Listen, people get paid to write reviews of fancy restaurants. They tend to use a lot of adjectives to give the impression that the business of cooking food, serving food and eating food is somehow elevated beyond the fact that this is something you and I experience every day.
Anyway the Washington Post is probably not going to send it’s food critic to La Stalla (‘The Stable’) anytime soon, but don’t worry because we have been there and are happy to report back for you.
Not being particularly snobby eaters we decided to go for the set menu deal, which gives you a few variations on a three course meal. Drink not included but the set menu option only costs €13.50 so we won’t complain.
Looking for a full English breakfast? No problem friend, you will find them all over the island.
Burger and chips? As far as the eye can see.
If you fancy something a little more local, then there is a pastizzeria just around the corner.
Healthy option you say? Ehhhh…..
Well Goldie’s Cafe in Msida manages the tricky combination of healthy and delicious. A rarity indeed, especially away from the Euro-hub of Sliema/St Julians.
It is a very nicely appointed little cafe, with artistic flourishes on the walls and in the preparation of the food. Lots of variations on wraps and salads, and the menu specials change to reflect the fresh ingredients delivered that day.
One example of this was this very delicious wrap.
On a return visit I tried the orange and red cabbage juice – in suitably hipster-ish container- which was advertised as a way to ‘completely protect yourself from cancer development’. I feel this may be something of an exaggeration, but it was tasty and most probably very healthy too.
I also went for this Tower Sandwich filled with salmon, crab, onion, tuna, egg, mayo and topped with pineapple. It was amazing, up there with Leaning of Pisa and Bridge as one of the best Towers I have encountered.
Goldies cafe is one of the best on the island although it is tricky to find so check out their website for more info. I just wish I had stumbled across it before now.