Almost as much of an institution as the Silent City itself, of which it occupies an impressive six percent footprint, Bacchus Restaurant Mdina has stood the test of time. Housed in a marvellous former gunpowder chamber its medieval walls are steeped in history. Proudly maintaining its original features, the lush greenery of plants set against the backdrop of the weathered brick walls lead you down a private path way. Upon entering, the perfumed air is perfectly in sync with the wrought iron gates, mood lighting, impressive structural flower displays and golden damask covered chairs which set the tone for occasion fine dining. Staff are professional and polite with polished service skills.
The comprehensive menu combines elements of classical dishes with twists of local elements. For starters the Pomegranate preserved salmon with crumbled fresh local ricotta cheese, infused thyme honey and nutty olive bread is delightful. The Belgian fresh Veal chop with local dark ale marinade, toasted zucchini and flaked almonds is an adventurous combination that will tempt you. Or go for a middle-eastern flavour with the poached grey meagre served with Israel couscous tabbouleh and roasted flaked almonds. Conclude with the warm pumpkin walnut cake with candied orange and sauce anglaise. Or enjoy the more traditional ‘Imqaret’ fried dates parcel with carob syrup and biscotto ice-cream. An extensive wine list comprising award winning local vintages complements this culinary experience.