Very posh looking and situated on the Gzira harbour front I couldn’t wait to get inside! The entrance is very minimalistic but modern and stylish, but inside it’s pretty basic. I couldn’t take many photos as it was busy, but there are some Mediterranean style tiles, basic tables and chairs- nothing fancy or particularly stylish.
I called them up first to see if there were any restrictions- minimum spend, min/max amount of people etc- and they had no idea about the voucher. The woman I spoke to had to take my name and number and said she’d call me back after checking with someone else. 10 minutes later I received a text back saying ‘two people only and only for food’. Very fair enough but I had other questions like… OK can I book a table, can I bring 3 people and just apply the voucher to two meals (the answer was yes)… so I really rather they had called back as they said they would.
But anyway, I booked the table for 20:30 and when we arrived and gave our name we were greeted with ‘Ah with the voucher.’ As if this singled us out from the other diners, which, sadly, it did.
They don’t do rose wine by the glass which was unfortunate as I don’t like white or red.
They brought us a basket of bread to start but no oil or vinegar for dipping, we had to ask for these.
The three of us shared a starter as it was big and we wanted to leave plenty of room for dinner.
Oven baked brie with hazelnuts, honey and thyme served with toasted baguette
This was absolutely delicious, but when they said ‘toasted baguette’ they meant 4 tiny toasted bits of bread. We had to ask for yet another basket of bread to eat the cheese with as the 4 pieces it came with were nowhere near enough.
For our mains I went for;
Corn fed chicken breast with lemon, honey and wholegrain mustard
Which was pleasant enough, nothing out of this world. I couldn’t taste any lemon or honey and the mustard wasn’t a strong flavour, but the chicken was nice and moist. The real problem came later, which I will explain in a moment…
Joe went for;
Beef fillet with tomato confit
Which was tiny. To be fair, the weight wasn’t listed in the menu but for €23 we expected a sizeable steak. It was cooked to Joes specification (medium) and was nice enough but not at all comparible to a steak from a steak house (which are usually cheaper) and the tomato confit was literally one tiny slow cooked cherry tomato. Not only was the steak tiny, and the confit basically non existant, Joe’s meal shared another big problem with mine… which again will come shortly….
And our friend Chris went for the;
Now, none of us had ever had or seen this dish before but we did google it and saw that it’s basically a breaded steak. Not thick, but not paper thin either. What Chris received was wafer thin and to be honest, we couldn’t notice any meat in there at all. It was mainly batter and just tasted of oil.
And then our biggest problem. The menu states;
All main courses are served with roasted vegetables and potatoes
And THIS is what we received. A serving so small, it would do for ONE person. We were all utterly shocked when this came out, and assumed two more plates were soon to follow. I took a nosey at some other tables and they seemed to have a few more than us but most were half eaten so I couldn’t really compare. So I can’t be sure if we were shafted due to the 50% voucher, or if the portions are just disgracefully small.
The veg was absolutely delicious which is the biggest shame because there was so little of it. 3 tiny broccoli florets, one chopped carrot, and one large chopped potato. For 3 people.
Unfortunately I absolutely cannot recommend this place to you. The food was mediocre at best (the ‘veal’ was just pure oil and quite disgusting) and the portions were just shocking. I am no stranger to nice restaurants and I know it’s the fashion in some seriously high end places to present tiny plates of food but this is Malta. Food is cheap and the people love nothing better than eating, so there is no excuse for skimpy portion sizes.
Perhaps the portion size was down to the voucher but if that’s the case then I am even more disappointed with this place. Nowhere should offer vouchers that they are not happy to honour. Just because we had a 50% off voucher, we should not receive 50% less food, service or quality.