Established in 1978, The Barracuda Restaurant is one of Malta’s best established fine-dining restaurants. Overlooking Balluta Bay in St. Julians the restaurant is housed in an almost stately, 18th Century limestone property, standing majestically on the water’s edge. Once inside, the atmosphere is classic with a modern touch, and you can cosy-up indoors by a log fire in Winter, or sit outside on the terrace on warm Maltese Summer evenings. Many celebrities and sporting stars have dined at Barracuda whilst visiting Malta, including Liverpool FC, Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Omar Sharif.
The restaurant specialises in Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on the freshest ingredients available – particularly fish and seafood dishes. The menu is varied, with a good choice, although there is only a handful of truly vegetarian options.
Appetisers include Red Prawn Carpaccio, Fresh Mediterranean Black Mussels, Smoked Swordfish Carpaccio and Truffled Fillet of Beef. An interesting starter is the Barbuljata, a traditional Maltese recipe using fresh eggs, sun-ripened tomatoes and crisp local onions. There is a choice of two soups, the chef’s choice of the day and Aljotta, a delicious Maltese fish broth made with stock from the local catch infused with garlic. At the Barracuda Restaurant Malta you will also find mouthwatering selection of pasta dishes such as Linguine Tossed with Fresh Local Sea Urchins, Potato and Parmesan Gnocchi, Casarecce pasta with a blend of sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, basil and melting peppered gbejna (a local artisan cheese), and Pear and Gorgonzola Risotto.
Leading onto mains, there is a great balance between meat and fish options. The latter includes a fresh daily catch on display and your choice can be grilled, steamed or cooked al cartoccio. The Seafood Platter is a selection of the freshest line caught fish and shellfish, mussels, clams, langustines and prawns. There are also some excellent classics on the menu including Grilled Fillet of Sea Bass, King Prawns and Fresh Lobster. For those who prefer meat or poultry, theres a wide choice from the popular Fillet of Beef with Thyme Jus to Pan Roasted barbary Duck Breast.
The wine list is varied and can offer wines from both the new and old worlds along with a great local selection. Barracuda isn’t a cheap restaurant – prices reflect the fact that this is one of the best fine-dining experiences in Malta!
194 Main Street,
St. Julians – SLM05
Tel: +356 21 331817