chefs Michael and Daniel Cauchi bring different experiences and opinions to the table, serving up harmonious dishes of blends of Mediterranean flavours. Chef Michael Cauchi is highly regarded locally. His famed restaurant 'Il Re Del Pesce' is still spoken of in revered tones in foodie circles, and he has served his fare to many a dignitary, including Presidents and Prime Ministers of Malta and Italy, celebrities such as Madonna, Sir Roger Moore, and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot. Michael's cooking is delicate, respectful of tradition, and above all, based on the highest quality ingredients. Additionally Michael is a firm believer that his culinary skills are best used when they blend Mediterranean flavours into easily digestible dishes that are as kind to your waistline as they are to your palate. Lean, clean, and utterly delicious are the rules here at Michael's. On the other hand, Michael's son Daniel brings his own opinions and techniques forth, fuelled by his love for modern and fusion cuisine, yes still respectful of the traditional tastes his father is known and loved for. As to the building, it's a veritable treasure trove of history. It's known as the L'Hostel De Verdelin, after Fra Jean Jacques De Verdelin, a nephew of Grandmaster De Verdalle, took 12 years to construct, and apart from two coats of arms removed from the facade by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops in 1798, is excellently preserved in all respects. We like to think that De Verdelin, a man of excellent taste, would greatly appreciate the fine cuisine we create at Michael's, and we aspire to breathe new life into the noble culinary tradition that must have once existed in this home. Come in, and bite into tasty tradition and zesty contemporary fare!
Guernsey, Channel Islands
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“Terrific atmosphere wonderful food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Great staff the guys running this place are very welcoming and friendly. The building and setting are fantastic. Food is of a high standard and good value considering the quality. Two of us enjoyed a wonderful three courses and drinks for EUR 88. Well recommended

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Lovely unhurried ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Soon after we were seated Michael came to welcome us, which was a nice touch. The food was excellent and not over priced. The guitar player added to the atmosphere and made it a very pleasant evening.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I would highly recommend anyone to visit this resturant while on Malta. The food was perfect and the service professional and nice. And a visit from the chef was very welcome. I had the calamari starter and the pasta with broccoli. But the absolute best was the trio of brulee that I had for desert :)

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Mario”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Excellent, service good, food great, wines great.
The ambience is comfortable and stylish.
Head waiter helpful without being bossy.
Selection of foods very good, would have liked to see local dishes though.
All in all excellent.

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“This is a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Having read the reviews on our return we can only reiterate what other reviewers have already expressed so eloquently. The atmosphere is great...the food was exceptional ..the attention to detail from the staff was quietly understated,and on the conclusion of our meal, we were delighted to meet Michael Cauchi .

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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