Michelin has announced its Malta Michelin Guide for 2021 with two new restaurants awarded Michelin stars, bringing the total number of Michelin Starred restaurants in Malta to five. The new Michelin Guide highlights the islands’ outstanding restaurants, breadth of cuisine styles and culinary skills located across Malta and Gozo.
Established in the late 19th century, Michelin has maintained its benchmark of international gastronomy for more than 120 years, recognising some of the greatest cuisine in the world.
The two new restaurants joining the existing one star restaurants De Mondion, Noni and Under Grain are Bahia and ION – The Harbour.
The Malta Michelin Guide has also identified five restaurants taking positive steps to work in a more sustainable way, highlighting their inspiring practices. The restaurants highlighted for their initiatives include The Harbour Club, Noni, Briju, De Mondion and Tmun.
Local ingredients grown on the islands have developed Malta into a vibrant gastronomy scene. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta has established itself as a culinary destination which serves up a diverse range of dishes influenced by Mediterranean, African and Arabic traditions.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: “The last year has created enormous challenges for the hospitality industry around the world and our hearts go out to all those facing difficulties in these trying times. Our inspectors, like the restaurants themselves, have had to adapt, but we were very pleased that they were able to spend time on the islands and find two new Michelin Stars and 5 new Michelin ‘Plates’ to add to the Guide.”
Director of Malta Tourism Authority UK and Ireland, Tolene van der Merwe commented: “Malta is proud of its Michelin awarded restaurants, and these latest accolades demonstrate how the destination continues to position itself as a must-visit culinary destination. The island’s exciting food scene has been amplified over the past couple of years by the presence of the Michelin Guide in Malta, and we are thrilled travellers now have more Michelin restaurants to choose from when they visit our beautiful archipelago.”
As of 1 June 2021, Malta will welcome passengers from the UK who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. British travellers who can show proof of full vaccination received at least 14 days before arriving in the country will no longer have to provide a negative PCR test certificate 72 hours prior to, or on arrival in Malta.