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“Best ever Pad Thai! Couldn't get Med-Well beef cooked though ....”
Review of ZEST

Ranked #44 of 314 Restaurants in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $52
Cuisines: Asian, European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: For over a decade, Zest has pioneered the Asian fusion culinary concept in Malta. Boasting some of the best Asian and Continental cuisine on our islands, including exquisite sushi made with fresh, local seafood, Zest's menu will take you on an exciting culinary journey. Every plate perfectly balances Eastern and Western influences-even dessert! Get swept off your feet with delectable dishes from Balinese curries, Indonesian noodles, Japanese teppanyaki and Cantonese dim sums to French lamb sous vide with mango salsa and crème brulées of mandarin and fresh chili. At Zest, no attention to detail is spared including the décor and design that elevates one's dining experience from ordinary to extraordinary. Original architectural details and attractive features, including an open wine cellar and a live-cooking sushi bar, are sure to leave a lasting impression. Zest also enjoys the added bonus of an open-air terrace overlooking romantic Spinola Bay, for which reservations are highly advised-only 14 seats are available in this exclusive location. Year after year, Zest has been voted one of the most popular "best ambience" and "best service" restaurants in Malta by its discerning guests. On these award-winning foundations, Zest has also built a reputation for professional, creative and impeccable outside catering. Whether you are throwing a dinner party for friends at home, a lavish wedding reception for hundreds of guests or an inspiring corporate event, our blend of experience, planning and bespoke attention to detail ensures a successful occasion every time. All this begs the question... Whether for an elegant evening out in the heart of Spinola, or a memorable private event, why not add a little Zest?
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Best ever Pad Thai! Couldn't get Med-Well beef cooked though ....”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Lovely restaurant and beautifully decorated.

I had the Pad Thai. This is one of my favourite ever dishes so I have it in a lot of places but I can honestly say that this was the BEST I have ever had. Pad Thai is supposed to have nuts and I always ask for extra as they always lack and taste of fake flavours, but this one was delicious. I don't eat seafood, so the waitress suggested I switch out the prawns for chicken which was no problem and I didn't need the extra nuts... This was a Pad Thai that all others need to look to emulate!

Unfortunately though, I couldn't give this restaurant 5* because my bf had the medallions of beef and asked for them to be "medium-well". When they came out the first time they were barely medium-rare, never mind close to medium-well. After attempting to eat one, he requested they be recooked and they were returned to him very swiftly.... It was a shame because once again, they were still pretty rare and in the end he could only eat 1-2 of the 4 that were remotely near how he eats his steak.

The starters were good and the service was pretty good, but the fact that they couldn't get the medallions cooked how was requested, twice, really let it down for us... If you want Pad Thai though, definitely go here and I'm sure a lot of the other food would be in the same category as it, it's just a shame the chef didn't want to cook the beef to how his customer wanted it...

  • Visited March 2014
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 10, 2014

What an amazing and imaginative menu. 'East Meets West' is the claim and it certainly lives up to it. An oasis of quality dining and imaginative food amongst a plethora of Fast Food and the 'Maltese Standard Menu'. But you need to book, it's very popular.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We have eaten here a few times. Can't fault the food. Japanese counter is top class. Ambience and location couldn't be better for us. Just try it.

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Il mellieha
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

It was simply awesome the best choice for sushi and duck !!!! We really enjoyed thanks and we come back for sure !!! One of the best

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Bradford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Valentines meal”
Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

We went here for the valentines set menu including wines at 98 euros per couple.
The restaurant was nicely decorated , the staff attentive and more than happy to bring extra wine, the atmosphere was busy but we weren't rushed at all .
Food was beautifully cooked , tender and tasty and was also presented beautifully. I had salmon which was cooked to perfection and the chicken was very good. All three courses were very good .
The only slight criticism would be that maybe a bit more Asian spice was needed. Also the offensive man at the table for 10 (really? On valentines??) talking loudly about toilets didn't add to the atmosphere !!
Would definitely eat here again, fabulous place , great food and staff x

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