If you’re looking for somewhere for lunch in Sliema, I would suggest giving Cara’s Cafe a whirl. It’s situated at the front of the Plaza hotel and it is adorable.
It has an outdoor seating area with most tables shaded by large parasols, surrounded by a pretty hedge with fairy lights lit up in the evenings, and a small inside seating area which is fully air conditioned. The indoor bit is quite small and usually packed but I prefer sitting outside anyway, it’s well shaded and you can get a glimpse of the sea.
The food is very reasonably priced and also good quality. There are a few places on the island where you can get a baguette or toastie for very cheap but often the quality isn’t great (as you’d expect) but that is not the case here. Here are some of my favourites;
Smoked ham & cheese toastie €2.15. This is lovely and light, perfect for the sweltering heat! The ham is absolutely gorgeous, bread is soft, cheese melts and it also contains tomatoes and lettuce which I loved. This also comes with a choice of salad or crisps and I was feeling naughty so went for the crisps! A real bargain!
Ham & cheese ftira (I promise I do eat more than just ham!). Ftira is a thick chewy Maltese bread which is usually too tough and filling for me but this was just the right size and lovely and soft. It also came with tomato and lettuce and crisps on the side again. This was really filling and only cost €2.50!
Peppered cheese & tomato ciabatta for €3. This was absolutely huge! I decided to go with the side salad for review purposes but I didn’t think much of it. It was just lettuce and cherry tomatoes, both a little over ripe and with no dressing. Fine, but a bit bland. I’d personally go for crisps in future! The ciabatta was delicious though, it was piping hot when it came out with thick slices of peppered cheese topped with tomatoes and lettuce. The bread was nicely toasted which added a bit of crispiness to the soft and delicious middle!
I tend to get these types of things for lunch but they also do a huge range of cakes and pastries, salads, pasta and more. I’ve included a few snapshots from the menu below, so you can get an idea of their offerings and the prices.
The staff are friendly and polite. If you’re sitting outside and it’s a bit busy you can go unnoticed for a while so don’t be afraid to grab them (not literally of course) as they pass, although I’ve never been kept waiting long.
The perfect place to snack if you’re looking for something cheap and delicious to keep you satisfied until dinner!