Steps away from the seafront and beautiful Marsaxlokk parish church, Tartarun is in the perfect place for a stroll before or after your meal. This family-run, fine-dining restaurant combines prime location with sophisticated service, tasteful decor and inspired, artful menu items to create a wonderful dining experience. The modern, creatively-lit bar area is separate from the spacious dining room, which exhibits embellishments such as sepia-toned photographs of the fishing village’s livelihood, large models of ‘luzzus’ (Maltese fishing boats), and dark wooden furniture to match the sizeable wooden beams and sweeping, wooden-framed windows throughout the restaurant.
Tartarun’s menu exhibits original and imaginative seafood dishes with delectable flavours and fascinating textures, not to mention an extensive selection of wines. Oysters on offer pair well with sauces of either pickled grapes and cucumber with ‘marconi 45’ gin or ‘angel’s on horseback’ guanciale with tomato and raisin salsa. Fish snacks and starters range from swordfish ‘tataki’ with soy, cucumber relish and tapioca, to beetroot cured salmon with wasabi and rice crackers, to the ever-popular prawn carpaccio with fleur de sel, micro leaves and a lemon and ‘evoo’ dressing. Pasta options include tagliatelle ‘astice’ with half a lobster, lobster bisque and cream, and for main courses they have both seafood and meat dishes. For Mediterranean authenticity, try the catch of the day prepared to the chef’s recommendation, or perhaps one of the daily specials. If possible, save room for the equally impressive desserts.