La Capanna, Marsaxlokk

La Capanna low res

Malta Restaurant Review – Friday 25th September 2015

We met some friends for lunch at this restaurant on Friday. They had chosen it on the recommendation of a local friend of theirs. La Capanna is a Mediterranean restaurant specialising in fresh fish and seafood.

The restaurant is situated on the road that runs along Marsaxlokk’s promenade, opposite the somewhat tatty tourist market. It has a few tables on the outside pavement, but most of the seating is inside, in the comfortable air conditioning. The room has a traditional if somewhat muted feel with tables dressed in yellow and orange linen. There were a few diners seated outside but for most of the time we (four) were the only diners inside. Despite being so quiet, the service was patchy, albeit friendly. The wine took forever to arrive and Pal gave up asking for mayonnaise. The toilets were clean and, unusually for Malta, hot water came out of the hot water tap!

The menu offers a fairly wide range of fish and seafood dishes, as you would expect, and there are some choices for non-fish eaters too. The food was unremarkable at best. I had spaghetti Siciliana and the spaghetti was undercooked, not just al dente, but the sauce was good. LW and Pal both had moules which were too salty and frites which were okay. Our other friend had a gluten-free pasta dish which was tasty but apparently the pasta wasn’t particularly well cooked.

With half a bottle of wine each and sparkling water the bill came to €95 including service. La Capanna didn’t live up to expectations but we will manage our disappointment. After all, there are a lot of other restaurants to choose from in Marsaxlokk.