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“Ambrosia disappointment”
Review of Ambrosia

Ranked #57 of 247 Restaurants in Valletta
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We had pre booked Ambrosia having been told it was best restaurant in town so were extremely disappointed by everything. From the start not being given proper menu - a blackboard that only one could read. Bad lighting, very small table. Overpriced wine. Steak was fatty and an unpleasant sauce. This place is getting by on past history and should do better.

1  Thank candyLondon_UK
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were recommended to go eat here as it was described as really good food. There was no vegetarian main course option so ordered the fish of the day. Unlike Arrons just down the same street, we were show to our seats and the waiter could not get the wine list to us quickely enough. Same with the food, they just wanted us to eat and leave in record time. The service was More like one would expect in a Burger joint rather than a proper restaurant and the fish was not great either. To cap it all they tried to charge us for water we had not ordered. Check your Receipt !

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

After an excellent risotto and a so so souffle we had the toughest rabbit and chicken dishes we have had in some time. Both were masked by totally inappropriate sauces - and it ain't cheap

Thank Mar D
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Cramped dark little place with rude staff. Was told where to sit when we came in. No menus, had to strain to read from a chalk board round the corner. Lunchtime and only 3 other people in the place. Asked nicely if we could get dessert only as this had been recommended. Was told that wasn't possible and we could order mains or pay for our water and leave. Spent more than €40 on two so so main dishes which as anyone knows is far above what you would pay anywhere in Malta even for dinner.

No thank you when we left. Just "bye".

Rubbish and pretentious place.

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1  Thank Nutterguy
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Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

This is not your typical fine dining experience that you might expect at a traditional French influenced restaurant, and that is immediately made obvious when you walk in the front door and realize you're essentially in someone's living room.

This intimate, 35 seat local gem is the perfect place for a romsntic dinner, or a friendly small groups night out. The menu is a chalkboard style, listing a handful ov starters, salads and main dishes. The staff was friendly, telling us jokes, delivering everything with a smile, condtantly checking back for drinks, and twice replacing our bread basket so our rolls would be warm.

We started with the shrimp risotto with mushrooms. The shrimp were perfectly cooked and jad a bery bright and crisp flavor to them, despite sitting in the creamy risotto. The mushrooms were a mild variety and their large slices were a great compliment to the dish. This is a full meal's portiom, but a great size to share with the table.

The goatcheese souffle sounded tempting, and it delivered just the right amount of creaminess and texture to the lightly dressed salad. I would come back and eat this just for lunch.

The rabbit is a local dish in Matla and if you're ever going to try it, this is the place! Served roasted in a silky rich brown sauce, it was like a layer of velvet coating thebplate, propping up the dark roasted portions of meat. The rabbit pulled offbthe bone with ease, still moist and tender that you didn't NEED the sauce, but with so much flavor in it, not only were you dipping each forkful in the sauce, but soaking it up with your rolls as well. I hear people say that rabbit tastes like chicken...although when properly prepared it is a mild and lighter tasting meat without the gaminess usually associated with the more uncommon animals (goat, boar,etc), i would liken it more to a quall or pheasant, but never chicken. If chicken tasted like this, I would be outside KFC daily, waiting for them to open!

The Veal Milanese was a very traditional preparation, and only required the squeeze of an accompanying lemon slice before allowing it to melt in your mouth. Tender and thin, encased in a crisp and flavorful breaded crust, fried to a deep golden color.

Here is where most places start to go wrong...with only 35 seats, there is no way that they are going to be anle to bring out a dessert that can stand up to the two dishes we just had..,i love when I'm wrong, and I love having to eat my words.

The pannacotta was a tall tower of silky, creamy goodness with the perfect mixture of air to still keep it fluffy and light, but thick and rich enough to still coat your tastebuds in flavor. Sitting in a vanilla based sauce with berries adding a pop of color, you can't go wrong here for dessert either!

We casually talked to some of the other diners during our meal, only to find that they were all locals, and would eat here 2-3x's per week; i have to say I understand why and I too would be a regular if I lived here. When visiting the island, be sure to make this a priority of yours to visit!

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