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“The 'tradition'”
Review of Sciacca Grill Saint Julians - CLOSED

Sciacca Grill Saint Julians
Price range: $29 - $82
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Named after the Sicilian village that inspired its creation, Sciacca is a fish bistro and Sciacca Grill is a steakhouse that both go beyond its culinary calling. Within Sciacca's confines, you'll find the kind of effortless taste that'll envelop your stay, exalt your senses, and ultimately make you party to the excellence we recite. - Welcome to an experience.
chesterfield
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The 'tradition'”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had the 'tradition' multi course taster menu, not for the faint hearted, lots of food an absolute feast. Lots of interesting and high quality dishes with excellent service. The only negative was that there was too much food.

Visited May 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good but pricey”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited Sciacca after having a wonderful lunch at their newly opened Valletta restaurant. This cool, modern and very stylish eatery was a very welcome break from the searing heat outside and the bill at EUR 34.75 was incredible value for money.

On the strength of this, we decided to try the longer established one in St Julians for dinner the following evening. The two are very different.

Sciacca, St Julians is on one of the busiest streets in the area (a five minute walk from the Hilton where we were staying) and is surrounded by clubs and bars of every type. You enter the restaurant and the atmosphere is very calm and relaxed. The first thing you see is an impressive display of the locally caught fish on offer that evening.

We were greeted by a friendly face and despite it being very busy, we were found a table quite near the bar area. Not ideal, but as we had only booked an hour before, quite acceptable. A very knowledgeable waitress arrive a minute later and took our drinks order. She also offered god advice on the local wines and we went for the Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc - a fantastic choice and at EUR 24 a bargain.

For starter, I chose the marinated whitebait in a lemon and ginger vinaigrette dressing. For mains, we decided to try two of the 'specials' on that evening. I had the T-bone and my wife had the Xkall. This is a lobster variety caught only in these waters and looks very different to the traditional lobsters we are used to seeing in the UK. The waitress advised that the texture was somewhat softer than the lobsters we were maybe used to and that the taste would be sweeter.

The starter was superb. The whitebait is cut into very fine strips and the taste of lemon and ginger is very subtle. It is mixed with peeled prawns and served on a bed of lettuce. This would be a perfect meal in itself for lunch with some fresh crusty bread and a glass of Prosecco.

After a suitable break, the main courses arrived, my T-bone being ready carved onto a wooden board. The lobster was split and grilled and nicely presented.

One small negative and this is something I hope the proprietor will take note of; Xkall is neither softer or sweeter than Atlantic lobster and setting the table with a fish-knife is a mistake. This variety of lobster is actually quite a 'meaty' fish. Utterly delicious and tender, but providing a fish-knife makes tackling it a chore - which is a shame as it means you have to ask for a sharper knife and that in turn suggests to the staff that you are unhappy with your meal.

The T-bone was superb - as good as any steak I have eaten in the UK or the US. Both were served with fresh vegetables and roast potatoes.

If I'm being totally honest, the desert was a little bland and disappointing (I can't even remember what it was, but recall a fruit compote and whipped cream over some kind of pink stuff).

My overall rating has to be 4 stars for the minor niggles, but for the staff, wines, starter and mains it would be 5 stars all the way.

  • Visited July 2014
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Bahar ic-Caghaq, Malta
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent Food - Chef Patron does make a difference!”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Food is great....with a great variety of fresh fish......Chef Patron Marvin is very helpful.....very good wine list.....atmosphere is very relaxed.....ideal for both romantic and business dinners....one of the best restaurants in Malta for sure!

  • Visited April 2014
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Marlow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Outstanding meal!”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Sciacca is an oasis in the middle of Malta's answer to Magaluf, Paceville. The service was exceptional - we went back with friends and it was even better the second time - with great recommendations, fantastic specials including mouthwatering fish, all reasonably priced. We discovered a really good local Sauvignon Blanc - and then found out it was award winning! All in all a great restaurant and we would highly recommend. Nice loos as well!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Pat R
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wide range of seafood”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Quality restaurant but nothing really special, would go back again for a bit of refined dining instead of the noisy tourist type places around the town

Visited June 2014
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