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MICHELIN 2020
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PRICE RANGE
$64 - $153
CUISINES
French, Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The luxurious Xara Palace Hotel is set in a 16th century building in the heart of the beautiful walled city of Mdina and on its top floor, you will fin...
One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Very comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I dined at de Mondion after our wedding in September 2020 and we are so pleased we did. We had the full tasting menu with paired wines and it was superb. The quality of the food, the paired wines and overall the...friendly professional service we received made our wedding day extra special. We would rush back to this restaurant without hesitation and highly recommend it to others. I am exceptionally grateful to the staff there for looking after us so well. One of the finest dining experiences we have had.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 20, 2020 via mobile

Superb diner we took the 6 courses menu with wine pairing , every dishes was super good and perfectly presented , see pictures , service was top notch! Really deserve it’s one star, will go back for sure!

Date of visit: October 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on Trip Advisor. We are glad to read that you enjoyed your time at The de Mondion Restaurant and we look forward to see you again.

Reviewed September 19, 2020 via mobile

Staying at the hotel and decided to try the restaurant. Quality of the food is excellent and whilst you pay a bit more than normal it’s worth the money. It is a special place

Date of visit: September 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2020

Thank you a lovely review of The de Mondion Restaurant. We look forward to welcome you again at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux.

Reviewed September 9, 2020

If you want to enjoy a nice romantic dinner in a quaint and quiet location this is the place to go. Do you want to impress anyone by the food and its presentation? Again it is the place to go. We had a lovely dinner,...we chose the tasting menu and it was the best choice possible. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor. We are delighted to read that we fulfilled all your expectations. We will pass on this message to our kitchen brigade and front of house team. I am sure they will be...More

Reviewed September 7, 2020

Booked for our anniversary, being suggested by a close friend of mine. Super impressed starting with the clean table setup, the view, service but most of all by the quality and execution of the food. We opted for the 6 course taste of Malta. Each...dish better then the other, however the best have to be the snails ragout. Each ingredient in each dish was making justice to the main ingredient and the local wine pairing elevated the dishes even more. This place means business no wonder earlier this year it’s been awarded its first Michelin star. What was a great end to the meal was the surprise special anniversary dessert and card. But more than anything the end of meal talk with Chef Kevin unique in the way he explained the inspiration he gets when creating dishes. Great, Will Be Back, Great for Special OccasionsMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2020

Thank you for such a lovely review and for taking the time to write such words of praise. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your experience at The de Mondion Restaurant. The Snails Ragout is definitely one of our favourites too! We will...More

Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

Celebrated a birthday here last night and had a wonderful experience. The food, service and location was perfect. Staff were super nice. Will definitely be visiting again!

Date of visit: September 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your birthday in our restaurant. We extend our congratulations to you and we look forward to see you next time. Kind regards,

Reviewed September 4, 2020

The view is lovely but the "Michelin"star restaurant should make an effort to provide the best experience possible. There was no tablecloth and we were eating on a simple wooden table. Social distancing was respected but, sometimes, there was no staff in sight for ages....The staff were nice in a perfunctory manner. They need some training and an outfit makeover as they look and behave as though they were in a convent. The food was fine - not wonderful. We were charged a supplement of 10 Euros to change a dish - even if it was changing a main dish for a starter.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate your honest feedback on our restaurant. With regards to the table set up, we removed the linen to be safer due to the current situation. Prior to the current pandemic...More

Reviewed August 23, 2020 via mobile

I will start off with the positive aspects, these being a lovely view and very polite and efficient staff. However this is definitely an overpriced restaurant and in all honesty undeserving of a Michelin star. Let's talk about the food - you would expect original...presentation and concoctions, as in other Michelin restaurants abroad and now even on the local scene. The bread was brought first, it was warm and crunchy outside soft inside, very good but not special, and although the olive oil was nice, no special condiments were on offer - could have been any other good restaurant. The complimentary amuse bouche was nothing extraordinary either, a fishy sort of spherical croquette but accompanied with a nice artichoke puree. For starter I had foie gras and my husband had the prawns. The prawns cost 10 euro each and didn't have anything special except 3 small bits of crispy guanciale, a cold starter definitely not worth 30 euro. Now the foie gras, something I have a great passion for. I've eaten a lot of this in many restaurants, mainly in Paris, but even a couple of local ones, and I even cook it myself. I was thrilled to see that there was a piece of pan seared foie gras and a piece of terrine. What wasn't so thrilling was that the small portion I had wasn't deveined, neither that used for the terrine. The taste of the pan seared foie was nice but the already small portion ended in tatters after removing the vein, the brioche texture not bad; for me though a disappointing starter. For main courses we had the guinea fowl, which my husband didn't find tasty at all, and the Scottona beef. The latter was tasty but, considering the price, I've had better cuts - it was slightly chewy and the outer seared layer quite tough to cut through. For dessert we had the souffle, which was delicious indeed, and the 'kannol', filled with ricotta that was so cold I thought it was ice cream at first. To clarify, the food was good but not excellent and not original, so when one considers the price it simply isn't worth it, and not Michelin star level. Other detrimental factors were, no table cloth as one usually finds in such restaurants, even outdoor ones. Also, though not a deal breaker, the wine chosen not available. I would like to repeat that members of staff were very polite and helpful from start to finish.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to place a review on Trip Advisor. We are saddened to read that you were not star struck in our restaurant. The de Mondion has been rated amongst the best restaurants in Malta for a decade. It was also...More

Reviewed August 19, 2020 via mobile

Love this place everything is 5 star, my dav restaurant in Malta. The food is exceptional, the service best as it gets, the view and ambience incomparable.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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tonioaquilina, Marketing at De Mondion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2020

Thank you for taking your time to post a review on TripAdvisor We are delighted to hear that you loved The de Mondion Restaurant. Your kind words have been warmly received and we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again very soon! Many...More

Reviewed August 15, 2020

We booked table via phone a few days before dinner. Reservation was confirmed, we repeated day and time of it. After coming at reception it was clear, that something is wrong. We were not in the list of guests. Employee of reception called the restaurant....After approximately 5 -10 minutes they called back from restaurant that table is at disposal but not on terrace but with view like from terrace. Ok. Now we were allowed to enter lift to restaurant. When we got off the lift there was no doubt that they forgot about us becaeuse they offered us table in room in which no table was prepared for dinner, neither that, which should be ours. We asked for the table where we would feel like in a restaurant, not like in exile. They told us that it is regular restaurant room. Apparently it was not, because no table was prepared for dinner in spite of their version that restaurant is fully booked. If it were true, regular restaurant room would be full too. No sorry, no apologies, simply they waited until we leave. Absolutely frustrating experience.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Adrian D
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I do not think it would be appropriate given that it is a fine dining establishment. However, perhaps dress shorts would be acceptable if worn with a shirt. I'd advise checking with the restaurant in advance. Cheers and... More
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