Grotto Tavern – The 8-course taster menu is €80 for 2 people, or €40 each, and must be booked in advance.
5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago NEW
We wanted to celebrate a special occasion with something unusual and different from the standard restaurant fare. A friend recommended the 8-course taster menu at the Grotto Tavern Restaurant, served in a cave under the restaurant.
The Grotto Tavern is in the centre of Rabat, opposite St. Paul's Church. For those unfamiliar, the old centre of Rabat is packed with caves, catacombs, shelters and all sorts of underground cavities. We booked in advance for 4 adults, and on arrival were shown down a flight of stairs to a very attractive cave-like grotto. The grotto is only big enough for about four tables. There were 10 people in all, us and 6 others, but the atmosphere was so unique that we would not have minded if we were all alone.
The 8-course taster menu is €80 for 2 people, or €40 each, and must be booked in advance. This is actually quite reasonable considering even dessert is included. Only drinks are extra.
We started off with homemade breads and dips, then swordfish & tuna carpaccio, seared rabbit liver, goats cheese gnocchi, meagre (gurbell) fillet, bajtra granata (prickly pear liquer on crushed ice) and rack of lamb.
Each dish was uniquely flavoured and presented like a work of art. Our server Vasilena explained every plate in great detail.
The quantities are small, as you would expect in a taster menu, but by the end we were quite full. The last dish was a combination of four different desserts on a plate.
This is indeed a really unique and unusual dining experience, and excellent value for money. I would not hesitate to recommend it. It is definitely aimed more at adults not children, although the upstairs restaurant has a varied menu which is more suited for families.
Visited August 2016