Meander through Mdina’s typical winding alleyways before entering the lush internal courtyard of The Medina where fine dining awaits. Calming greenery covers the limestone walls as water trickles soothingly from the stone font, under the cover of a clever retractable roof. The venerable Maitre D’ is as much part of the ambience as the patterned floor tiles and honey hued archways. Its recent acquisition by the eminent Xara collection, only serves to enhance The Medina’s reputation. Romanesque features of this original Norman residence add to the charm of the delightful dining room.
A mushroom soup amuse bouche works perfectly with homemade lemonade. Advice may be sought when navigating the eclectic wine list where Middle Eastern ranges vie for attention with South American varieties. Sip a prerequisite pre-dinner drink to accompany your sharing platter of crisp baby ‘calamari fritti’ with tartare dip. Scallop ceviche, on cauliflower veloute, artfully arranged on a transparent platter, is a flavoursome delight. The blushing pink pan seared Bombay Duck breast laid on a bed of spiced lentils topped with crunchy kale is cooked to perfection. Redefining cottage pie is served with The Medina’s finely sliced sous vide lamb rump with Jerusalem artichokes. Sweeten your reluctant departure with a bitter chocolate pudding, white chocolate crumble and salted caramel ice-cream.