It was a rather warm winter afternoon, and as the conference we were attending in St. Julians came to an end, we were looking around to find somewhere open to eat in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday, with good reviews on TripAdvisor and preferably with an outdoor terrace to enjoy the sun. Apart from that we wanted somewhere outside of the Paceville/St. Julians area. Rather picky ey? However when you live in Malta and you’re surrounded by some very good restaurants, you’ll get the choice to be picky about your eateries. Whilst browsing on TripAdvisor, one place stood out, and that was One80 in the picturesque town of Mellieha.
From the moment we arrived it turned out in the most perfect afternoon which extended into an even more beautiful evening. Parking was not an issue as there were ample parking spaces just outside the restaurant. That’s definitely something that you don’t get too often here. We were immediately greeted as we stepped foot in the door by a very nice waitress. We opted to stay outside and although it was a nice sunny afternoon, the air was still cold, so the blankets we were provided with were very much welcomed.
The first thing that you realise once you’re in their terrace is that it clicks as to why the restaurant is called One80. It has an amazing 180degrees view of Mellieha with the Sanctuary at the top of the hill on one end and the famous Mellieha bay on the other (Ghadira Bay).
As we took our place on our table, we were first welcomed by their amazing bread and One80’s own specially bottled Olive Oil which looks amazing and tastes even better accompanied by an amazingly soft piece of plain goat’s cheese. The tenderness of that goat’s cheese is something that makes the whole trip worthwhile!
That day we opted to order Crab (neonati and prawn croquette, with tomato and chilli jam) and Pulled pork fritters (with pancetta, garlic aioli, pea shoots) for our starters followed by a 700 grams of Chateaubriand with crispy onions, béarnaise sauce, sautéed shallots and mushroom to share between the two of us as the main course.
The food was to die for from start to finish. As we ate and enjoyed our time out on the terrace, we also enjoyed a nice bottle of wine followed by a couple of the fun and flirty one-of-a-kind cocktails which the barman here mixed-up for us.
As the evening cold started coming our way, we decided to head inside to be cosier and took a seat at the bar where we ate our deserts and sipped on some more original cocktails. There was crème brûlée on the deserts menu – so I didn’t even need to look at the others as what can top a nice crème brûlée right? Well, Alan’s strawberry millefoglie was a very close second.
As we ordered our cafe macchiato followed by a complimentary shot of their frozen limoncello (literally the best limoncello I’ve ever tasted), we realised that we’ve been at One80 for well over 5 hours and we’ve enjoyed every bit of the afternoon and evening.
So what made this pleasant day an amazing experience apart from the food? The service was second to none throughout starting from the waitresses and followed all the way to the barman, the cashier and even the owner who happened to be there that day.
This place has since developed into our go to safe haven when we have something to celebrate, or when we just want a nice quiet restaurant with great service, great view and even better food.
Since we started frequenting One80 we were very happy to learn that they decided to expand on their success and opened up a lovely cafe’ in the heart of Naxxar called One80 Cafe. We had the opportunity to try One80 Cafe earlier last month and once again it was an experience worth cherishing!
Visiting One80 is definitely a 5* experience and we urge you all to give this gem of a restaurant a visit. It will definitely be worth it!