Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sottoveno Restaurant, Birgu

After visiting the Inquisitor's Palace and Maritime Museum we lunched at Sottoveno restaurant at the Birgu marina on Saturday afternoon. This was a pretty average restaurant - average food, average prices, and slow average service.

When people complain about slow service in Malta, and in Europe generally, I tend to take it with a grain of salt. That's just the serving style here: relaxed, leisurely, perhaps bordering on careless. Sure, it's different from Canada, the US, and UK, but eating out in Europe is an event. An hours long, leisurely event. Slow service forces you to slow down, and sometimes that's a good thing.

We do like to have our bill right after we are done eating so we can pay when we're ready (it's just what we are used to in Canada) but we've actually had servers in Maltese restaurants tell us to sit, relax, enjoy, and pay later. It's a compliment to the atmosphere of the establishment, and the food, when you don't rush out the door. We're getting used to it and learning that it's actually quite nice.

That being said, if you like quick service Sottoveno simply isn't the place for you. We did wait fifteen minutes just to get a menu. But the food was fine and our bill came to around 22 Euro for a glass of foreign white, a local pint, bruschetta and an Italian cold cuts platter.

If you're interested in checking out Sottoveno give yourself an extra 30 minutes to an hour to account for this. Just schedule the extra time into your calendar as time taken to enjoy the view - Sottoveno and looks out onto the bobbing boats in Birgu's marina and Valletta's beautiful bastions.

- Jess

bruschetta (cold style)

italian platter

1 comment :

  1. Goodness gracious this looks delicious! I love the slow European way of eating out!


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