The Malta Independent 30 May 2024, Thursday
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The Xara Collection and it’s Shining Stars

Monday, 8 April 2024, 14:32 Last update: about 3 months ago

In this year's edition of the Michelin Guide, the Xara Collection stands as a beacon of culinary excellence, boasting a glittering portfolio of Michelin stars and Michelin-recommended restaurants. From the streets of Mdina to the stunning views of Balluta bay, each establishment within the Xara Collection offers a culinary journey like no other.

Among the stars that adorn the collection, one shines particularly bright this year; the Michelin star achieved by Rosami at the Villa, in Balluta Bay. Despite being in existence for less than two years, Rosami has quickly risen to prominence under the visionary leadership of Rosami Head Chef Cliff Borg. This year, Chef Cliff and his culinary brigade have achieved a remarkable feat, earning Rosami its first Michelin star. Among the starred restaurants bestowed with this prestigious accolade, Rosami stands alone as the sole new entry to the coveted one Michelin star list. With a focus on seasonal ingredients sourced fresh from the Xara Gardens, Rosami will continue to break down the walls of fine-dining idealism and offer a space to experience exquisite flavours, fragrance and a feast for the senses.

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Commenting on this Rosami Head Chef Cliff; "I was over the moon upon hearing the news of Rosami being awarded a Michelin Star. From day one of creating the Rosami concept, together with my Sous Chef Andrea Amore and the backing of the Xara Collection owners, our goal was to be amongst the top restaurants on the island.

Through hard work and dedication, we have reached our dream and I am very proud of our Rosami team. We will continue to push to provide experiential dining to our guests, trying to wow them every time they visit."

For the fifth consecutive year, de Mondion located within The Xara Palace -Relais & Chateaux, has been awarded the prestigious Michelin star, a testament to its unwavering commitment to culinary excellence. However, this year marks a significant milestone as de Mondion restaurant celebrates 25 years from its first service to guests.

Under Executive Chef Clint Grech's guidance, de Mondion continues to push the boundaries of gastronomy, delighting diners with innovative dishes and impeccable service whilst respecting the elements of local cuisine and sustainably sourced ingredients from local suppliers and from in-house sustainably powerhouse Xara Gardens. 

Executive Chef for The Xara Palace Clint; "At de Mondion, my goal, together with Head Chef Gabriel Caruana, is to take our guests on a culinary journey around our beautiful island. I am honoured to say that with the perseverance and passion from the team; both in the kitchen and service, we can provide such a journey to our diners. I am thrilled that we have retained our Michelin Star for the 5th year in a row, and with the team's hunger to keep building and improving themselves, together with their focus on the details, we will continue aiming at providing memorable journeys. "

While Michelin stars undoubtedly shine brightly, the Xara Collection also takes pride in its restaurants that have earned coveted recommendations in the Michelin Guide. Among them is the Medina restaurant, a beloved establishment nestled within the ancient walls of Mdina. With the culinary expertise of Chef Jonathan Bonello and with the restaurant's charming ambiance and delectable cuisine, the team have proudly retained its recommendation, reaffirming its status as a culinary gem within the Xara Collection.

This undeniable success in the realm of Michelin approved cuisine is a testament to the dedication and passion of its talented chefs and staff. Each establishment within the collection strives for culinary excellence, creating memorable dining experiences that enchant and delight patrons from around the world.

Commenting on the news, Managing Director Justin Zammit Tabona said; "I am overjoyed with the news of the recognition from Michelin for 3 restaurants within the Xara Collection. I am glad de Mondion has treasured its Michelin Star for the 5th year, and I am also especially excited for Rosami gaining its first star. I am very impressed with our restaurants for delivering unique experiences to our clients. As a collection, we take pride in constantly trying to push gastronomic boundaries and creating moments through the menus and service we offer.

I would like to take this opportunity in congratulating our teams and thanking our patrons for their continuous support."

As the culinary landscape continues to evolve, the Xara Collection remains at the forefront of innovation and gastronomic prowess. With its glittering portfolio of Michelin stars and recommendations, the collection continues to captivate the hearts and palates of discerning diners.

 


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