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“Excellent Maltese food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of SCRUPLES

SCRUPLES
34 George Borg Olivier St | BALLUTA BAY, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2132 4870
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Ranked #122 of 211 Restaurants in Saint Julian's
Price range: $12 - $18
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Coleraine, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent Maltese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Despite the dodgy, modern, name (it was originally the Balluta Bay Cafe when it opened 50+ years ago) we dined here twice and thoroughly enjoyed both meals.

As they cook everything fresh and only as available, I missed the snail starter as there was none left so we ordered a Maltese meze-style starter to share. My wife had a seafood platter & I ordered the rabbit, both were accompanied by salad & chips. Including a bottle of wint. this came to around £40.

Next night we went a little earlier & I successfully ordered the snails but wasn't prepared for what I got. Instead of the paltry, overpriced, 1/2 doz covered in tomato or garlic sauce we get here in the UK, a bowl containing an estimated 70-80 snails arrived covered in garlic...& all for a meagre couple of Euro. They were fantastic!

My wife had Silver Bream (available on of off the bone - your choice) and I had octopus stewed in red wine, with extra bread to soak up the gorgeous sauce! This and a bottle of wine was around £35.

Our opinion - well cooked, Maltese cuisine at reasonable prices and a decent wine list with acceptable prices.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not sure what the fuss is about”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

We went here based on the mass of positive reviews. After a long wait (and it was quiet) for drinks, the food was disappointing at best. Lovely spot and cheap, but not what I expected based on the positive feedback!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Eat outside in Balluta Square overlooking the bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Seating is limited inside and if it is windy its not recommended to eat outside. We had freshly made soup, and my husband had stuffed Aubergine which he says was delicious. I ordered the Lasagne and was disappointed, not enough meat for me. The wine prices are reasonable and we enjoyed our evening.

Visited May 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Food, Unhurried Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went to Scruples and although small we found the service and food great. We had Steak, Ravioli. Scampi and Lasagna and found it great every time. The young man who was serving was personable and very efficient. A good selection of wines at reasonable prices, added to our delight at finding this restaurant. Worth a visit for anyone in the St. Julian's bay area.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“good food, nice wine, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

outdoors and indoors restaurant with tasty food with a rustic edge at reasonable prices and good service, tends to get busy.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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