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“WOW - make sure you dine at Michael's!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club

Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club
Ranked #28 of 226 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $59
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Michael's, a refuge offering cuisine of the land and from the sea and fusing together the traditional and the cutting edge, is fittingly housed in this very building in Valletta, a historic city also at the nexus of tradition and the brand new, yet, in perfect harmony. The same effect is sought after at Michael's. Father and son chefs Michael and Daniel Cauchi bring different experiences and opinions to the table, serving up harmonious dishes of blends of Mediterranean flavours. Chef Michael Cauchi is highly regarded locally. His famed restaurant 'Il Re Del Pesce' is still spoken of in revered tones in foodie circles, and he has served his fare to many a dignitary, including Presidents and Prime Ministers of Malta and Italy, celebrities such as Madonna, Sir Roger Moore, and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot. Michael's cooking is delicate, respectful of tradition, and above all, based on the highest quality ingredients. Additionally Michael is a firm believer that his culinary skills are best used when they blend Mediterranean flavours into easily digestible dishes that are as kind to your waistline as they are to your palate. Lean, clean, and utterly delicious are the rules here at Michael's. On the other hand, Michael's son Daniel brings his own opinions and techniques forth, fuelled by his love for modern and fusion cuisine, yes still respectful of the traditional tastes his father is known and loved for. As to the building, it's a veritable treasure trove of history. It's known as the L'Hostel De Verdelin, after Fra Jean Jacques De Verdelin, a nephew of Grandmaster De Verdalle, took 12 years to construct, and apart from two coats of arms removed from the facade by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops in 1798, is excellently preserved in all respects. We like to think that De Verdelin, a man of excellent taste, would greatly appreciate the fine cuisine we create at Michael's, and we aspire to breathe new life into the noble culinary tradition that must have once existed in this home. Come in, and bite into tasty tradition and zesty contemporary fare!
Sydney
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243 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“WOW - make sure you dine at Michael's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

I think the club name puts people off however the club is out of site upstairs, Michael's is accessed from the street next to the square. Great atmosphere, exceptional service, great food and wine recommendations (we really wanted to taste a great Maltese red!) Overall a lovely evening at a good price.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Treated like Royalty!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

A great welcome as soon as we entered the restaurant and were given a choice of table on a busy Wednesday evening. We both had pumpkin and bacon soup (delicious). I had the stuffed rabbit to follow ( so tender) and my wife had fish (huge portion size) and we were both delighted. The wines are well priced as is the menu itself. Chef Michael is one of the most accomplished chefs on the island. He roams the tables as often as his duties allow and chats to patrons. Service was efficient and unobtrusive. Stunning midweek meal out!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank badbanjoplayer
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Malta
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Again, was a lovely treat. Our guests were thrilled with the array of fish and different yet compatible tastes. Always a pleasure to visit. The consistency in terms of level and quality of food is always very welcome!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MCCMalta
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aberdeen
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good food but noisy air conditioning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

Food and service was very good, but the air conditioning fan was quite noisy, which contrasted rather with the more formal dining atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PascoRay
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London, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“First class restaurant - great food, good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had a lovely meal at Michael's on our wedding anniversary.

The food was beautifully prepared, fresh and tasty, and the atmosphere was just right - a touch of class without the pretentiousness sometimes found in higher end restaurants.

Michael was a fantastic host, and went out of his way to explain the food to us, welcome us and generally enhance our experience there.

Finally prices were surprisingly reasonable. I have eaten at far worse restaurants at twice the price.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DevineInsp
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