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ZEST

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25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3208, Malta
+356 2138 7600
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Preston, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were aware of this little restaurant from visiting ten years ago and staying in hotel Jualiani - it is just as good as we remembered it! The restaurant wasn't busy at 8:30 when we arrived so we were seated immediately in the atmospherically lit dining room. We must have timed it just right as it soon started to fill... More 

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1 Thank tobydavies
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear tobydavies, I am so pleased to hear you returned to Zest after all this time, and that we once again exceeded your expectations. I would like to take the opportunity to apologise that the availability of desserts on this particular occasion was not well communicated to you. Your feedback will be used in our staff training to continuously improve... More 

Rovijn
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is innovative (thai / japanese / Eu fusion), consistent and well thought through - Wine list is very good especially if you like high end wines - The service is very attentive but not intrusive - Great place

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1 Thank ian_mcloughlin
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear ian_mcloughlin, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit to Zest, particularly our culinary concept and our wine list. I do hope your next visit is just around the corner! Best Regards, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

Reigate, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The east meets west themed menu provided an interesting combination of tasty dishes. Lots of options for my pescatarian family. Good service with well presented dishes. Comfortable up market ambience with out being too formal or pretentious. Slightly more expensive than some of the other more touristy restaurants around locally but worth it.

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Thank Jon P
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Jon, Thank you for the great review of our restaurant. We work hard to serve the best food in a unique environment, and I’m glad to see those efforts pay off. We look forward to welcoming your family back to Zest again in the future! Best Regards, Erika Cassar Rouvelas Director, Zest More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews and booking a table, it was very disappointing to find that Zest only have two vegetarian dishes on thier entire menu! As my wife is vegetarian, we had no choice but to leave.

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Thank Rohit S
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Rohit, I was disappointed to read of your recent experience at Zest. Our current menu does offer two vegetarian entrees, as well as several vegan and vegetarian sushi options. Our chefs are also prepared to create special vegetarian dishes on request. I do apologise that this was not correctly communicated to you. This critical feedback will be used in... More 

Sliema, Malta
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to love this place when it first opened. I'll admit that I haven't been to Zest in around a year or so, so I was really looking forward to visiting this fine home of culinary wonder. When we arrived for a 7pm booking, we weren't actually early for a change, but were asked to wait in the lounge... More 

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Thank fallofelegeisha
Juliani_Team, General Manager at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear fallofelegeisha, I am glad to hear your positive feedback about our waiting staff, but I am disappointed to hear that several aspects of your visit did not meet your expectations. While an apology will regrettably not alter the outcome of your experience on this occasion, I do extend it with all sincerity. I completely agree that fresh, fine quality... More 

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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here as it looked fabulous and we really fancied sushi. We regularly eat it so know what we like. We were grated by some wonderful staff and they made us welcome even without a reservation and served a wonderful white wine. We ordered a prawn risotto and seared scallops for starters which were wonderful, we couldn't fault them.... More 

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Thank Amy L
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Ames789, Thank you for visiting Zest and for taking the time to share feedback about your experience. While I’m glad you enjoyed our prawn risotto and seared scallops, I am sorry to hear you were disappointed with some aspects of your experience. As you can see from the overwhelming majority of our TripAdvisor reviews, we are usually known for... More 

Lancashire, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at Zest on the first night upon our arrival at Hotel Juliani in Spinola Bay. Mainly because it was late and we didn't want to go looking for a place to eat having travelled all day. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of service and food, the menu was interesting and extensive. Feeling that we didn't give... More 

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1 Thank Pamander78
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Pamander78, I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to Zest, particularly our unique ambience and of course our food. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience with others here on TripAdvisor. I hope you will be able to return to Malta and Zest again in the future! Best regards, Erika... More 

Birkirkara, Malta
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

2nd visit after about 10 years. Have to say same excellent service & divine food so kudos for consistency. Mixed up the dishes. Tempura was to die for. Beef Teppenyaki was absolutely perfect. Special mention to Charlene who waited on us, service with a smile perfected. Went out of her way to give us a beautiful evening. Definitely worth a... More 

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Thank mario g
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Mario, Thank you very much for sharing your experience you had at Zest with others here on TripAdvisor. Your kind words mean a lot to us. We loved to read that you enjoyed the same unique combination of ambience, service and food we have offered since opening over ten years ago, because this is exactly what we want for... More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was staying in the hotel and I heard good things about the restaurant so decided to book the night before. I had the works - prosecco, a cocktail, a starter, a main and a dessert. I wasn't a huge fan of the starter but that was because I misread the menu and dim sum just isn't my thing. The... More 

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Thank Hanna J
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Hanna, I am very happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to Zest. We strive to ensure each and every meal is a memorable one, from food to service and ambience, as you correctly point out. On behalf of our entire team at Zest, we look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to Malta! Best... More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good value and yummy sushi. Me and my boyfriend had the sharing platter which was varied and generous with fish. Free tiny beef appertisers and little macaroons and brownies for desert were nice compliment to the meal!

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Thank Ellie S
Juliani_Team, Owner at ZEST, responded to this review

Dear Ellie, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience at Zest with others here on TripAdvisor. Since we aim to exceed expectations throughout each patron’s visit, we are very pleased to hear your positive feedback. We especially loved to read that you enjoyed our sushi. I hope your next visit to Zest is just around... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$39 - $51
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, International, European, Thai, Contemporary
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta STJ 3208, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Saint Julian's
  • Phone Number: +356 2138 7600
Description
For over a decade, Zest has pioneered the Asian fusion culinary concept in Malta. Boasting some of the best Asian and Continental cuisine on our islands, including exquisite sushi made with fresh, local seafood, Zest's menu will take you on an exciting culinary journey. Every plate perfectly balances Eastern and Western influences-even dessert! Get swept off your feet with delectable dishes from Balinese curries, Indonesian noodles, Japanese teppanyaki and Cantonese dim sums to French lamb sous vide with mango salsa and crème brulées of mandarin and fresh chili. At Zest, no attention to detail is spared including the décor and design that elevates one's dining experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Original architectural details and attractive features, including an open wine cellar and a live-cooking sushi bar, are sure to leave a lasting impression. Zest also enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace overlooking romantic Spinola Bay, for which reservations are highly advised-only 14 seats are available in this exclusive location. Year after year, Zest has been voted one of the most popular "best ambience" and "best service" restaurants in Malta by its discerning guests. On these award-winning foundations, Zest has also built a reputation for professional, creative and impeccable outside catering. Whether you are throwing a dinner party for friends at home, a lavish wedding reception for hundreds of guests or an inspiring corporate event, our blend of experience, planning and bespoke attention to detail ensures a successful occasion every time. All this begs the question... Whether for an elegant evening out in the heart of Spinola, or a memorable private event, why not add a little Zest?

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?