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Papannis restaurant, 55 Strait Street Valletta

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Walking down the strait street from the bus station we pass by all the closed down bars from the 50’s. Stopping by talking to a former bar owner reaching out from his balcony “I used to have this bar here below, it was very small… all the way here there was bars. Many girls in the bars. Then when the British left it all closed down one by one, now I’m to old for bars!” he said with a big smile 🙂

Further down we find the new part of straight street, stopping by for a great vongolle and home made pesto at Papannis.

Great night out at Hugo’s Tapas in Paceville

Friday, November 28th, 2008

This place is just great, I think we tried most of the tapas available… will be rice and noodles on the menu the month out to save the economy 🙂

What’s your view on this place? 

The king of all drinks – Ultimate mudslide served only at TGI Friday’s in Sliema

Friday, November 28th, 2008

It’s not healthy, it’s not very strong and it’s not making you look attractive by the bar – But it sure is the king of all mudslides! Ultimate mudslide served only at TGI Friday’s in Sliema.

Ultimate Mudslide recipe

  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30 ml Kahlua® coffee liqueur
  • 30 ml Bailey’s® Irish cream
  • 60 ml cream
  • 60 ml milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3 ice cubes
  • grated chocolate

Place all ingredients, except grated chocolate, in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and sprinkle with grated chocolate. (

Vecchia Napoli Pizzeria in Sliema – Anyone tried it?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Just walked by the newly opened Vecchia Napoli in Balutta bay – Looks very promising, anyone tried it?

Having a Sunday lunch at Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

It sure feels like being abroad when entering the gardens of Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar – Enjoy a relaxed Sunday lunch away from all the noise and stress from the streets.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Great night out with some good friends at TemptASIAN, the roof top of the Palace Hotel in Sliema. The food is generally very good, the sushi is extraordinary but the service lacks unfortunately a bit 🙁

Pan roasted duck with thai pasta

Felt like acrime eating the nicely decorated carrot!

These drunken sailors were sitting at the table next to us…

There’s sushi and then there’s just raw fish

Monday, November 24th, 2008

We had a real sushi weekend trying both lovely salmon sashimi, white fish nigris and something very smelly. Sushi seems to be all the talk these days, there are soon more sushi take away places than Turkish kebab’s.

Good Sushi places have one thing in common, the chefs are Asian. In other words, understand your limits and do the food your best at. Why am I talking about this? Because I had a terrible Sushi experience Saturday, being served something that looked and smelled nothing like sushi.

Therefore we’ve made Maltalunch beginners 2-step good guide to sushi!

1) Good sushi, served at the TemptASIAN palace hotel in Sliema

2) Bad sushi, this sushi smells and is cut the wrong way (Not gonna tell you where…)

Nove winebar – we’re impressed!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Our third our fourth visit to Nove winebar in St. Julians made us impressed. Attention to details is of huge importance. We like: the fresh parmesan cheese, fresh pepper (of course), matching Perrier glass. Well done!

(Try the chicken liver pasta, its great!)

Read "Allan’s" story from Niki beach

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

We received a reader story from Allan who has been to Niki beach a couple of times:

“I have eaten at Nikki Beach twice.The first time, I booked a table for 19:00, got there slightly earlier with the intention of tasting the mixed sea food dish, which all my friends had praised.

After waiting for around 25 minutes, they finally gave us some menus. By then the restaurant was filling up fast, so it took them another 20 minutes till they came to take our order. My friend and I ordered the mixed seafood platter, and ordered some steaks as mains. I asked for my steak to be served blue to rare, while my friend asked for it to be served rare.

After another 10 minutes or so, the waiter informed us that the mixed seafood platters had finished as they had been ordered by other patrons.

We obviously were livid at this point, as we were there early for that specific reason, and people who had sat down after us, were being served with the plate we ordered.Then came the main course…I admit I was happy with my steak, there was enough blood in it to give a mini transfusion, however my friend wasn’t as lucky. She cut the side of the steak to see it fully cooked.When she complained, the waiter took the plate back and apologised. Within a minute, the owner and manager of the place came back to our table and showed us that in the middle of the steak there was some blood…

Obviously my friend refused to eat it claiming that a rare steak isn’t just rare in the middle of the steak and fully cooked all around! He therefore proceeded to cut around the steak, leaving her with something resembling a jack frost burger!!The second time I went, I was in the neighbourhood and joined some friends of mine who happened to be eating there. They ordered fish pasta dishes.

The food didn’t take too long to arrive this time (around 40 minutes), however they asked for salt, and it took around 5 minutes to come back with it, (with the pasta going cold).To add insult to injury, the salt in the shakers were replaced by sugar, (probably some pesky kid).

Unfortunately the sugar obviously ruined all their dishes, however it took them a short while to notice what exactly was tasting funny or off.When they complained to the owner, he told them that it wasn’t his fault and offered to give them a small discount on the price. The total bill with wine and food was meant to cost around 100 euros, of which my friends thought it fair to pay 50 euro (since the drinks and wine was fine).

He once again showed good hosting skills by swearing at them and asking them to never show up at the restaurant. I sure as hell can’t wait for someone else to take over the restaurant, as the chefs do a great job, only for their patrons to leave with a bitter taste in their mouth (or sweet in this case). “

Saturday night drink tips – Midori 54

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Midori was introduced in NY 1978 at the famous Studio 54 club, we thought you might need a slightly diffirent chiose to JB & Coke tonight 🙂