I love writing positive reviews because I’m always bursting with points to mention and so excited to share somewhere I love with you guys. I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews but at least they’re simple enough to write- I know what I don’t like about the place, I know what I’d want to change and it’s easy to put that into words. The hardest part is when you can’t quite make your mind up about a place, and that is how I feel with the Chophouse restaurant at Tigne Point in Sliema.
It’s supposed to be a fairly classy, high end steak house. The view is incredible, so always make sure to sit outside. You look over the harbour right onto Valletta and it’s just stunning as the sun goes down and the lights go on. You can see the domed cathedral and it’s a view you’ll certainly never forget. However the view is something you could get for free.
The food is… OK. It’s nice, the steak is good, the veg and potatoes are enjoyable, but it’s not amazing, not for the price. I don’t mind paying for good food, especially good steak but it has to be up to standard. It has to be cooked exactly right, it has to be free of any chewy fatty lumps. The potatoes have to be cooked through, mash must be creamy. The veg have to compliment the meal and not just be whatever was sitting in the fridge. Roasted to perfection, not soggy, not burnt.
I’ve certainly never had a bad meal at Chophouse but I’ve never been wowed either, and steak is something I can be wowed by! I’ve eaten here twice now and both times it was pretty much the same. OK. The service was OK but not amazing- they forgot drinks, brought the wrong wine (and instead of apologising right away, they insisted we’d asked for one thing when we actually, very clearly asked for another).
They bring bread out before the meal, and there is olive oil on the table but I always, always have to ask them to bring out balsamic vinegar (seriously, who just dips their bread in oil alone?!) and I always have to remind them more than once. Once, they even left us waiting 20 minutes for one persons dessert as it got over cooked the first time. When it did finally come out, and everyone else had finished, it was still over cooked. Fondant should ooze, and theirs never does.
Overall, I do think the place is nice enough. Location is perfect and the view is divine. I just don’t feel the food or service quite justify the price, and in all honesty, your money would be better of spent at another of the countries incredible steak houses (Buffalo Bill FTW!)