The north of Malta is abound with a wide variety of restaurants, and there’s something to suit every taste and pocket. Here’s just a quick round-up of just a few restaurants in this northern village resort.

The Arches
113, Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha

The Arches is a fine-dining classic. Launched three decades ago, it’s the ultimate in sophistication and is a destination in its own right. As the winner of many awards and accolades, including best food and service in Malta, the menu is a statement of the finest, freshest ingredients sourced locally.

Starters range from classic cold poached lobster with a twist to extravagant Wagyu-Kobe beef carpaccio with roasted figs. Mains include a Chateaubriand for 2 with traditional condiments, Pan Seared Salmon Supreme with Oyster Mushrooms and Asparagus Sauté and Seared Venison Fillet served with a Celeriac Puree, Shredded Braised Cabbage and Pear and Plum Chutney. Desserts are varied, luxurious and the choice is vast. Prices reflect the quality of ingredients, and are definitely not for those on a budget.

Palazzo Santa Rosa, Mistra Bay

Situated by the shoreline off the beaten track is a new venture by the talented Palazzo Santa Rosa team. Margo’s is a pizzeria with a real difference – in Malta anyway! The chef, oven and ingredients have been imported from Naples, the true home of the pizza. To eat out in Mellieha during the summer, you can sit under the olive trees in the candle-lit garden, and in cooler months the interior is cosy, with the walls displaying works by local artists. There are several pizzas available, all with one thing in common – the same light, bubbling yet well-cooked base. The pizza toppings are all carefully sourced: San Marzano tomatoes are used for the tomato passata; Buffalo di Campania is the only cheese used; Home smoked pork is the main ingredient on the Affumicata; Seasonal, locally-grown vegetables are the focal point of the Stagionale. There’s a wide variety of wines on offer. Pizzas are from €6-10 and are absolutely fantastic.

Royal China
Main Street, Mellieha

From the outside Royal China looks like just another Chinese Restaurant, but with a roof terrace available in Summer, customers can enjoy stunning views over Ghadira Bay and beyond. The restaurant serves up standard Chinese fare, but every dish is delicious. Unpretentious, friendly and swift service means that your meal arrives promptly, without any compromise on quality. Particularly recommended is the sizzling beef in black bean sauce, with melt-in-the-mouth beef in a savoury yet sticky sauce which leaves you craving more. An unusual side dish is the Chinese salad which combines cucumber, onion and Chinese cabbage and is infused with a sesame, chilli and lemon dressing. A la carte and set menu options are served for dinner 7 days a week, and a buffet option is available for lunch and dinner at the weekend.

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