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“excellent food and historic location”

Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club
Ranked #25 of 227 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $60
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, 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!
Belgrade, Serbia
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“excellent food and historic location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

it is a typical fancy restaurant, it has all required for this, it is in the ground floor of an old building, there is a man playing the guitar to add to the atmosphere and all the guest are nicely dressed to round it all. like in an old movie. as for food, again, typical for fancy restaurants, the menu is relatively short but one ca not choose anything that is not tasty. it is mainly based on fish but the meat dishes are not less tasty. portions are very big, even men said so. there are also tables in the kitchen so one can see directly what is being prepared. the service was excellent too, they even warmed us milk for the baby. prices are in my view very reasonable compared to other places and quality. definetely would recommend.

  • Visited April 2014
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Munich, Germany
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“Excellent ,take a large appetite!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

The dining experience was really pleasant the decor and friendliness of the staff was faultless.
The re was a very good and reasonably priced wine list. The food was super but rather large portions perhaps a smaller size option.
In saying this I do of course Pages that I am not forced to eat all on my plate other than by some internal message telling me to do so.
An excellent restaurant highly recommended

  • Visited April 2014
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Meal and Service”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited April 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Wonderful place”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Rachel Z
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Mosta, Malta
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“Perfection!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Il-Buqinu
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