Home is the place where one
eats best. So much is true. But with a little bit of attention and
following the advise of friends, one can always find good substitutes
to mum’s kitchen. When one is on holiday one is usually more gastronomically
adventurous than usual and so one would be more willing to try out
things which never would have passed the mind way back at home.
Many animal lovers usually frown upon the mention of one of Malta’s
most favourite dishes. Rabbits are usually kept as pets, it is true,
and to be honest there are people in Malta who would not as much
look at a plate of rabbit stew. The trick in such dishes is the
sauce. One can either have rabbit in tomato sauce, preceeded by
a plate of spaghetti, or one can have rabbit in garlic sauce. Both
are equally good.
Most of Maltese food is typically Mediterranean.
However it is not surprising that the influx of so many different
dominant cultures have left a mark on Maltese gastronomical tastes
as well. Most fish which inhabit the nearby waters find themselves
served on plates. Fish are usually fresh and absolutely mouth-watering.
Restaurants serve tuna, swordfish, lobsters, octopus and the famous
“lampuki” (known in English as dorado).
Eating fish in a good restaurant
is an absolute must.
One can find good restaurant guides and decide accordingly. Many hoteliers
buy fish directly from fishermen so it is very probable that the fish
which is served is very very fresh. If you’re in Malta during the ‘lampuki’
season make sure to ask for a ‘lampuki’ pie. It is the ‘fish’ equivalent
of the steak and kidney and is enjoyed by one and all.
The best thing about food in Malta is that, by European standards, it
is extremely cheap.