A blend of Mediterranean dishes in an intimate setting sums up Cafe Malta. The service was very good and many of the dishes hit their mark. The tables are made up plainly but the creativity in the menu more than offsets that. The restaurant has a large board of daily specials that added some nice options, e.g., cauliflower soup and onion tart, to the menu. The waiter helped us select a nice wine that kept everyone happy. Started out with PEI mussels (huge bowl full, nicely seasoned, but a couple of off-tasting mussels), brisket ravioli (fantastic clean taste - highly recommended) and gnocchi (overcooked and way too salty since it was smothered in gorgonzola - returned to the kitchen) as appetizers. That was followed by salads: Autumn Apple Salad (generous bed of dinosaur kale, apples, pecans and blue cheese with a light dressing), the Levant (very good, albeit a bit small) and the grilled watermelon (nothing to write home about taste-wise and missing obvious signs of the advertised pickled rind ). Main courses were paella (more mussels, squid, shrimp and fish and a large bed of spanish rice - above average), the Maltese chicken (very good and generous portion) and the seasonal lasagna (really interesting tasty vegetarian version - highly recommended). Deserts were creme brûlée (nice with a twist as it was infused with spicy chili powder) and flour less chocolate cake (really yummy with a side of apple-pear compote). Coffee and espresso were all done up correctly. Prices were reasonable for the quality of food and service. With the exception of the gnocchi, the few strange tasting mussels,and the uninspired watermelon salad, the remainder of the food was very good to excellent. Overall, three thumbs up from our table.
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