This century old schooner makes for an imposing landmark in the exquisite surrounding neighbourhood. Gracing the Ta’ Xbiex Seafront and overlooking Manoel Island and the bastions of Valletta this beautiful ship, crafted at the turn of the nineteenth century has endured the test of time. Turned into a restaurant three decades ago, The Black Pearl is a most fitting addition to the Ferretti Catering brand. Stroll along the harbour promenade and step into the mystic atmosphere of this unique eaterie. Set on the upper deck, the choice of whether to cosy up indoors or enjoy the stunning vistas from the terrace is not an easy one to make. Multinational front-of-house servers lend a touch of the exotic to the proceedings.
Try their signature cocktail, a bitter-sweet blend of honey infused lemongrass tea and Aperol set to become a firm favourite. The langoustine bisque starter with diced zucchini is exquisite both in presentation and execution. Citrus sharpness elevates the flavour of their spaghetti with clam special. Tender beef cheeks topped with crispy rashers of sweet potatoe are a carnivorous treat, served with a smidgen of pumpkin puree on a bed of moreish mash and peas. Paella is an feast for the eyes before even hitting the palette. Soak up the atmosphere of the marina while rounding off the magical experience with a chocolate cookie mousse, a delicious mix of crunchy and silky smoothness.