Ta’ Xbiex Water Polo Club Bistro | The summer is magic

Summer time finally feels like its here and how better to celebrate it than to sit outside on the water’s edge, sipping white wine and feasting on the treasures the sea has to offer.

The Ta’ Xbiex Water Polo Club Bistro is the perfect spot for summer dining at the water’s edge
The Ta’ Xbiex Water Polo Club Bistro is the perfect spot for summer dining at the water’s edge

The Ta' Xbiex Water Polo Club Bistro is the perfect spot for a summery meal, whether lunch or dinner, quick or lengthy.

After driving by at least twice a day we finally managed to get ourselves together and organise a table for Sunday lunch. Owner Nicky Gatt has got fast food down to a T, churning out fantastic Mexican tacos, pizzas and burger from Amigos, but whether he could do as well with a more up-market restaurant we had to see for ourselves. 

The club has finally got a well-deserved re-vamp. Located in the most fantastic spot the water polo club offers stunning views of the entrance to Sliema Creek and the Ta' Xbiex yacht marina. The angle of the restaurant is so completely perfect that the horrors of modern day architecture are removed from sight and you get to see are the beautiful baroque Valletta bastions and the bright blue Mediterranean sea.

There is some seating inside, though the best place to be is on the terrace outside. Large umbrellas protect you from the sun and the gentle breeze coming off the sea makes for a perfect spring afternoon and a cool summer evening. We sat at a long table outside and were served with drinks, and complimentary foccaccia while we waited for everyone to arrive.

The menu offers a vast selection of pizzas, pasta, salads and grilled meats and fish, complemented by an extensive wine list with wines from all over the world. The wine list even includes a list of premium wines courtesy of Charles Grech, offering the most fashionable wines at great value for money.

We decided on mixed starters to share where we went for a selection of fish starters that included delicious neonati fritti, an octopus salad that was as tasty as it was tender, and mixed calamari and prawns.

For mains it was mostly a selection of fresh fish, al cartoccio or al sale or pasta dishes - also with fish. The fish was tasty and simply cooked to allow the subtle flavours of fresh fish to come through, the pasta was also al dente with fishy sauces that were simple yet tasty.

Although we stuck to fish, I would very much like to return to try the meatier dishes on the menu, which looked just as good as they sailed by to other tables, as our fish.

There is no dessert menu but a display of homemade desserts that are strategically placed at the entrance of the restaurant so that you know to leave room for them.

The restaurant doesn't have an official lunch and dinner style service, and will serve a full meal at any time of day - perfect for those busy souls who somehow let lunchtime slip by and can't seem to wait a couple of hours until dinner service.

Though we had a long and boozy lunch, the Ta' Xbiex Water Polo Club Bistro is just as good for a quick and casual meal. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of the fresh ingredients served up in one of Malta's nicest spots then get down there and feel the summer.

The Ta' Xbiex Water polo Club Bistro is open all day every day, from Monday to Sunday.

Address: Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Ta' Xbiex

Contact: 27330144