On the 26th of February 2020 was announced the winners of the first Michelin stars on the island. The winners of the first starts to be awarded in Malta are:
De Mondion in Mdina
This intimate, elegantly dressed restaurant is situated on the top floor of the luxurious Xara Palace Hotel and enjoys stunning views out across the east of the island. A la carte and tasting menus showcase the best of the island’s produce in sophisticated, classically based Mediterranean dishes. An impressive wine list and attentive service complete the picture.
Noni in Valletta
‘Noni’ is the nickname of chef-owner Jonathan Brincat – whose passion involves bringing a modern approach to traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine. Guests head down into the stylish stone-walled cellar to enjoy visually appealing, well-balanced dishes, cooked with a measured approach and an eye for detail.
Under Grain in Valletta
This relaxed and elegant cellar restaurant is inspired by the tailoring profession and features quirky details such as a sewing pattern menu and the use of tailor’s chalk to mark your chosen dishes. Like a tailor, the chef is skilful with his hands, creating well-balanced modern Mediterranean dishes which burst with flavour.
On the same day 3 Bibs Gourmands were awarded which are:
Terrone in Marsaxlokk
This cosy bistro in the south uses its wood fire to great effect to bring out the best of the excellent ingredients. Cooking mixes Maltese and Southern Italian influences, many dishes come in two sizes and there are fish specials and local beers and wines on offer too.
Commando in Mellieħa
This warmly run, family-owned restaurant has a long history of hospitality and is known for getting the best from the fresh island ingredients, which are accurately prepared to create satisfying dishes with subtle modern twists.
Rubino in Valletta
A long-standing favourite where you can choose classic Maltese and Italian dishes from the blackboard – don’t leave without ordering the cassata Siciliana, which has been on the menu since 1906! Sit in one of three cosy, traditional rooms and receive hands-on service from the owner.
The ‘Bib’ is MICHELIN’s distinction for good quality, good value cooking and proves very popular with Michelin readers.
20 restaurants have been awarded the Plate symbol, meaning ‘fresh ingredients, capably prepared; simply a good meal’. From classic Maltese cooking to seafood dishes, from creative modern cooking to the varied combinations of fusion cooking, there is something to suit every taste and occasion.