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“Really enjoyed this” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ali Baba

Ali Baba
Ranked #1 of 49 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Suisse
Level Contributor
50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great experience here, food was very very good and atmosphere alike. Service was efficient and friendly. A place I will recommend and return to.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank aenjels
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English first
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Authentic Lebanese in Malta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2014

Hani arrived on the island as the son of an expat from Lebanon working mainly as a chef. Years later he completed his studies and gained valuable experience helping launch a number of reputable restaurant chains for local companies and entrepreneurs. He finally decided to take over his father's restaurant, modernized it and now has a number of professional chefs helping him. The food is excellent and takes me back to my childhood visits to Zahla, Raifoun and Faitroun to name a few. Hani has an excellent collection of wines including Lebanese to suit all tastes and most importantly budgets. He always comes and greats us and there is always a little bit extra outside the menu. It could be stuffed cabbage which his mum cooked that day or Salmon fishcakes (he knows my wife loves them); this is typically not added to the bill! I really admire him for his hard work, love and dedication to his chosen career. You always have to book well in advance but here is a tip. If you are prepared to eat early and leave by 20.30 you can probably convince him to book you in. He serves lunch as well.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jean Pierre a
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Laurencekirk, United Kingdom
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236 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

As a lover of Lebanese food, I was very happy to see that there was a restaurant very close to where we were staying in Gzira. I was not disappointed as the food and service were great. The restaurant is quite small but had a great atmosphere on the Saturday night that we went. Highlights were the complimentary chicken liver dish, the grilled quail special and the lamb with couscous.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Karen R
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Sliema, Malta
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent is not enough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

This restaurant is excellent under any point of view. Great service, absolutely delicious food, great wines and great overall experience. It is without any doubt one of the best restaurants in Malta. We had a wide selection of cold/warm mezze and we tried all the mains, one special mention certainly goes to the meat, cooked to perfection, tender and juicy. If somebody wants to really find a minor defect is the fact that they use pita bread instead of classic arabic bread, and that hummus is not properly libanese, but more a Maltese version which, apparently, is the only one you can find in Malta. Also servings are not as big as you they usually are in libanese restaurants of the middle eastern area. Book well in advance and enjoy an incredibly tasty experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alberto P
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Sliema
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Arabian Dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

Ali Baba has kept its excellent Quality and Service!!! It is always full so do reserve or go by after 10 pm and you might just get a table. My favorite recommendations:: Starter: Fattoush (a mixture of cucumbers tomatoes, onions, mint, sumac, lemon Juice, olive oil and pitta croutons). Main course: Sharhat Laahmet Meshwieh ( grilled and marinated strips of veal in a garlic, parsley, tomato juice, a touch of White wine vinear and the chief's secret spices. As the room is rather small the noise can become loud just concentrate on the wonderful Food/Wine and talk to your Partner after a wonderful dinner on the way home.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Goodeating2013
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