following on from my malta foodie round up part one, i bring you more photographs of food, views and food with views from my stay. above are pictures of marsaxlokk fishing village and st. peter's pool, which we visited in the same day.
the natural pool is off the beaten track with a thirty minute cliff walk... but so worth it. in all those little craters there was heaps of natural salt too, which i went and bought from a local shop to use in my cooking back home. as you can see the fresh seafood was such a great price, yet was probably the freshest fish i've ever had the joy of eating.
just along the front, before our trek to st. peter's, i enjoyed a lovely lunch at harbour lights beside the rocking fishing boats. fish of the day was crispy hake with burnt noisettes and zingy salsa verde. i wasn't keen on the burnt part, in fact i'm a little confused about the burnt food trend in general, but the rest was beautifully fresh with lots of meat.
another fantastic evening meal, and probably my most recommended in valletta centre, is guze mediterranean bistro and brasserie. with a seasonal menu inspired by local maltese and italian flavours, we were lucky to get a table in this popular restaurant which soon filled up with eager diners. i hate to be cliche, but the experience was the perfect mix of traditional and modern; elements of maltese decor and flavours with modern presentation of the food and techniques used.
the first picture is an amuse bouche of pork terrine with pure olive butter and sun dried tomato spread, which was on the house. for starter, yes starter, sam had a selection of local cheese, olives and meat. this was so fantastic we had to stop nibbling at it to save room for mains.
my first and only meat dish of the holiday, wild boar ragu with pappardelle in a truffle cream sauce. i used to really enjoy the wild boar tortellini at the deli i worked at through uni, such a rich and gamey pork flavour that i love. maltese dishes also include rabbit stew and beef olives, although with so much seafood on offer i had something pretty much every day.
another day and another seafood dish with a view; tuna steak overlooking st. paul's bay. after chatting to a friendly expat on the bus there, he recommended gillieru for their fresh fish and gorgeous balcony setting. he wasn't wrong. along with my trusty maltese rose, i enjoyed a meaty tuna steak which actually tasted amazing with lime. it was a tad overcooked as i panicked asked for medium, but the flavours were still bursting.
meanwhile, sam enjoyed a blue cheese and walnut ravioli dish and the local beer, cisk.
on the penultimate night, we headed to margo's, a quirky and contemporary neopolitan pizzeria by the valletta town hall. beginning with a lush caprese salad of juicy san marzano tomatoes and organic buffalo mozzarella, we delved into the choices of toppings, bases and extras.
i went for the capricciosa, with fresh globe artichokes, mushrooms and their own prosciutto cotto. sam chose the l'affumicata of smoked pancetta, sausage, cheese and sesame seeds. they also had, can you believe, a 1800 euro pizza made from real 24 carat gold leaf and white truffles. suffice to say, our meal with desserts and drinks only came to 40 euros and that seemed like a steal.
on the last day, we stayed local and went to the restaurant just a few doors away from the hotel. we'd walked past every day and seen all the yummy looking food, so really it made sense to try it out.
here i lived up to all expectations and couldn't resist king prawns in a tomato and white wine sauce with a choice of pasta. in true form, sam went for chicken in blue cheese sauce. aren't we predictable? :)
in all a fabulous week and i can't wait to return!
read malta part one here.