Valletta is the capital city of Malta, also recently awarded the status of “European Capital of Culture 2018“. Not only is it full of beautiful baroque architecture it’s also a really great place to go for for scrumptious food.
Spoilt for choice it can be hard to choose a venue, so when a friend posted a photo to facebook of a beautifully presented plate of deliciousness I had to put it on my restaurant “To Do” list. Luckily for you readers that list is rather endless, so expect regular foodie features on this blog.
I am no food critic and this blog is not a place where I will share bad reviews, I am a self confessed food lover and I want to highlight some of the amazing establishments that I come across. Salvino’s is one of those jewels, currently under new management so if you have visited in the past be sure to visit it again.
Situated next to St. Georges Square (in front of the police station) is this chic, charming & rustic restaurant. Typical Maltese stone walls and chalk board menus, small and bustling with Maltese families.
The waitress sat us down and asked if we would like to see the wine list. She brought over a little chalk board which had white on one side and red on the other, the prosecco caught my eye I have been favouring sparkling wine recently.
The prosecco had a lovely subtle flavour, easy to drink with a citrus hint, which would compliment our meal beautifully. We skipped starters and ordered mains. I ordered the “Rack of Veal” and my partner the “Rack of Lamb“. Whilst we were waiting the waitress brought over a basket of fresh bread and olives.
The bread was delicious, don’t you love it when bread is covered in sesame seeds? I am a fanatic for freshly baked bread although so not to fill up we shared one with a slathering of butter. I am so glad we stopped at one because when our mains arrived my jaw dropped. These are portions for hungry people!
Rack of Veal & Rack of Lamb with roasted vegetables.
The presentation was aesthetically pleasing, with the roasted veg layered under the meat.
The veal was tender and cooked perfectly, delicate and succulent. The texture was soft and easy to cut. There was no over powering sauce or gravy to distract from the flavour. I very rarely order veal but I am so glad I did, it was one of the dishes recommended to me as their speciality and it was absolutely divine.
The Lamb was equally impressive, with a slightly peppery taste the meat was also soft, tender and easy to remove from the bone. Lamb is a meat that can often taste quite dry but this was truly mouthwatering, not over cooked and also with no sauces or gravies to distract from the taste.
The roasted vegetables were crisp, I really enjoyed the marrows where as my partner loved the aubergine. The waitress had forgotten to bring us roast potatoes, which actually was better for us, since the portion sizes were large they would have gone to waste.
When who I presume to be the manager (or owner) noticed that the potatoes were missing he apologised profusely and made sure to comment that we should have a discount added to our bill. It was a nice gesture and we told the gentleman that it really was ok, that we are extremely happy and not to worry about it, he insisted that it shouldn’t have happened and how sorry they are.
Customer service goes a long way and the manners and actions of the staff at Salvino’s are fantastic.
When another gentleman came to take the plates I asked if I could keep the bone for my dog, he smiled and told me that I will have a very happy doggy and that it’s not a problem at all. Another point for Salvino’s customer service. He then asked if we would like to try something sweet.
We decided that we would get something small to share… After all Sunday lunch is the perfect excuse to go a little crazy, without feeling guilt for doing so, dessert yes please!
Custard Tart & Fruit Flan.
Oooo and Ahhh
Yes this was a seriously impressive dessert to share. The pastry on the tart was firm, the custard sweet and the fruit delectable. I savoured every bite, then I tried the flan which was more savoury and had a slight almond taste to the base. It was scrumptious and something my partner devoured…
I love that when you want something to share they divide it. I then ordered a cappuccino and my partner an amaretto. We stayed talking for a while and then asked for the bill. We were not rushed at all and I really enjoyed my first dining experience at Salvino’s.
The prices for the quality of food was very affordable, I noticed from Facebook that they have an offer for December. Set menus are available upon request and start from €40 including premium wines.
You can find them on Facebook or their Website.
Phone: +356 99490456.
Love Steph x