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traveling to malta, any recs?

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mazza3 May 10, 2010 12:38 PM

hello hounds. this board seems pretty quiet on malta recs, but if anyone has any good eatin gems that they want to share, please let me know! i leave on monday 17 may for 8 days on the rocks....thanks!

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  1. zuriga1 RE: mazza3 May 14, 2010 02:04 AM

    Unfortunately, we did not get to Malta in April because of the volcano! I'm sure you'll have better luck. I had researched restaurants here, in some guidebooks, and with a friend of mine who lives there. It seems there are lots of choices. First off, there was this thread which was helpful.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6861...

    There is supposed to be very good food at a place called TemptAsian. I think it's in Sliema's Palace Hotel, but you can check.

    Hopefully, we will get there next year.....

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      mazza3 RE: zuriga1 May 14, 2010 11:23 AM

      thanks! i saw that thread but was fishing for more. :) good luck for next year, hopefully malta isn't going anywhere.....

    2. Pata_Negra RE: mazza3 May 14, 2010 02:43 AM

      was there 10 years ago and it never did occur to me to record things i ate and drink. Malta is incredibly rich in history and its gastronomic influences include Italians, Spanish, and Moorish.

      do try: Maltese red wines and local beers. capers, tomatoes, cheeses, breads, pastries.
      food is quite salty but other than that everything is so good and fresh.

      i remember then there was siesta when the whole island shut down. i think maybe some touristy restaurants in Valletta/Sliema are open during siesta.

      enjoy Malta! [ptss.. don't say they're Arabs, or the food is 'like' Italian.]

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        mazza3 RE: Pata_Negra May 14, 2010 11:22 AM

        heh, i work for a computational linguistic organization; never in a million years would i say their language is like arabic (and being of italian decent, ditto on the food)! this is a great rec, i probably won't spend much time eating in restaurants (am in malta for 8 nights) and knowing the local specialties = excellent. thank you!

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          Harters RE: Pata_Negra May 24, 2010 10:16 AM

          "or the food is 'like' Italian"

          Although there are a surprisingly large number of Italian restaurants - as well as a surprising number of dishes on the menus of non-Italian restaurants that appear very Italianesque.

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