Lovage is a true diamond in the rough, and has earned its place as a staple in this guide. Its simple, modern styling, is gleamingly clean with well chosen wall textures, blinds, linens and unusual cutlery providing unique details. Service is attentive and friendly. The end result is a smart yet casual bistro, ideal for a night out with friends or for a romantic dinner option for couples.
The menu changes twice a year and comprises a selection of starters, pasta dishes, mains and dessert, well presented in a sleek photo book format. It is further enhanced by an amazing array of specials that change daily as Chef Matthew Schembri finds inspirational ingredients. It’s all about fresh ingredients, perfect cooking, clever seasoning and a great balance of flavours. The same care is given to presentation, which is both beautiful and unpretentious. Start with the carnaroli risotto with black truffle topped with baked casutin cheese. Mains include braised local pork belly with apple and beer purée, crushed hazelnuts and jus, or try the fresh, one kilo rib-eye cooked on the bone to share and topped with two onion rings. Conclude with a warm, mixed nuts tartlet topped with chocolate ice cream. Lovage continues to prove itself a great place to treat your taste buds without punishing your waistline.