Malta Restaurant Review – Wednesday 30th December 2015
LW and I went to Dine @ 33 in St Paul’s Bay for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The ambiance, décor, service and food were all spot on.
The restaurant is accessed up some fairly narrow stairs and is spread over two floors, or three if you count the roof terrace that is open in summer. The restaurant is pretty and bright with white walls and white and blue dressed tables. I liked the giant red wine glasses, more like large brandy snifters.
To give you an idea of the food, I started with breaded goats cheese which was served with an apple and fig chutney and a couple of tasty purees. For my main, pork belly with a jus and purees and accompanied by roasted potatoes and vegetables. LW had rabbit liver parfait followed by sous-vide lamb rump with a lentil salad. It was all delicious and we would have any of it again.
The presentation of the food is quite “cheffy” and it arrives on slate plates but is none the worse for that. Dine @ 33 is a place to go for something a bit special without being pretentious. Our food cost just under €60.
I thoroughly recommend Dine @ 33 but with two caveats. First, if you are vegetarian, you’ll have no choices. Goats cheese is your only starter option. And a pear and gorgonzola salad is your only main course option. (The menu does normally include a vegetarian pasta dish but it was crossed off the night we were there.) Second, apart from goats cheese, your starter options are calamari, prawns, snails, mussels and rabbit. I think a lot of people, like me, will struggle with those choices.