Xara Palace Relais et Chateau Hotel, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of de Mondion
This is genuine fine dining – with a price to match – in a 17th-century palazzo in Malta’s atmospheric first capital, Mdina. de Mondion was rated top by Malta’s Definitive Good Guide to Restaurants for the umpteenth time this year and it isn’t hard to see why.
There are intricate dishes, artistically presented – even with edible flowers and perfect carrot crisps – and cooked to perfection. de Mondion’s French-Mediterranean food - mostly meat-based but with some fish - is very hard to beat. There are just five options for starters, main courses, and puddings.
It offers al fresco dining on the narrow terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside (particularly lovely at night) or traditonal dining in old-style elegance with red velvet seating and thick white linen cloths. Quiet, refined and at your service.
Service is smart, traditional and attentive.
In a little limestone square just round the corner from the cathedral is a 17th-century palazzo converted into Mdina’s only hotel. At its very top with panormic views from the terrace, is de Mondion. Note if you are coming by car you have to park outside Mdina (though that is only a few minutes walk away).
No question, it’s expensive: starters are 17-30 euros, and mains 30-40 euros.
Enjoy the terrace on a summer Saturday – watch the festa fireworks from on high.
More information on de Mondion:
- Price guide:
- French, Mediterranean, Modern
- Xara Palace Relais et Chateau Hotel, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina
- 21 450 560
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 7.30-10.30pm. Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential