Il Kartell (Gourmet Chick in Malta)

The best meal that we had in Malta was at Il Kartell in the tiny sea side town of Marsalform on the island of Gozo. Malta is split into two islands, the main island of Malta and the quieter less developed island of Gozo. When I say that this was the best meal we had in Malta, you can give me some benefit of the doubt as, although Malta is, in the words of Lonely Planet “not a foodie destination”, I am an unashamed foodie and so we had eaten our way around Malta from Vittoria to Marsalform.

We just popped into Il Kartell for a casual dinner and a beer. It is perched right on the seafront on Marsalform and waves crashed against the rocks in front of the restaurant. The atmosphere, was nothing flash but very homely. The restaurant is made out of old boathouses and old wine barrels are used occasionally as tables. On a cold Easter night the place was packed and they had to squeeze us in to seats near the door.

Regardless of the drafty door and the slightly negligent service our simple seafood meal was delicious. MTV boyfriend had the grilled stone fish. It was unadorned and fairly basic but cooked to melt in the mouth perfection. I opted for the house speciality of fish marinated in white wine and herbs. Perhaps the best option for Maltese wine is that it is used as a marinade, and it certainly paid off in this instance. The flavours were delicate and managed to complement the fish without overpowering it.

Details: Tirq il-Port, Marsalform, Gozo, Malta
Damage: Such a bargain that my mother would approve


Other tips for Malta:

Try the traditional Maltese snack of Pastizza, you will find them in little glass pie warmers outside coffee shops. A blend of flaky pastry and ricotta cheese or peas they are like mini pasties – delicious.

Barracuda, Triq Il-Kibira, St Julians serves good seafood.

Xerri il Bukket, Triz iz -Zewwiga, Qala has amazing views and is a great place to have a drink and watch the ferries traverse between Malta and Gozo.












  1. Oh my gosh, you have mentioned my two favourite restaurants in Gozo. I love the seafood there – if you are ever there in September, make sure you try the local lampuki. Mmm…

  2. Sounds like you are a local or at least a regular visitor Laura? Glad that you approve!

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