Marsalforn is a popular resort on the Maltese island of Gozo. A parade of restaurants line up along the seafront overlooking the small beach and harbour. We tried several of these restaurants during our stay in Marsalforn bay. Otters restaurant serves Maltese and Italian food and is set away from the main strip of restaurants in Marsalforn bay. You can read more about foods we recommend to try in Gozo here.
Visited: September 2016
Dining with a sea view
Great local wine
Rabbit stew was excellent
Free plate of tapas of local foods
Nothing stood out as a negative here
We visited on a Friday night having had the restaurant recommended to us by a friend with local connections. We were a little nervous about what lay ahead having had a less than great meal the previous night at Il Gambero, which, bizarrely enough scores higher on TripAdvisor than Otters.
To start, we ordered the lampuki to share. Lampuki is the Maltese name for the dorado fish (or mahi-mahi), which is a type of fish that migrates past the islands of Malta from mid August to the end of December. The dish, as with other seafood dishes we have tried in Gozo, tasted of little other than the cooking method (oil and butter). Having said that it was a very meaty fish, although the small bones made it slightly hard work.
Next up came a complimentary tapas dish of local Gozitan food – capers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chorizo and water biscuits (locally known as Galletti crackers) – very nice washed down with a local Cisk beer.
For our main course we both opted for rabbit stew and a bottle of Victoria Heights (local wine) Cabernet Sauvignon. We were pleasantly surprised to find it was much nicer wine than some of those we had tried previously on our holiday, and it went perfectly well with the rabbit.
Each stew contained a whole rabbit, a rich stew sauce with hints of brandy and red wine and a side of homemade fresh tagliatelle. The dish was deliciously rich, meaty (and one we’re going to try to recreate at home) with generous portions and excellent flavours. The meal was rounded off with a free liqueur – we opted for a sweet prickly pear option – alongside a reasonable bill.
The whole experience was superior to many other restaurants we had tried in the area.
Overall verdict: (8/10)
Cost of food: €30 per head including beer, starter, a generous main and a bottle of nice wine.
Off St Mary’s Street,