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US$12 - US$70
Seafood, Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 12 September 2021 via mobile

My second visit and first for my wife. Food options are great. The food is well prepared an tastes excellent. We had three courses and a lovely bottle of Sancerre. Total price €126 (it was our anniversary!)

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 10 September 2021

A small restaurant, with an amazing view of Filfla and the surrounding sea, and with a mouth-watering menu that changes often. You will surely not regret visiting this hidden gem.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 September 2021 via mobile

Hidden treasure of Malta. The place is beautiful and has a charming terrace with a seaview. Food was outstanding and truly unique. I ordered boar gnocchi, and crudi ( raw octopus, prawn and smoked eel). Everything was delicious and beautifully served. Great wine list. Highly...recommend, especially for people looking for something special, not a typical tourists trap.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021 via mobile

Really disappointing. We read all these positive reviews and were really looking forward to coming here, and instead the food was really mediocre, the wine was terrible and it was extremely expensive for the experience. Honestly I wouldn't recommend it

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 25 July 2021

The view from the rooftop seating in this restaurant is staggering. The food is great and the service smiling and fast. The menu changes daily and the waiters were very helpful going through the menu and explaining the dishes in detail. The wild boar pasta...dish I got was absolutely deliciousMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Patrick B, Owner at ALKA Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

Thanks for your review, it was our pleasure hosting you 😀

Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

I class this as the best specialist seafood restaurant of its type in Malta. Everything from its location to its staff attentiveness to its fabulous food.

Date of visit: June 2021
Patrick B, Owner at ALKA Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

Thanks for your review, it was our pleasure hosting you 😀

Reviewed 23 July 2021

The first thing that draws one to this restaurant is its marvellous 3rd floor roof position overlooking the sea across to Filfla island. It’s worth going here just for the view, especially at sunset. But, the food is also astonishing! Examples: fine-cut seared tuna, gnocchi...infused with truffles, octopus ceviche, and surprisingly some of the best oysters I’ve ever eaten. The staff are delightful and pleasant, happy to add a few extras (such as a salad not on the menu), and generally the atmosphere is happy and relaxed. There were seven of us, all asking for different things, and the restaurant was quite busy; nevertheless the service was swift and efficient. A lovely place, can’t wait to go back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Patrick B, Owner at ALKA Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2021

Thanks for your review, it was our pleasure hosting you 😀

Reviewed 16 July 2021 via mobile

The view adds to the experience ask for the terrace as you’ll have a great seascape to look over. The blue grotto boats ferrying to and fro are like ants maybe the sightseers should be emmets as the Cornish call tourists! Anyway back to the...restaurant despite a hiccup with the booking tables were rearranged and we were soon seated. The cured beef starter fed us both and just as well my dining partner decided to stick to a main. The seafood main was great what a selection of really well prepared ingredients and the pasta of wild boar ragu was excellent. Definitely coming back with my family when they can visit Malta once again.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 5 July 2021

I have never met a person who has such a strange appetite as I have. Most days I wake up craving food and on other days I have to force myself to eat something. I’m not sure if it is stress-related or just some kind...of strange metabolism, but there are no two days that are the same! Today was one of those days when I woke up with a craving for food and being on holiday and it is too fricken hot to cook, I decided that my wife and I should make it an easy day and enjoy our lunch at one of my most favourite restaurants which is Alka. Alka is situated n on your way down to Wied iz Zurrieq. The restaurant is a converted seaside townhouse split into a rather compact dining area indoor and a lovely covered rooftop terrace with an open kitchen that has been ever so tastefully done up, retaining as many of the original features of the house, adding discreet decorations and homely treatment. The result is a very pretty and welcoming space in the informal tradition. We made our way up the stairs to the terrace and we are greeted by the man who is the owner and with his wife, he runs the dining area. Even if he is wearing a mask due to covid, he seals the feeling that you’re welcome here. He brings a smile and an eagerness to find the most appropriate table, moves the large board on which the daily menu is scribbled, and provides a description of the chef's speciality of the day. He’s evidently very acquainted with the food so he helps with queries and recommendations. The focus is on a handful of dishes that, once again in an informal style, take a traditional dish and gently improvise on it in accordance with the chef’s desires using seasonal ingredients. A basket of fresh, still warm, homemade bread, and a totally delightful taramasalata, an olive tapenade and a lovely bottle of Gozitan olive oil, were at our table within minutes and, soon after, we both dug in. I opted for oysters and crudi for starters and my wife chose the burrata. Our starters took about 15 minutes, to arrive. My platter, pretty in display and even prettier in content, is made exclusively of raw seafood. There are two oysters, octopus, mackerel, wild salmon and eel carpaccio garnished with sweet pickled radishes. Served with homemade harissa and crushed red pepper The freshness of everything on the dish made my mouth water and I found myself wishing I’d ordered more of this as a main course. I used to think that I knew all about cooking and restaurant life until I was served this appetizer. The taste of the fresh ingredients made me realize how much I missed out on! My other’s half, Burrata was not only a joy to look at but was served with a different kind of accompaniments which are very uncommon like a Tara masala green peppers caponata and smoked sun-dried tomatoes but the star of the show was the fresh burrata which just melts in the mouth. As for mains I opted for a seafood platter which consisted of filleted grilled fish, prawns in batter and a most lovely pepata di cozze which helped this make it a more accomplished dish, with a spicy harissa broth swishing around plump mussels that had been cooked just to the point where they retain their flavour and texture. The better half had ordered a pasta dish as mains. The choice fell on a Gnocchi with wild boar, funghi porcini and gorgonzola cheese. Again, I have to raise my hat to the chef as regards the choice of ingredients which just make this dish so special that one has to lick the plate clean. The wild boar meat and funghi porcini make this dish very distinctive in taste and gorgonzola cheese adds a lovely creamy flavour to it. It’s a fantastic and heart-warming dish, yes that sauce and warm bread it's orgasmic. After such a lovely choice of ingredients combination, I had to leave the suggestion of dessert to the owner knowing that I can trust his taste and that of the amazing chef to bring out their best. And I did not regret my idea because we were served a variety of sweets that looked too nice to eat but we still couldn’t help but dig in. The platter consisted of 3 different homemade desserts; a lovely crunchy cannolo with fresh goat ricotta, a maqrut stuffed with an apple compote and a creamy 3 type of chocolate mousse. My list of requirements is actually not a tall order. I’m not one who is up for foie gras and truffles on the same night, every night of the week. I love a happy combination of a few ingredients that have been properly sourced. I also have no shame admitting that I can’t afford to eat truffles or foie gras several times a week. I do like to be treated well, but not fussed over. I’d like a decent view while I’m eating, and I’d like a menu that can keep me guessing or with enough variety to keep things interesting upon repeat visits. Yet, despite the relative humility of my list of asks, it is not easy to find restaurants on our shores that line everything up. If the food is good, it can be quite boring. If it is a little different, then I’m usually sacrificing location or paying more than I’d like to. If I stamp my feet and scream that I want it all, I’m kicked onto the street for causing a racket. Alka Mediterranean restaurant seemed to have listened to my humble list of requirements and decided they wouldn’t kick me out for wanting it all – they’d simply deliver. They’ve got the menu and a kitchen that can quite capably prepare it, they’ve got the view, and they’ve worked out a whole stunning experience to match.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Patrick B, Owner at ALKA Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2021

Thanks for your review, it was our pleasure hosting you 😀

Reviewed 2 July 2021 via mobile

The food was excellent, the staff were very friendly and took time to explain the dishes. We had the seared tuna which was the best we’ve ever had. The portions were generous. The roof restaurant had a very nice atmosphere and the view was gorgeous.

Date of visit: May 2021
Patrick B, Owner at ALKA Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2021

Thanks for your review, it was our pleasure hosting you 😀

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5