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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A total disappointment. Incredible that a fish restaurant has no fish to serve as a main course. Our only option was pasta. We chose pasta Ricci but unavailable, so we asked for vongole but also unavailable. We settled for 100g of pasta and a bottle...of wine. Paid €55 and went off to an other more welcoming restaurant for deserte and coffee. I am very dubious about any of the positive comments about this restaurant. The arrogance of the owner and the efficiency of the service leave much to be desired.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 10 September 2021

Five stars across the board - I’d give more if I could! Please please DO NOT pay attention to reviews from people that likely enjoy finding fault and apply high street dining rules to local and authentic eateries. We were sat next to just the...kind of people that do this. THEY are the arrogant and rude ones. This restaurant came recommended by a Maltese local and thank goodness it was. Everything about our evening was perfection. The table overlooked the sea and was perfectly laid with a lovely table lamp for ambience (would be perfect for a romantic date). The waitress was the loveliest and sweetest woman, we left wanting her to be our friend. The owner/chef is also a very nice and courteous man, who comes out to greet his guests before and after he cooks and check they are enjoying their food. Like most Maltese restaurants this means food can take a little longer, but good things take time. I can imagine though if you went wanting everything to some unattainable service standard you’d butt heads with him, he’s very matter of fact - but always kind. This is what we liked about him - he has a no nonsense approach to quality food. Thanks to some reviews I thought my mussels were going to be really expensive due to the size….they weren’t. Both the waitress and the owner were unbelievably reassuring and even made a joke of my embarrassing faux pas. So ignore everyone that says portions are small - they’re definitely not! We ordered mussels and octopus, both were delicious. The mussels in particular tasted so fresh and the amount you get is incredibly impressive for the very modest price. Absolutely incredible. We also had the calamari pasta and langoustine pasta to share, both were simple yet mouth-wateringly tasty. The pastas are served in the pan, as this is the tastiest way to eat them and is typically Italian. The pasta was obviously handmade and cooked to perfection with simple Italian ingredients and the freshest seafood. This is the best example of “let the food do the talking”.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 4 September 2021

Yesterday was my third visit to Il Corsaro, and once more it was an exceptional evening. Five of us, we were offered four starters, mainly raw fish and including tuna carpaccio, mussels (shell on), king prawns and an excellent concoction of raw prawns and olives...on home made bread; and afterwards three different pastas, with mussels (shelled), bottarga and linguini. All washed down with two delicious bottles of Pecorino. The flavours in the food were exceptional, delicate and original, not your standard Maltese heavy food for sure; maybe this is what may have put off some less appreciative clients. Simone and his assistant were courteous throughout the evening. Sure, there is no menu in laminated plastic, the list of food is on a chalk board and is complemented by the chef's own suggestions of variations, something which only a good chef with fresh ingredients is able to offer. And the outside dining area, cosy but with marvellous views of the sea, is superb. OK, the prices are not cheap, but in my opinion very compatible with the quality of the food, because in spite of the place's humble ambience this quality is equivalent to that in any posh restaurant with similar or higher prices. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 19 August 2021

My family visited this restaurant recently and were totally ripped off !! Apart from the beautiful view and the great food, the experience was completely ruined when the bill came. We had ordered shared Appetizers, but were pretty much charged as though we ordered each...portion individually. e.g. for 2 dishes of octopus we were charged 75 Euro. Totally insane. Lesson learnt ... Never Again!! Be very careful when you order if you want to avoid a nasty surprise.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Booked for a Thursday evening at 8.30, table outside. Arrived bang on time. Asked for menu, was told that there wasn`t one but the owner would come and explain what was available. I ordered water from the waitress but the owner took 20 minutes to...come explain, after which, he scolded me as I had not gone inside to see the menu! When I told him that we asked for it and were told it wasn't available he just said..."anyway"....and blurted the six starters he had. I told him to explain better and he scolded me as if I shouldn't ask twice. Then I asked on main course, particularly fish. He told me the two fishes available but in Italian. I asked him for the names of the fish in Maltese or English and he replied abruptly... "Che ne so" (How should I know?"). Then I asked to see the fish and he got nervous again and left hurriedly (as he is also the cook). Then the lady waitress intervened as if to apologise and she directed me to go inside and I would see the fish myself. I did so. One fish I recognised (Pagell) but the other not. They were clearly for one person each , but when I asked the weight of each fish the owner again intervened and said once again, "Che ne so? Non so quanto fame avete!" (How should I know, I don't know how hungry you are!") At that point I wanted to leave but it was past 9pm and to find another restaurant with no booking seemed a bad idea. So I opted to ignore him and stay. However when I asked about the starter and if I could have 2 small portions of pasta he replied (again abruptly) , "minimum 100grams each!". So with a deep breath, I ordered one portion and shared. I also asked about how the fish were served, once again he replied nervously....patate and zucchini, but then, a second later, he said "No, patate no, finished!" Trust me at this point the experience had become unpleasant. Then came the food. The pasta was admittedly good but not sensational. The pagell fish was also good and served with a few pieces of Zucchini. The other fish (still no name provided) was rather `dry`, it tasted quite `cheap`and was also served with a few pieces of zucchini. The wine, Italian, was suggested by the lady waitress, and was good, well suited with fish. Overall, this is a restaurant to AVOID. The owner is rude, arrogant and paternalistic. He has no idea of providing good (let alone excellent) customer service. The food is good but nothing out of the ordinary. I suspect that his `tactics`with customers are there to ensure they eat what he has available rather than from a set menu of available choices. In addition given that both fishes I ordered were for one person, his reluctance to state their weight was simply so that he would overcharge in the bill, in my case the fish were charged at 32 euro each and with practically nothing served with them. The one plate of pasta was charged at €18. Wine €25 (acceptable). One bottle of water at €4.50 and one sorbet at €3.50. The total bill was 115 euro which is high considering the quality/quantity of food ordered, but my main point in this review is that the owner has some serious attitude problems with customers and if I could give him some advice it would be to stay in the kitchen. His waitress is a delightful courteous person with a permanent smile, except when he comes out and makes his show of bad attitude. If he is under pressure to cook, whilst also going out to meet his customers to explain the food he has available, he should leave the explaining and serving of customers to his waitress. Otherwise, it will end up like many comments on his restaurant, i.e., bad service, bad experience and overpriced food. Dining out should be a delightful experience, but with him around, it becomes the opposite. So thank you for ruining our night and don`t be surprised about our comments, they are the least I can do to ensure other patrons avoid having to endure the same `nightmare` while paying good money for it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 August 2021

If you're not into seafood, this isn't the place for you. But if you are, make it a point to come here! I head to Żurrieq specifically to eat here - there's no better place in Malta for fresh fish and seafood, prepared simply and...unpretentiously, but perfectly. It's a small, casual place, and not the kind with an extensive menu of choices - it's the kind of place where everything is incredibly fresh and you can trust yourself in the hands of the owner. Take his recommendations and you'll be treated to a seafood feast!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 28 July 2021

Totally disappointed as I had high hopes following the online rating of this restaurant!!! Prices are on the high-end whilst quality and quantiy is low. Maybe it was not our lucky day but will not try our luck again.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 25 July 2021

The location is really nice but the prices are way expensive for the quality offered, and the service is amateurish with arrogant manager/owner.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 June 2021 via mobile

I agree with previous reviews : way overpriced & arrogant owner. Very limited menu : only antipasti and pasta. No meat dishes, no fresh fish…. Disappointed ! Two days earlier, we had dinner at the Coast Restaurant which is 100 m further down the road...: that was waaaayyyy better.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 9 February 2021

Booked a week out to ensure a good table and ended up with the best seat in the house at the front of the restaurant facing the sea (and Sunday drivers). The place has space for about 15 covers, so small. If I sat inside...I would have been less impressed. We sat, service is below casual. The single helper (cannot call him a waiter as no skills or concept of the industry was apparant) was polite enough, adorned in a track suit and had trouble with English and who I can only guess was probably employed to clean the place or wash dishes and doubling as waiter. No real menu so we asked for a mix of antipasti available. These were good. We were all happy with the quality, freshness, and flavors. Octopus was excellent. As a spoiler alert, this food alone ended up being 45 euro a head! We then had 2 pasta's that cost 36 euro for both. The pasta was average, and not on par with the antipasti. The experince was good until you stew on the price of it. Service for a hole in the wall is what was expected. Below standard but for a casual, no frills, beach bar type of place you kind of accept it.......until they present you with the hand written bill! Knowing it was fresh you expect to pay. However this was quite an exaggeration. We live in the mediterranian, surrounded by sea. One of the starters was 59 Euro, being hand written I could only guess it was the 8 prawns, over 7 euro a prawn! Overall, although the food was mostly good, the price does leave a sour taste in your mouth with a sense of being ripped off. In Sicily, where I guess the owner is from, this meal would cost no more than 25 to 35% of the total bill presented. But I guess us Maltese are suckers like that as we tend to accept this increasingly common reality.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Response from elcorte | Reviewed this property |
I am sure, because the cook will personally compose your meal according to what you like. They serve mainly fish. I don t think they have glutenfree pasta, so just eat your veggies, sauces and fish.
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Not a vast selection but sure to find very decent choice to go with the food. But the experience is mainly to do with the food!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5