In Malta, Oriental cuisine is well-liked, with a good number of Chinese restaurants dotted around the islands, catering for both locals and tourists. Many of these establishments are found in resort areas such as Mellieha, Bugibba, St Julians, Marsascala and Sliema.
However, one of the best is found at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, bang in the centre of the island in the picturesque village of Attard. The ambience at The Rickshaw restaurant reflects the opulent 5-star surroundings; the beautifully laid tables and attentive service adds a touch of class and romance to the venue.
On warm Mediterranean evenings, patrons at this unique Chinese restaurant in Malta can dine on a selection of platters outside on the terrace in the moonlight. There are a wide choice of soups and starters, with the Rickshaw Golden Platter being a popular option for 2 or more people. This platter consists of a selection of baby barbecue ribs, honey prawns, chicken and beef satay, duck spring rolls, and crispy seaweed. Whole or half portions of aromatic crispy duck with pancakes, spring onions and hoi-sin can be ordered as an intermediate course, with main dishes to follow. These include a good assortment of beef, pork, chicken, seafood and curry favourites, including sweet and sour chicken, beef in black-bean sauce, Szechuan pork and steamed sea bass. As well as Chinese cuisine, the restaurant also serves a variety of Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian dishes, such as mi goreng and green curry.
Average price per head – Euro 32.00
The Rickshaw, Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard
Tel (+356) 21440301
Less formal than the Rickshaw, The Peak oriental restaurant is in the heart of Sliema’s shopping district, on the top floor of The Plaza shopping centre. This venue has a modern, bright feel and can accommodate up to 90 diners inside – outside there’s a small, sheltered terrace for admiring the sweeping views out over the harbour.
The menu is wide-ranging with the Peking duck being particularly good. Starters include sesame prawn toast, spring rolls, chicken and beef satay, dim sum and a good selection of soups. Mains include the usual Cantonese menu-standards such as sweet and sour pork, beef in satay sauce, stir-fried almond chicken and prawns with green pepper in black-bean sauce, and all dishes are fresh and bursting with flavour. The Peak also offers a choice of three set meals for 2 to 6 people, a selection of desserts and some good local wines.
Its central location makes it convenient for weary shoppers, Sliema residents – many of whom are regulars – and holidaymakers staying in the numerous hotels nearby.
Average price per head – Euro 25.00
The Peak Oriental, The Plaza Centre, Sliema
Tel (+356) 21314861