Post-holiday season can be extremely dull. After almost a month of cheery carols, large portions of hearty food, endless social events, we are left with short gloomy days and a long list of New Year’s resolutions. On top of this, the Maltese winter hasn’t been very kind this year either. Temperatures dropping below average, I have lost the enthusiasm to leave my comfy hole, a.k.a the couch. I am obviously being melodramatic, but hey! What’s up with this weather?

Since we had Arthur spending the day with the grandparents, Damon and I decided to swap our many layers of warm clothing to something a bit more presentable, and get out of the house for a change. I mean after all, it was Saturday!

Charles Grech Bistro was one of those places we had been meaning to visit for quite some time. Known for their many stores that stock luxurious wines, spirits and fine tobacco, the brand has also branched into the catering world.

Though a small place, the bistro has a very elegant and luxurious feel to it. As we entered the premises, we were greeted by the neatly dressed waiting staff and shown to our perfectly set table. From the moment of entrance you can sense the high standards the place has set – from monogrammed glasses, spotless leather sofas to refined menus.

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There is nothing more quintessential than a warm, soothing bowl of soup on a gloomy winter day. My choice fell on the Roast Butternut Squash Soup drizzled with walnut oil to satisfy my liquid cravings. Damon decided to join me on the soup wagon, and ordered the Pea and Mint Soup with bits of Pancetta.

Roast Butternut Squash Soup

Pea and Mint Soup

The smooth, earthy bowls of goodness hit just the right spot. As we were finishing off the last few bits, I thought the place would make an excellent venue for a boozy girls brunch, and already started planning one in my head. I cannot say a bunch of people walking around with fancy glasses of champagne did not contribute to that idea 😀

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For the main, I went with yet another meat-free dish and ordered a starter portion of Mushroom Risotto. Since the soup was quite filling I started struggling to finish it, but kept reaching for my spoon, because the risotto was so darn delicious.

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Damon had their famous Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb elegantly placed over a selection of vegetables. As he praised the tenderness of the meat and exceptionally tasty crust, I chomped on his side – Jack Daniels flamed mushrooms. I cannot say enough about those mushrooms! Succulent, creamy, savoury, rich and simply cooked to absolute perfection! I have never enjoyed a side dish this much in my life.

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Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

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Jack Daniels flamed mushrooms

 

I consider my self quite the French Fry connoisseur (lol), and Charles Grech Bistro fries have made it to my Top 3 😀

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I decided to ditch the refined sugar (well, drastically reduce), but I could not sit still when Damon’s order of an all time classic  Chocolate fondant arrived. I know, I know… I need to work on that will power, but how can you say no to a rich, gooey art of a dessert? I limited myself to two spoons, but very much struggled to stop nibbling on that Biscotti Ice-cream that beautifully complimented the fondant.

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Luxurious setting, smooth jazz in the background, scrumptious food, and attentive waiting staff made an ordinary Saturday lunch into a delightful experience. The only thing I regretted as we were leaving was not visiting the venue earlier!

For reservations contact +356 2132 0926

59, Sir Adrian Dingli Street, Sliema, Malta

www.charlesgrech.com
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