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The Definitive(ly) Good Guide To Restaurant Awards Gala Dinner

Malta Independent Sunday, 19 December 2004, 00:00 Last update: about 10 years ago

The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co held its annual Restaurant Award Ceremony Gala Dinner together with the launch of the latest edition - 5th Anniversary of the Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo at the Radisson SAS Bay Point Resort last Monday.

This prestigious event, serving fine food catered by Radisson SAS Bay Point Resort and wines supplied by Emmanuel Delicata Winemakers Ltd, was the occasion when the top 38 survey rated restaurants, voted from the 2004 Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants Survey, were presented with commemorative plates by MHRA president Justin Zammit Tabona, standing in for Minister for Tourism and Culture Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, who left after delivering his speech, due to other commitments.

Award restaurants are chosen from the highest rated restaurants, both overall, and in the various price categories for Malta and Gozo. This takes into account not only the overall rating, but also individual food, service and ambience ratings, the number of people rating, value for money, comments and other data from the survey. Mange Tout scored highest for food, The Arches, The Blue Elephant, Qui-si-Sana and The Terrace rated joint top for service; The Blue Elephant rated top for ambience and joint overall winners were The Blue Elephant, Mange Tout and The Terrace. Awards were given to the following restaurants in Malta and Gozo: -


The Blue Elephant – Hilton

Mange Tout

Terrace –The Westin

Oceana – Hilton

The Medina

The Arches

Bottego del Vino – Hilton

Pembroke – ITS



Phoenix – Le Méridien Phoenicia

Qui-si-Sana – Fortina Spa Resort

Zest – Hotel Juliani

The Lord Nelson

The Carriage

Corinthia Room – Corinthia Palace

Ta’ Marija


FraMartina – Corinthia San Gorg

Frejgatina – Corinthia San Gorg



Rickshaw – Corinthia Palace

Bufallo Bill’s

Kon Tiki – Radisson SAS

Bayview – Corinthia Marina

Mezé – Hotel Juliani

La Sibylle – Dolmen Resort Hotel

Le Bistro – Radisson SAS

Da Pippo

Bouzouki 11

De Mondion – Xara Palace, Relais & Chateaux

Eastern Breeze – Intercontinental

The Avenue


Il Carrubo – Hotel Ta Cenc

It-Tmun 11- Victoria

Ta’ Frenc

L’Imgarr Hotel Restaurant

Additional awards were also given to the Best Maltese Food Restaurant – Ta’Marija – sponsored by the Ministry for Tourism and Culture; the top rated Business Entertainment restaurant – The Carriage - sponsored by Michael Attard Ltd; Most Romantic Restaurant -The Blue Elephant – sponsored by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co; Best Value for Money – The Avenue – sponsored by Medairco; ‘Most Children Friendly’ Restaurant – The Avenue – sponsored by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co and the Best Restaurant Restroom Award – The Blue Elephant – sponsored by Josies Bathroom & Tile Centre.

For the first year The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co., in association with Emmanuel Delicata Winemakers, presented five Wine Awards to highlight the best wine lists in Malta and Gozo. The top rated restaurants were invited to enter their wine lists for consideration for five wine awards. An impressive 54 restaurants entered their wine lists which were judged according to different criteria. Restaurant Wine Awards presented included ‘The People’s Choice’ award which goes to the top rated survey restaurant wine list presented to The Arches; Best Overall Wine list – It Tmun 11 Victoria, Gozo; Fine Wine List – It Tmun 11 Victoria, Gozo; Largest Wine list – The Arches and Wine List Presentation and Accessibility – Zest, Hotel Juliani.

The 5th edition of the Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo includes the results of the 2004 restaurant survey received from over 600 regular restaurant enthusiasts who eat out on average twice a week – equivalent to 60,000 dining experiences.

Among the 54 changes in the list of 150 restaurants (out of over 1000 restaurants in the Maltese Islands), there are 28 new additional restaurants and 26 who no longer are in the guide and who were listed last year. This follows the normal pattern of roughly 20 per cent of restaurants exiting the guide and being replaced by new ones.

Buyers of the guide will be encouraged to join the “Club” of reviewers by registering for the

next survey and sending in their ratings and comments. As in previous editions, the guide costs Lm3.95 and includes Lm4 worth of restaurant vouchers as well as the

opportunity to earn Kmiles with Flypass.

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