The debut Michelin Guide to Malta, including restaurants located on the islands of Malta and Gozo, has been released and includes three one star and three Bib Gourmand restaurants.
The Mediterranean island joins the 32 other countries already covered by the Michelin guide and will serve as a useful reference point for holidaying foodies. "Malta is a very attractive cultural destination with a unique cuisine style which beautifully combines European influences and local traditions ” state Michelin. A culinary melting pot "marrying culinary influences from Italy, Mediterranean countries, North Africa, and also Great Britain – not to mention contemporary trends."
Three restaurants enter the guide with a one star rating; De Mondion, Noni and Under Grain, and three restaurants gained Bib Gourmands; Terrone, Commando and Rubino.
Michelin Guide to Malta 2020
New One Star Restaurants
The Xara Palace, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina MDN 1050, Malta
Located inside the Xara Palace Hotel with stunning views out across the east of the island, Chef de Cuisine Kevin Bonello and his team turn out Mediterranean influenced "Soul nourishing cuisine" with starters like Mediterranean Red Prawns, Guanciale, Chayote and Romesco and wholesome main dishes like suckling pig, morels, swede and quince.
211 Republic Street, Valletta, VLT 1118, Malta
Chef-owner Jonathan Brincat, who goes by the nickname of ‘Noni’ brings a modern approach to the islands cooking. Signature dishes include Sea bass carpaccio with Cantabrian anchovy and sauce gribiche and Olive oil cake with dates and pistachio ice cream
167 Merchants Street, Valletta, VLT 1174, Malta
Mediterranean specialties like tartare of sea bass with oyster Chantilly and dill oil and BBQ rump of milk-fed veal with pickled clams, bagna cauda and vin jaune are served in the tailor inspired interiors at the relaxed and elegant cellar restaurant.