Dinner at Pearl Beach, Malta

Of all the places we were going, we were pretty excited to get to Malta. It was the only night the boat was anchored overnight and we could actually be on land for a night out. Malta, we’re ready for you!

Any great evening starts off with a great dinner. It may not have been a culinary highlight, but damn this place was cool.

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And everyone knows the hour before sunset is the greatest lighting you’ll get. Everyone looked flawless.

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Sorry, you probably didn’t really need a venture into the family album. I’ve got to remember to send these to everyone. I hear new profile pictures going up already.

Back to the food we go.

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I’d nabbed the casual bar menu, which didn’t really apply sadly. What’s all this ‘waiting till dinner’ crap?

At least there were some nibbles to take my mind off it.

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And some drinks. Big drinks.

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After some chit-chatting and sipping of our bubbles (just kidding, more like cackling and fighting for the last of the snacks), we were all seated. What a table.

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Here we go.

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How else are you supposed to start a meal in Malta?

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And what better to go alongside your rosé than food? I know, what a revelation.

The bread was dangerous. I could’ve easily had too many (whether I did or not was debatable).

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And then the starters rolled in. Oh look, everything that I can’t eat. Not a highlight for the veggies, ey?

Things kicked off with Fresh Fish Ceviche w/ Mashed Avocado. Not the most elegantly put, but it looked pretty.

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Next, Local Fresh Prawns in Garlic.

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This was followed by some Marinated Octopus.

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And Calamari Fritti w/ Tarar Sauce, with a cheeky feature from whitebait.

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The one I thought sounded the most exciting was the Lobster & Avocado Fish Cakes, but this was apparently a bit of a let down, which is a shame!

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I think what was enjoyed though was the Duck Spring Rolls w/ Sweet Chilli Sauce.

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I guess I’ll just sit here and eat more bread. Thanks everyone.

I cheered up with my Garganelli w/ Fresh Pesto. Nothing I couldn’t make at home, but I still enjoyed it – carb loading before a night out is the way forward.

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I knew Mum (and others, but especially her) would have the Tagliolini Frutti di Mare w/ Prawns, Mussels & Clams. It’s her favourite.

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There were a couple of fish feature too. Hello to the Fillet of Salmon w/ Asparagus and a Light Herb Dressing.

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And some Grilled Swordish served w/ Gremolata Dressing.

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There was also a Whole Roasted Chicken to Share – free range chicken w/ rosemary.

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Yep, again, not the friendliest veggie place.

Good thing there was the arrival of the CHIPS. Pass them down, Johnny.

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Oh yeah yeah yeah.

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I also spotted some potatoes.

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I also got a side of Broccoli, Almonds & Sweet Chilli to mix into my pasta. Health or what?

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Probably less on the healthy side when you already eye up the ketchup and mayo for your chips to go crazy in.

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As we chowed, we geared up with more drinks.

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After dinner, a waitress brought around a freshly iced bottle of this liquor, as well as frosted shot glasses. Oh lord.

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So… Not for me. Surprise, surprise.

But the general recap – food was good, not a culinary highlight – but it was such a beautiful place. I’d definitely pop over for lunch, lounging and evening drinks. A great stop in Malta! And if you’re up for a night out, Paceville is the place to go.

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