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“Excellent Meal and Service”

Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club
Ranked #38 of 258 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $67
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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!
Reviewed April 27, 2014

This was the best meal we had in Valetta, during our 6 night stay. If your budget will stretch it is definitely worth a visit. Could not fault anything, even Michael came round and chatted to the guests.

Thank Paul P
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

We ate at Michael's on our last night in Valetta and were so glad we checked the past reviews - it was wonderful, including the best rabbit we ate on our maltese trip, lovely fish and great fish carpaccio as a starter. Wonderful welcoming ambience especially Michael's presence- the open kitchen was a great addition. Our only quibble was with the service which was great for the first half of our meal, but then deteriorated a bit towards the end of the meal as a few large parties came in. Michael's policy of having several waiters per table led to some miscommunication and a major delay in our dessert delivery. Also they charged a sharing cost even when we asked for food not to be replated. These were minor issues on what was otherwise a wonderful meal.

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1  Thank Rachel Z
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Based on Michael's fame and experience and the No.1 spot on TripAdvisor, our expectations for this dinner were dangerously high; but we were not disappointed, not in the least.

The evening turned out perfectly in every aspect - the ambience, the food, the wine, the service ... Michael has a very nice way of making you feel at home in what is quite a daunting majestic building; the food was absolutely delicious, accompanied perfectly by the recommended wine; the serving staff very helpful and professional in their approach.

Words cannot really describe our evening, one simply has to have this ultimate dining experience.

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1  Thank Il-Buqinu
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Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Would recommend anyone to go here, one of the best restaurants in Valletta! Only downside was the desert, however the quality of deserts overall in restaurants in Valletta was disappointing (tried 5 of the best rated restaurants and all weren't very good) Perhaps a personal choice but a lot of the deserts were stodgy and most of the time made of ricotta!

1  Thank Rachel112233
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

It was Easter 2013 when I first visited and reviewed this restaurant. Last year Michael had just opened this place and Easter 2014 lunch was even better. Whenever I visit I always tend to start with the fish ravioli and the fresh fish was perfectly cooked. The rib eye that my son and my father took was cooked to perfection! My fussy daughter loved her pasta. The sweets to die for. Service was excellent in all aspects. Michael as usual making sure all his patrons are happy! Well done to the Cauchi family and the staff.

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1  Thank RCZMalta
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