This restaurant is set in a lovely villa right on Balluta Bay. As I had not made a reservation, I had a choice of an indoor table or the front terrace, which is facing the road, but still affords a partial view of the bay. Do book ahead, if you want to be seated on the terrace facing the bay!
Service was so-so, friendly and pleasant, but not always attentive.
I had prosecco while studying the menu, and bread with bean pate was brought to the table immediately. While waiting for my starter, I was served a very nicely presented amuse bouche of tomato and Maltese goat cheese. I had opted for swordfish carpaccio, which consisted of well flavoured smoked fish, served with rocket, but could have benefited from more lemon wedges. My main dish of pan fried sea bass was very good, indeed, very fresh, again served with lemon, and with roast potatoes, which were fine. I had ordered a side salad of rocket and parmesan, very simple, no complaints, offered with good quality olive oil and balsamico to dress the salad. This was washed down with sparkling water and a half bottle of local Le Torre chardonnay, which was surprisingly good. The dessert was lovely, and beautifully presented, an amaretto and pistachio parfait with an almond tuille, very yummy. The espresso at the end of the meal was also pretty good, and came with some delicious petits fours.
The total bill, before tip, for this thoroughly enjoyable meal was EUR57. Maybe dearer than some other places, but then this restaurant is fairly upmarket, with a good ambience, and, of course, fresh fish is never cheap anywhere these days.
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