Michelin's newest Guide to Malta, Gozo and Comino has been revealed! Drawing from more than 120 years of experience in international cuisine recognition, this edition celebrates the exceptional eateries offering a variety of flavours on the islands. The fourth Malta Michelin Guide showcases not only its renowned restaurants but also highlights a range of cuisines available throughout all three destinations.
Malta has become a renowned gastronomic destination, with its varied cuisine being shaped by the many civilisations that have settled on these beautiful islands. To honour this diverse culinary heritage, the Malta Tourism Authority is actively promoting local restaurants, which remain faithful to traditional methods while also embracing modern tastes and trends. An exciting blend of past and present can be found in every bite!
Sliema's Fernandõ Gastrotheque has achieved a highly acclaimed Michelin Star status in the world of gastronomy. Now part of five renowned restaurants to retain their star rating, this exclusive club includes Under Grain and Noni from Valletta; ION – The Harbour also based in Malta’s capital city; De Mondion located within Mdina walls and Bahia situated in Balzan.
Five new and highly acclaimed restaurants have been added to the Michelin Guide Malta 2023 selection, bringing its total recommended establishments up to an impressive 35. From Giuseppi's in Naxxar, Loa in St Paul’s Bay, Grotto Tavern in Rabat, Legligin right by Valletta city centre and Rosamì in St Julian’s – giving epicureans a wealth of culinary options!
Four restaurants in Malta boast the prestigious title of Bib Gourmand, embodying excellence in both taste and value. Terrone resonates authentic Maltese flavours to tantalise your palate; Commando serves up traditional Maltese dishes with a modern twist; Grain Street will satisfy whatever craving you have with its variety of delectable meals; while Rubino brings out classic favourites that are sure to enchant any foodie's heart!
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: “For this fourth MICHELIN Guide Malta selection, we are very proud to welcome a new restaurant to the large family of MICHELIN Stars. The development of the Maltese culinary scene is extremely exciting, with the selection of an additional 5 new restaurants that take their inspiration from the Mediterranean region, yet without holding back on the occasional touch of fusion to surprise and delight gourmets. Whether for its UNESCO designated heritage, its status as a Mediterranean crossroads, its ancient history or its colorful and joyful cuisine, Malta has everything needed to seduce travelers.”
Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo outlined: “The attraction of greater quantities of independent tourists has presented huge opportunities and increased business for the local catering industry. Malta’s hospitality community needs to continue striving on inducing even more expenditure and activity into their sector. Our Tourism Strategy to 2030 places a strong emphasis on sustainability, quality, authenticity and a stronger link with what makes the Maltese Islands a diverse and unique destination. The gastronomic experience is integral to the reaching of these objectives. Therefore, we need to work harder in a creative manner towards a gastronomic offer which truly emphasises excellence in Malta’s culinary menu.”
CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, Mr. Carlo Micallef said, “Today, with the announcement by Michelin, we are seeing the results of the endless dedication that our restauranteurs are offering for a steady recovery in our tourism industry. As the Malta Tourism Authority, we are working together with industry partners to achieve one common goal, to keep tourism on the forefront of the Maltese economy. We are proud to say that Malta has retained the Michelin Guide for the fourth year which is instrumental in attracting quality tourism to our islands. On behalf of the Authority, I would like to thank all those involved in the sector, the staff working in our Islands’ catering sector, investors, Ministry for Tourism and the staff at MTA, that together strive for tourism success.”
The Malta Michelin Guide provides travellers as well as local gourmands with a perfect opportunity to embark on a foodie adventure and discover the unique flavours that mark Malta, Gozo and Comino’s rich cultural history. With its delicious offerings, innovative techniques, and highest standards of excellence, this guide celebrates locally-sourced ingredients and regional gastronomy like never before. Be sure to consult this new guide and embark on a gastronomic journey as you explore these sun-kissed paradises — you won't be disappointed!