Maltese cuisine is a must while in Malta, and Nenu The Artisan Baker wonderfully executes authentic, delicious traditional Maltese food and drink. Its location on one of the quieter street in Valletta, adds to the quaint, homey, rustic ambience that, as the menu states best, “captures the past in the present”. The 100-year-old oven contributes to both the history of the restaurant and the flavour of its artisanal delights, while the airy interior and unique design boast a blend of historic and modern. Service is quick, the staff is attentive and informative, and portions are sized well.
Fresh ingredients are apparent in the simple yet intense flavours of the restaurant’s dishes. The menu includes starters, soups, stews, platters, fish and meat entrèes, pasta, rice, family-style dishes for sharing, and the must-try local ‘ftira’- traditional Maltese bread dough sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with an array of tasty toppings such as the ‘Ta’ Żeppi Ċirwilla’ with thin sliced potatoes, sliced beef, tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Try the rabbit filled ravioli tossed in a rabbit jus flavoured with white wine, tomatoes, onion, garlic and cream or pork and beef stew with peas and potatoes. Even the children’s menu has versatility in its options. Desserts and wines are also regional and delightful, and the Maltese coffee with fresh ground chicory is a perfect conclusion to the experience.