The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants announce Malta’s restaurant awards

de Mondion Restaurant, has won the top overall Restaurant Award, and scored the highest for Food, Service and Ambience for Malta on the basis of food, service and ambience this year in the annual survey conducted by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants supported by MTA, HSBC and Marsovin.

Parliamentary secretary Mario de Marco presented Tarragon's chef patron Marvin Gauci and chef Michael Sultana with Awards for Best Business Entertainment and Most Romantic Restaurant
Parliamentary secretary Mario de Marco presented Tarragon's chef patron Marvin Gauci and chef Michael Sultana with Awards for Best Business Entertainment and Most Romantic Restaurant

More than 1,700 regular diners took part in the survey - the largest response to-date, voting for their favourite restaurants on the islands. As respondents eat out at least twice a week on average, this is the equivalent of more than 176,800 individual dining experiences. The 2012 edition sees 22 new restaurants entering the Guide including an increase in Malta Artisan Cuisine restaurants.

The results were revealed on 5 December when parliamentary secreatary Mario de Marco presented awards supplied by Continental Purchasing on behalf of Villeroy & Boch at the Guide's Gala Dinner - which has established itself over the last eleven years as the most prestigious food event in Malta and the equivalent of the 'Oscars for Restaurants'- at the Grand Ballroom, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands.

The Guide and the updated version with the latest survey results of www.restaurantsmalta.com were also launched on the evening.  Lisa Grech, Managing Director said of the Guide "we are delighted that 12 years on we are still considered to be the number one restaurant guide in Malta for objectivity and comprehensiveness. The Guide is survey based guaranteeing that the information is objective and impartial. It means that restaurant-goers who otherwise might feel uncomfortable voicing their thoughts to the restaurateur can feel more comfortable participating in a survey".

The restaurants that received Restaurant Awards based on food, service, ambience and overall ratings (in order from top rated) were:

de Mondion

Blue Elephant

Oceana

Grill 3301

Palazzo Parisio and Gardens - The Luna Collection

The Arches

The Edge

Taste

Medina

Bottega del Vino

Patrick's Tmun

Sa Re Ga Ma

Quadro

Tarragon

TemptAsian

Tartarun

Pulitos

Hibiki

Nuvo

Gazebo

The Terrace

Ta' Karolina

Kon Tiki

Buffalo Bill's

Ristorante Tigne

Ta' Frenc

Shiva's

Nargile

Can Thai

Spice Island

Le Luci Di Marsascala

The Lord Nelson

Essence

Zest

Sciacca

Rebekah's

La Mère

Villa Brasserie

The Boat House

Al Molo

Zeri's

 

Additional awards were made to

  • Best Maltese Food (sponsored by Ministry for Tourism) - Ta'Marija
  • Best Business Entertainment (sponsored by Pendergardens) - Tarragon
  • Most Romantic Restaurant (sponsored by Gaudex Wines of Attard & Co) - Tarragon.
  • Best Children-Friendly (sponsored by the Malta Baby & Kids Directory) - Mamma Mia.
  • Best Restaurant offering Vegetarian options (sponsored by Good Earth Ltd) - Da Marina
  • Best Restroom (sponsored by Calmic Hygiene Services) - Blue Elephant.
  • Best Value for Money - Mamma Mia
  • Best Service (sponsored by Charles Grech) - de Mondion
  • Best Ambience - Palazzo Parisio and Gardens - The Luna Collection

 

Patrick's Tmun wine list was rated for two awards including "The People's Choice" wine list rated from the survey, best "Presentation & Accessibility" wine list and best "Overall" wine list. Ta'Frenc wine list was voted best for "fine wines" and The Arches had the best list of "Maltese wines". The wine awards were supported by Marsovin, who, with MTA and HSBC, support the Guide.

The results of the Restaurant Survey can be found in the 2012 edition of The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo now available online at www.restaurantsmalta.com which will also entitle you to a free subscription and the Guide online.  It is also available at leading stationers and bookshops in Malta & Gozo.

 

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