De Mondion Restaurant at the Xara Palace Hotel, Mdina, won the top Overall Restaurant Award and scored the highest points for food, service and ambience in the annual survey conducted by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide, supported by the Malta Tourism Authority, HSBC and Marsovin.

Over 1,700 regular diners took part in the survey

The presentations were made by Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Mario de Marco during a gala dinner at the Grand Ballroom, Radisson Blu Resort and Spa, Golden Sands, last Monday.

Over 1,700 regular diners took part in the survey – the largest response to date – voting for their favourite restaurants. As participants eat out at least twice a week on average, this is the equivalent of more than 176,800 individual dining experiences.

The 2012 edition sees 22 new restaurants featured on the guide, including an increase in artisan cuisine restaurants. The Guide together with an updated version of the survey results were also launched during the evening.

The Guide’s managing director, Lisa Grech, said: “We are delighted that 12 years on we are still the number one restaurant guide in Malta.”

The restaurants that received awards based on food, service, ambience and overall ratings were De Mondion, Blue Elephant, Oceana, Grill 3301, Palazzo Parisio and Gardens – The Luna Collection, The Arches, The Edge, Taste, Medina, Bottega del Vino, Patrick’s Tmun, Sa Re Ga Ma, Quadro, Tarragon, Temptasian, Tartarun, Pulitos, Hibiki, Nuvo, Gazebo, The Terrace, Ta’ Karolina, Kon Tiki, Buffalo Bill’s, Ristorante Tigne, Ta’ Frenċ, Shiva’s, Nargile, Can Thai, Spice Island, Le Luci Di Marsascala, The Lord Nelson, Essence, Zest, Sciacca, Rebekah’s, La Mère, Villa Brasserie, The Boat House, Al Molo and Zeri’s.

Additional awards werepresented to Ta’ Marija (Best Maltese Food, sponsored by the Tourism Ministry), Tarragon (Best Business Entertainment, sponsored by Pendergardens), Tarragon (Most Romantic Restaurant, sponsored by Gaudex Wines of Attard and Co), Mamma Mia (Best Children-Friendly, sponsored by the Malta Baby and Kids Directory), Da Marina (Best Restaurant Offering Vegetarian Options, sponsored by Good Earth Ltd), Blue Elephant (Best Restroom, sponsored by Calmic Hygiene Services), Mamma Mia (Best Value for Money), De Mondion (Best Service, sponsored by Charles Grech) and The Luna Collection (Best Ambience – Palazzo Parisio and Gardens).

Patrick’s Tmun wine list was rated for three awards: the ‘Best Overall’ wine list, ‘The People’s Choice’ wine list (rated from the survey) and best ‘Presentation and Accessibility’ wine list.

Ta’ Frenċ wine list was voted best for ‘Fine Wines’ and The Arches for ‘Maltese wines’.

The results of the restaurant survey can be found in the 2012 edition of The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants, available on-line at

It is also available at leading stationers and bookshops in Malta and Gozo.

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